What is vision therapy?
Vision is not simply about being able to see letters at the bottom of an eye test chart, but about the ability to use our eyes properly, efficiently and to derive meaning from the result of these actions.
Of all our senses vision is the most important to the learning process. Over 85% of all we ever learn is thought to originate via sight. Nevertheless, the least investigated and most overlooked sense when a child demonstrates learning difficulties is often the same - vision.
Vision therapy can be beneficial in a range of conditions, including children with educational difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), brain injury and stress-related vision problems.
Symptoms that may indicate the need for vision therapy include fatigue with reading, short attention span, difficulty keeping place when reading, finger following when reading, reversals of letters of words, skips, rereads or omits words or lines, reading part of word and guessing the rest and poor coordination.
Vision therapy - Assessment
Following an introductory eye exam and consultation, you will have a one hour appointment where your visual development will be investigated. You then return for further one hour appointment where we focus on the development of your eyes’ teaming skills using various ophthalmic techniques. At your final appointment, which will be a little longer at one hour 30 minutes, we will analyse your visual memory skills and eye tracking ability.
After these appointments you will be advised of the results and the treatment plan recommended.
Vision therapy - Treatment
In most cases a vision therapy treatment plan involves a 30 minute session every two or three weeks. Outside of these sessions we set exercises for you to practice at home. These exercises, which are based around competencies such as following objects with your eyes, how you picture things in your head and how your eyes focus on close objects, are fun and take around 15 minutes to complete. For the best progress we advise you practice four times a week. You can get more information by getting in touch with us or by visiting our dyslexia services website.