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Training Your Eyes & Brain for Optimal Performance

Optimal visual performance, comfort and clarity depends on proper communication between the eyes and the brain. Vision therapy is the science that helps achieve this optimal visual performance by developing and strengthening these communication pathways between the eyes and the brain.

Vision and eyesight are different processes. While eyesight refers to how your eyes gather information, vision refers to how your brain perceives and processes that information. Many people struggle with undiagnosed vision issues, even though they can see perfectly clearly.

Vision therapy is an individualized program tailored to the patient’s specific vision problems, training the eyes, brain, and muscles to work together as a cohesive unit. Through a variety of treatments and exercises, we can strengthen your vision and improve the way your mind processes visual stimuli.

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The Applications of Vision Therapy

Issues like double vision and focusing disorders can make even simple tasks difficult. By training your visual system to work properly, some patients are able to minimize visual dysfunction or, in some cases, eliminate it altogether. To some extent, vision is a skill. Vision therapy allows patients to practice this skill, strengthening their vision over time.

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Roughly 80% of learning is visual. Meanwhile, approximately a quarter of school-aged children have vision problems, many of which go undiagnosed. In some cases, vision problems are even misdiagnosed as learning disabilities.
By teaching the eyes and the brain to work together, vision therapy can help kids improve in reading, retaining information, and their overall ability to focus.

Read more about learning-related vision problems.

Both strabismus and amblyopia are sometimes known as lazy eyes or crossed eyes. When the eyes don’t align properly, each eye sends its own independent image to the brain rather than sending two parts of a single cohesive image. As a result, the patient sees two overlapping images, which we call double vision. Rather than try to interpret two images at once, the brain may start to ignore one eye, keeping it from moving in sync with the other.
These types of eye alignment issues do not go away on their own. They must be treated, or they can get worse.

Vision therapy helps strengthen the eye muscles and pull both eyes into alignment. Once the eyes are strong enough to align, the brain can maintain binocular vision, allowing the whole visual system to work together, producing a single clear image.

Read more about strabismus and amblyopia.

Brain trauma like a stroke or a concussion can result in a variety of issues, such as personality changes, cognitive difficulties, or vision problems. The visual effects from brain trauma may be as simple as getting headaches after short periods of reading, or as severe as not being able to read at all.

Just like speech therapy can help retrain the brain to use language, vision therapy can help retrain the brain to communicate with the eyes and interpret images.

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