Vision Therapy FAQ

Not all vision problems need surgery or corrective lenses to improve your sight. If your child’s vision is “off” due to poor eye teaming or focusing skills, he or she could be a candidate for vision therapy. Vision therapy may help improve the neurological connection between your child’s brain and eyes to help develop visual skills essential to good sight. These FAQs from us at Blue Ridge Vision in Blue Ridge, GA,  can help explain more about vision therapy and how it works to improve sight.

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What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is, in essence, a program of eye exercises that can help “train” the eyes to work in unison in order to improve the quality of your sight. It can be helpful to children who have difficulty learning in school due to lazy eye, cross eyes or other eye conditions, as it helps them develop or improve eye skills that may help improve their sight.  

How does vision therapy work practically?

Vision therapy can be an organized eye “training” program developed, conducted and supervised by your eye doctor to improve your child’s sight. This program may consist of eye exercises, interactive activities and games to develop the visual skills your child is lacking. Our optometrist on our optometry team may meet with your child weekly in-office for his sessions. In addition, your child may be given “homework” to reinforce the skills he’s learning at home.

What’s the purpose of vision therapy?

Vision therapy is used to help improve visual efficiency by strengthening the connection between the brain and your child’s eyes. This connection may affect various aspects of your child’s sight, such as how he perceives images received by his eyes, his ability to focus, his visual tracking skills, his eye teaming skills, etc. Strengthening these skills can make it easier for your child to learn in school and perform daily tasks.

Who can benefit from vision therapy?

Although vision therapy can be recommended for children, it may also help teens and adults suffering from the following eye conditions:  

  • Crossed eyes
  • Lazy eye
  • Poor eye teaming
  • Poor eye tracking

Vision therapy can enhance your eye teaming, focusing and tracking skills, visual memory skills, visual processing skills, depth perception and hand-eye coordination to optimize your sight.

How do I know if my child needs vision therapy?

If your child is struggling with reading or learning, in general, contact your eye doctor to schedule an eye exam. After testing your child’s visual clarity, focus, teaming and tracking skills, our Blue Ridge optometrist can help determine if this program can be beneficial to your child.

See Our Optometrist on Our Optometry Team for Vision Therapy

To learn more about vision therapy and how it can benefit you, contact us at Blue Ridge Vision in Blue Ridge, GA, at (706) 946-4455. Our eye doctor is here to help.

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