What is Vision Therapy?

What is Vision Therapy?

Optometric Vision Therapy is a series or sequence of developmental vision procedures designed to help patients develop the necessary visual skills to function in life.

Vision therapy supports to improve eye teaming, eye movement and tracking skills, to assure the two eyes are working together correctly, and that the individual is processing visual information at an age-appropriate level.

In-office optometric vision therapy is conducted under the supervision of an Optometry Doctor and supported by ongoing, evidence-based scientific research. Each session is approximately 45 minutes weekly and is customized for each patient. The number of sessions depends on the patient’s diagnosis and individual needs.

Vision Therapy is for children and adults! While visual acuity (the "20/20" part of vision) requires glasses or contact lenses to improve, visual skills such as tracking, focusing, and teaming must be learned during development. These skills can also be improved later in
life at any age due to neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to form new neuronal connections from learned activities.

​​​​​​​Neuroplasticity is largely developed in the earlier years of life. However, certain methods and techniques can be used to change neuroplasticity at any point in life. Vision Therapy, and other similar types of treatment methods, actually change the gray matter volume within the brain. As a result, Vision Therapy exercises can change both function and brain structure to overcome vision problems.