What is Vision Therapy?

Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy. Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:

  • eye alignment
  • eye teaming
  • eye focusing abilities
  • eye movements, and/or
  • visual processing

Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?

Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:

Learning-related Vision Problem
Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).

Poor Binocular Coordination
Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).

Strabismus and Amblyopia
Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better.

Stress-induced Visual Difficulties
21st century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Children and adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. C.V.S. (Computer Vision Syndrome) is one of the fastest growing health concerns in the workplace today. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce eyestrain, headaches, and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.

Visual Rehabilitation for Special Populations
Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system (such as, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, whiplash, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.). Vision Therapy can effectively treat the visual consequences of trauma (including double vision).

Sports Vision Improvement
Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body as to what to do! Accurate vision and athletic visual skills can be measured, developed, and enhanced through Vision Therapy. We can measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking, and visualization skills (to mention just a few).

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Success Stories with our Chattanooga Vision Therapy Experts

Her ability to read books with multiple lines and ‘chapter’ books has increased dramatically. She skipped words and lines continuously and now only rarely and she corrects herself. She is able to read for longer periods of time as well and comprehends what she is reading.
From the Parent of a 6 Year Old
He is more focused on his schoolwork. His handwriting has improved dramatically – he tries real hard to match and copy letters, numbers, etc. His ability to catch balls is better due to seeing it right.
From the Parent of a 6 Year Old
When I received his first progress report for the year, he was getting Cs and Ds. His report card last week included As and Bs. I have noticed that he is more comfortable with reading and he is able to read more thoroughly without asking for help, especially when sounding out more complex words.
From the Parent of a 7 Year Old
He doesn’t throw tantrums when you ask him to read – no more climbing under the table – and he can stay on task longer. We hope to have a great first grade year!
From the Parent of a 7 Year Old
Just in the past two weeks he has blossomed into a ‘reader.’ He is now willingly reading grade level chapter books! He reads faster and longer. Less frustration. More willing to try challenging books.
From the Parent of a 8 Year Old
Coordination has improved. He seemed to gain skills and confidence on the basketball court throughout the season. The change was significant.
From the Parent of a 8 Year Old
He seems to have very few reversed letters in schoolwork. He has begun spontaneous reading. Does not complain about headaches after a school day like he did last year.
From the Parent of a 8 Year Old
Her coordination has improved and she is much less accident prone. She seems to have more energy and doesn’t complain of tiredness and headaches as she once did. Her rhythm and timing, though still weak, are better and she is more relaxed and confident than she was six months ago. I was amazed at the difference in her handwriting! She has noticed that it takes less time to read books and directions because she doesn’t read the same lines and words over and over again. She noted that life was just less frustrating and made more sense.
From the Parent of a 10 Year Old
He has exhibited better reading skills. In addition, we had a parent-teacher conference and their feedback on his improvement was awesome! They stated that he has more self-confidence, is reading much better, is completing his classwork and homework more completely, and has shown tremendous improvement.
From the Parent of a 10 Year Old
We have noticed that he will start and finish a project now. In school he can now read questions on a test for himself and answer them very well. Before we had to read all problems for him.
From the Parent of a 14 Year Old

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