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Vision Therapy

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is the art and science of developing visual skills to optimize vision, performance, and comfort. You can think of it as a form of physical therapy for the eyes and brain. It’s one of the most effective nonsurgical treatments for a variety of eye conditions, including:

  • Vision-related learning disabilities
  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Strabismus
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Amblyopia

Generally, patients of all ages can benefit from vision therapy. Your Cooper Eye Care optometrist can help you determine whether it’s the right course of treatment for you.

How Does Vision Therapy Work?

At Cooper Eye Care, vision therapy is supervised by the staff of skilled eye care professionals and involves the use of cutting-edge computerized equipment to improve eye tracking, focusing, teaming, and perceptual skills.

Although vision therapy programs are customized for you, they generally consist of weekly in-office visits involving the use of the following:

  • Balance boards
  • Corrective lenses
  • Electronic targets with a timing mechanism
  • Occluders and eye patches
  • Optical filters
  • Prism lenses
  • Therapeutic lenses
  • Visual motor sensory training devices

Managed care and time constraints mean that in-office therapy is not practical for everyone. Therefore, in-office therapy once a week is generally supplemented with home therapy.

The experts at Cooper Eye Care have developed an automated home therapy system that can effectively address common, simple eye muscle problems.

Is Vision Therapy Safe?

Yes, vision therapy is a safe, drug-free, nonsurgical way of dealing with a variety of eye issues. While issues like visual acuity require corrective lenses or surgery, vision therapy is the safest and one of the most effective ways to deal with problems such as poor visual skills that make tracking along a line of text difficult, regardless of patient age.

Am I a Good Candidate for Vision Therapy?

The first step in starting vision therapy is a comprehensive eye examination to determine if you’re an ideal candidate. Following a thorough evaluation, one of the skilled optometrists at Cooper Eye Care can advise you as to whether vision therapy is right for you and can outline realistic expectations for how it can help.

In many cases, such as with myopia, vision therapy isn’t a cure, but rather an effective management tool. However, once therapy is completed, the benefits should last a lifetime.

To find out if vision therapy is right for you, call Cooper Eye Care or use online booking to schedule a comprehensive eye evaluation today.

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