Vision plays a critical role in our learning, working, and recreational activities. Vision is more than just having 20/20 eyesight. Many patients have good eyesight, but their vision is still in trouble. This generally means that the eyes are not working together as a team and hence the message sent to the brain is confusing.
Two-thirds of all information we receive is visual and 75%-90% of classroom learning comes through our visual system in the form of perception. Vision is the ability to understand what is seen, how we form our perception of the world. When we use our vision the brain organizes the information seen and gives it meaning. Vision develops in a sequence of predictable stages during the first 12 years of life. It is shaped by genetics, health, and experiences in our environment. Vision can therefore be trained.
Vision therapy is a set of procedures that are individualized and prescribed by an optometrist to teach a patient how to improve a weak visual system. Only optometrists who specialize in children's vision and binocular vision offer vision therapy. These optometrists may be known as Behavioral, Developmental, or Functional Optometrists.
Vision therapy is an extremely effective treatment for the following disorders: