What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a customised program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems and/or improve visual skills.
Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, vision therapy aims to “educate” the visual system to correct itself.
Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system, including the eyes and areas of the brain that control vision. Vision therapy can include the use of lenses, prisms, filters and computer-assisted visual activities. Other devices, such as balance boards, metronomes and non-computerised visual instruments can also play an important role in a customised vision therapy program.
It is important to note that vision therapy is not defined by a simple list of tools and methods. Successful vision therapy outcomes are attained through a therapeutic process that relies on the active engagement of the vision therapist, the patient and (in the case of children) the child's parent/s. Overall, the goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be treated successfully with glasses, contact lenses and/or surgery alone. The primary focus is to help people achieve clear, comfortable vision.
Many studies have indicated that vision therapy can correct vision problems that interfere with efficient reading among school children. Eye strain and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome experienced by many children and adults can be reduced with vision therapy.
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