How Does Vision Therapy Work?
Vision therapy requires the supervision of a doctor and is tailored to one’s visual needs. It is normally conducted in-office, about one to two times a week for 30 minutes to one hour. Sometimes, these practices can be done at home.
It makes use of therapeutic lenses, prisms, filters, occluders or patches, timed electronic targets, balance boards as well as other tools made specifically for unique vision therapy activities.
Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy?
Studies show that one in 10 children have visual issues that impact their academic life negatively, especially those whose eyes do not function well. Regardless of their visual acuity―which is defined as sharpness of vision―this type of therapy helps patients follow objects around them with their eyes.
Having normal visual acuity, that is, having “20/20 vision“, does not equate to have perfect vision. It merely gives a numerical measure for the sharpness or clarity of one’s vision at a certain distance.
Vision therapy addresses other essential visual skills, such as peripheral awareness (side vision), eye coordination (mentioned earlier with regards to teaming), depth perception, color vision, and focusing ability.
Vision therapy is useful for people, regardless of age, who are afflicted with amblyopia (“lazy eye“), convergence insufficiency, some forms of strabismus (misaligned eyes), and eye movement issues also known as oculomotor dysfunction, among other problems.