Eye alignment problems, such as strabismus and amblyopia, affect approximately 4% of all children born in America. Strabismus, amblyopia, and other alignment concerns can have a drastic impact on how well your child sees. Without correction, these issues could result in lifelong vision problems for the child.
Of course, there are surgical options available to correct these concerns. However, surgery is invasive and – especially for a young child – scary.
Vision therapy is a powerful, non-surgical process that is extremely effective in correcting these problems. Vision therapy can be done in replacement of, or as a complement to, eye alignment surgery.
While children benefit the most from vision therapy, adults also stand to gain from the process. Many of its benefits are universal regardless of age.
Vision therapy can help correct problems associated with improper eye alignment.
Amblyopia – Also known as “lazy eye”, amblyopia results in the affected eye failing to achieve proper visual acuity. It most commonly occurs when the affected eye does not receive proper stimulus, resulting in the brain “shutting it off”. Strabismus is a common cause of amblyopia, as are refractive errors or other impediments that prevent proper function of the eye.
Strabismus – Also known as “eye turn” or “crossed eyes”, strabismus can cause amblyopia due to the brain favoring input from the healthy eye as opposed to the strabismic eye.
Hand/eye coordination – Through vision therapy we can improve hand/eye coordination. This process is effective in both children and adults.
Vision therapy for athletes – Many athletes undergo vision therapy as a way to improve their reaction times, visual processing, and overall coordination. Vision therapy gives many top-level athletes a performance advantage, as when milliseconds matter, vision therapy will help you further improve.
The brain is a complex organ, but it is also versatile and powerful. It adapts. These facts are especially true of a child’s mind, where it is still growing and learning. Vision therapy takes advantage of this adaptability.
Through a series of exercises, games, and tests, vision therapy teaches the brain how to use the affected eye. It encourages new neural pathways to form, and in effect, opens up the lines of communication between the eye and the brain.
Located in south Chesapeake, just off of Cedar Rd and Country Club Blvd, our optometrists work with hundreds of families all over the city. If you’re interested in learning more about how vision therapy can benefit you or your child, we invite you to schedule an appointment. Give us a call or request an appointment online.