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Some visual problems such as nearsightedness and presbyopia are correctable with glasses or contact lenses, while other issues with poor focusing and muscle imbalances are most effectively treated with optometric vision therapy. In some cases a combination of the two is required.
Vision therapy, an optometric specialty, has been shown to be clinically effective for accommodative disorders (focusing), binocular dysfunction (inefficient eye teaming), ocular motility dysfunctions (eye movement disorders), strabismus (turned eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye).
Visual skills such as accommodation (eye focusing), binocularity (eye coordination/eye teaming), oculomotor (eye movement skills) and eye hand coordination are neuro-muscular abilities. These visual skills are controlled by the muscles inside and outside of the eye and are networked with the brain.
Neuro-muscular abilities are learned and are developmental in nature. Weak visual skills will not go away with time and without treatment. Eye coordination/eye teaming, eye movement skills and eye hand coordination can be retrained to perform more efficiently at almost any age. Accommodation (eye focusing) can be improved until around age 40.
Optometric vision therapy is a set of procedures that are individualized and prescribed by an optometrist to teach a patient how to improve a weak or nonexistent visual skill or processing skill through the use of lenses, prisms, special computer programs and other treatment techniques. Our eye doctors will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will provide the optimum outcome for your personal vision difficulties.