The VISION Development Team uses a host of vision therapy techniques to improve our patients’ visual coordination; to retrain the eye-brain-body connection so that any activity associated with vision can be improved. These are just a few of our main techniques can be helpful at any age:
- Vision Therapy—Sets of progressive vision exercises and techniques designed to boost eye-brain coordination to reduce visual processing difficulties.
- Reflex—This technique helps integrate primitive reflexes that should have been replaced by more mature postural reflexes as babies grow into older children, particularly as related to visual function. Our own Patricia Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT , INPP, is one of only a handful of Reflex authorities in America.
- Ortha-K— Orthokeratology is a non-surgical therapy that reshapes refractive errors in the cornea using individually-designed contacts worn while sleeping.
Vision Therapy for Learning Disabilities in Children
Many children who struggle with reading and focusing on tasks at school have a hidden vision-related problem aggravating their learning curve. In fact, there are many learning disabilities that are heavily impacted by dysfunction between the brain and visual systems. Combining vision therapy and Reflex can improve learning and quality of life for children with the following diagnoses:
- Sensory processing disorder
- Developmental delays and learning disabilities
- Crossed eyes or lazy eye
While each of these conditions varies in intensity and manifestation from child to child, combining vision therapy techniques can improve visual tracking, depth perception, convergence (training the eyes to work together for improved reading) and binocular coordination. Teaching the eyes to synch better with the brain in this manner helps children boost their ability to read, focus, and have fewer frustration-related behavioral problems.
Vision Therapy Trauma and Stress-Related Vision Problems
Adults and children can both experience traumatic injuries or stress and neurological problems that adversely affect vision:
- Near vision problems—Eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and double vision are increasing problems in the 21st century because of an explosion in computer and mobile device usage. Students, teachers and people who use computer screens for many hours a day can benefit from vision therapy techniques that can reduce stress on the entire visual system.
- Traumatic injury-related vision problems—Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), strokes, birth injuries, whiplash, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis can all have a severe impact on vision. Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the vision system and can help alleviate and improve brain-eye coordination to reduce struggles headaches, frustration and other symptoms.
Vision Therapy for Better Sports Performance
If you participate in sports, you know that eye coordination and body movement are inextricably linked. Vision therapy exercises and techniques can measure and boost hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision, focusing, eye teaming, tracking, visual reaction time, etc.
To learn more about how The VISION Development Team can help your or a loved one reach a better quality of life and learning through improved eye-brain coordination, contact us today at (440) 230-0923.