What Is Vision Therapy?

  • child receiving vision therapy

Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for some eye conditions that is offered by eye care professionals, including those at Palm Beach Eye Center. It plays a similar role in eye care that physical therapy plays in care of the rest of the body. It can be used to correct a variety of vision problems and eye conditions.

What Can Vision Therapy Treat?

Vision therapy has been used to successfully treat the following:

  • Strabismus or heterotropia ( more commonly known as crossed eyes or lazy eye);
  • Diplopia (also known as double vision)
  • Eye strain;
  • Convergence insufficiency;
  • Vision problems that interfere with learning tasks, such as reading.

Types of Vision Therapy

The field of vision therapy can be divided into the following types:

  • Behavioral Optometry: Some medical professionals assert that some vision problems, such as the lack of the ability to focus or properly shift visual attention, can result in weakened reading skills. Behavioral vision therapy attempts to correct the vision problems, in hopes that improved reading ability will result.

  • Orthoptics: This type of therapy is effective at correcting disorders such as convergence insufficiency, strabismus, and diplopia. It usually combines both in-office treatment and at home exercises. It makes use of eye exercises, specialized contact lenses, and computer programs to help treat eye conditions.

If you think that vision therapy may help with your eye condition, the first step is to schedule an appointment with an eye care professional. If your eye doctor prescribes vision therapy, expect to receive treatment for thirty minutes to a full hour every week. In addition, you will most likely have certain exercises to complete at home.

If you live in the Palm Beach area and are suffering from vision problems, please contact Palm Beach Eye Center and find out which types of treatment are right for your specific needs and conditions.