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Vision therapy now available at Finch Avenue Optometry

In office vision therapy is now being offered by Dr. Beth Schellenberg!

Vision Therapy

Vision therapy exercises are a customized, non-invasive correction for certain eye conditions that may affect visual acuity, depth perception, and how the eyes move, focus, and work as a team.

In order to determine if vision therapy would be a benefit, the doctor completes a comprehensive assessment to evaluate the functionality of your eyes. Even patients seeing 20/20 may benefit from having vision therapy. This assessment is called a binocular vision evaluation.

Symptoms and signs that suggest vision therapy may be a benefit may include:

  • double vision
  • avoiding near tasks
  • the presence of a lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • the presence of an eye turn (strabismus)
  • difficulty seeing clearly after sustained reading or computer work
  • persistent headaches with concentrated visual tasks
  • tendency to close or cover one eye when looking at a target
  • excessive blinking during concentrated visual tasks
  • short attention span for reading or writing tasks
  • losing place, rereading or skipping words while reading
  • words moving on the page when reading 

Vision therapy is performed using different corrective lenses, prisms, therapeutic lenses, filters, computer systems and more. Each patient receives a customized plan to address their specific needs, and as the patient improves the exercises become progressively more challenging. The intent is to enhance the visual-motor and perceptual-cognitive issues at hand. 

Depending on the nature of the issue, vision therapy exercises may be performed regularly at home or through weekly office visits.

Success with Vision Therapy

Success with vision therapy comes with a commitment to the prescribed therapy program. Time, consistency and motivation are required for success!

Patients who complete vision therapy often report fewer environmentally induced headaches, less blurry vision, reduced eyestrain, and decreased nausea. They also report improved peripheral vision, better hand eye coordination, better ability to focus, and improved reaction time. Vision Therapy is not only used to correct existing issues, but to enhance visual systems.

Please inform our staff that you require or are interested in a binocular vision examination or vision therapy so we may book you the appropriate time for assessment.