What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is an individualized program of visual activities that develops efficient visual skills. Conditions it can improve include eye movement disorders, certain binocular vision dysfunctions, focusing disorders, strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), and certain visual processing disorders (visual perception). The program is conducted under the supervision of an optometrist.
During a comprehensive eye examination, if there are certain signs and symptoms indicating possible deficiencies in visual skills, a Vision Therapy Evaluation is recommended. During the Vision Therapy Evaluation, standardized tests which are not conducted in a routine eye examination are completed to determine if there are any deficient visual skills which can be improved by vision therapy. This evaluation can take up to 3 hours and span over 2 to 3 visits.
What are the effects of poor visual skills?
Deficiencies in visual skills can lead to poor reading, reduced reading comprehension, increased headaches & eye fatigue with near work, and poor eye-hand coordination effecting sports performance. It can effect individuals of all ages.
The Vision Therapy Program
The Vision Therapy Program involves 1 hour of office sessions every 2 weeks along with 20 to 30 minutes of eye activities to be done at home, 5 days out of the week.
The number of Vision Therapy Sessions required depend on the visual skills that need to be treated. They can range from as little as 4 sessions to 20+ sessions. A more accurate estimate will be given after the Vision Therapy Evaluation.
Vision therapy is not covered under MSP. You may inquire with your insurance provider to see if it is a service covered under your benefits.