Vision Therapy

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is an individualized treatment regimen prescribed to help patients. It is a doctor-supervised program designed to improve the visual system’s function. This program provides patients with the opportunity for new visual experiences through the use of various tools such as Lenses, Prisms, Filters, 3D activities, and more.

At Clairhurst Eye Care, our priority is to create a program that is 100% tailored to the patient. We believe in an individualized approach, as everybody is unique and has specific goals and needs. Vision therapy can be advantageous for many patients, we provide vision therapy to all ages.

Purpose of Vision Therapy

The purpose of vision therapy is to ultimately improve one’s visual comfort, visual efficiency, and ease of movement. It can alter how a person interprets visual information and can also improve their depth perception. Whether you struggle to read, are an athlete, or are someone who has suffered from a brain injury, vision therapy can help you! 

Vision therapy goes far beyond eye exercises. It is a scientific-based program that can yield dramatic and rewarding results when combined with visual examinations and dedicated participation. 

What Does Vision Therapy Do?

Vision therapy is an excellent means of improving visual skills in people of all ages. Vision therapy can effectively aid in improving skills related to eye-tracking, eye teaming, focusing, eye-hand coordination, and visual processing. 

Additionally, vision therapy has been shown to be effective in treating more serious eye conditions, such as:

Amblyopia – Amblyopia is when one eye is weaker than the other, and the brain starts to ignore it. This can make your vision blurry or make it hard to see in 3D. It usually happens in kids and it can be caused by different things, like having one eye that is more nearsighted or farsighted than the other, or having an eye that wanders or is crossed. It is also known as “lazy eyes”.

Strabismus – Strabismus is when your eyes don’t look at the same thing at the same time. It can make you see double or have trouble with depth perception. Sometimes it happens all the time, and sometimes it comes and goes. It is also known as “crossed eye”.

Learning-related problems – If your child is struggling with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, reading difficulties, or having a hard time keeping up with their studies or sports activities, vision therapy can offer the necessary assistance to help them achieve success.

Brain injuries and concussions are common occurrences that can impact your visual skills, which are essential for everyday life. Our team can offer you a customized neuro-optometric rehabilitation plan to strengthen the connection between your eyes and brain and enhance your visual abilities.

How To Know If Your Child Needs Vision Therapy

If your child has or experiences any of the following, vision therapy can significantly change his or her life for the better:

  • Skipping words or lines while reading
  • Still not reading at grade level
  • Confusing the letters b, d, p and q
  • Rubbing eyes or closing one eye when reading or doing near work
  • Eyestrain or headaches with schoolwork or computer use
  • Holding books too closely or tilting head when reading
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension
  • Blurred or double vision when reading
  • Avoiding homework
  • Poor attention span
  • Fidgeting and squirming in the chair

Book an appointment today by calling our clinic at 416-516-3937 or use the request appointment link below.