CAN VISION THERAPY CURE DYSLEXIA?
We see many patients who exhibit symptoms similar to dyslexia. A functional vision exam will establish whether the problem is a visual one. There are cases in which a person had both dyslexia and a visual problem. In these cases, vision therapy should be part of a multi-disciplinary approach. Vision therapy does not cure dyslexia, but vision therapy can help improve visual perceptual skills, visual efficiency, and visual processing. Our approach, however, will allow a person to be more responsive to educational instruction. This often improves academic performance and reduces frustration.
HOW DOES VISION THERAPY DIFFER FROM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational Therapy performed on the eyes helps to strengthen the muscles by increasing the strength and range of movement. Vision Therapy (VT) is a sequence of therapeutic procedures that help to develop efficient visual skills and processing. VT is individually prescribed according to the unique needs of each patient and is monitored by an eye doctor. A VT program can include the use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, and computer programs as well physical exercises that help to improve the strength and effectiveness of the eyes. Through Vision Therapy, patients learn to process and interpret visual information while learning to use their visual abilities in a new way.