Your Vision Therapy Eye Doctor In Hamilton, Ontario
Developmental Optometry is based upon the core principal that vision is a learned process and can be developed or enhanced at any age. Optometrists practicing this method have continued their education beyond the doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. The patient is treated as a whole person, not just as a pair of eyes or their visual problem – treated as part of the whole system. Through the use of carefully selected stress relieving lenses, prisms, and vision therapy, we can enhance a patient’s visual capability, reduce visual stress, and prevent and rehabilitate vision problems. A Developmental Optometrist works with the patient to help them improve important visual skills that the patient may need to work on to reach academic and professional goals.
We love helping our patients enjoy the beauty of life by improving their vision. At our vision therapy center, we treat a variety of vision problems through retraining the eyes with special exercises and activities, these patients leave our program with dramatic vision improv heightened school performance, and positive self-esteem.
What is vision therapy?
It is one of the areas of specialization in Optometry, sometimes also referred to as vision training, neuro-vision rehabilitation, vision motor therapy or visual perception training. It is an individualized and Doctor of Optometry, supervised program.
With Vision Therapy each patient acquires, develops, improves and enhances the function of the visual system. Patients learn to re-train their brain through a guided and tailored vision training, which is a step by step series of procedures and activities with a variety of optical devices and equipment. These devices include therapeutic lenses, prisms, filters and other instruments.
At Clarity Optometry, Vision Therapy goals focus on teaching our patients to use their eyes to work together as a team, creating better coordination and increasing the efficiency of the patient’s binocular vision. Alleviating problems related to learning, eye turns, stroke, brain injury, sensory process disorders, and concussions, and allowing them to live a life with new possibilities through ease and efficiency of a properly functioning visual processing system.
While eyeglasses and contact lenses are effective treatments for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are other vision conditions which corrective lenses cannot fix.
Vision therapy, often referred to as “physical therapy for the eyes and brain,” is a treatment program that consists of a series of “eye exercises” or activities that are prescribed and monitored by a trained optometrist, and are used to retrain the visual system to function more efficiently. The therapy program is customized towards the visual needs of each patient, and is adjusted throughout the process to encourage further visual improvements. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to adapt to new information with remarkable speed and success. This is known as neuroplasticity, and is the guiding concept behind vision therapy’s success.
Prescription eyewear cannot correct every vision problem
While refractive conditions, such as nearsightedness, are very common diagnoses in children, they are not the only vision disorders. Other problems with the visual system can occur, which cannot be corrected by prescription glasses or contact lenses. These conditions include difficulty with eye mobility, eye teaming, accommodation (focusing), visual processing, and crossed eyes, and all of them can interfere with children’s learning. Vision therapy – like physical therapy for the eyes and brain – can be the treatment your child needs. Make sure that your child’s vision is making top grades book an appointment for pediatric eye care in Hamilton & Stoney Creek, Ontario.
The RightEye eye-tracking system reveals how your child sees and precisely measures and records eye movements, delivering objective, graphical results in a report with an animation that can show a teacher, parent, or individual their reading skills. This makes it easy for our Hamilton eye doctors, patients, their families, and teachers to understand the dysfunction and next steps. The result? Improved, more efficient vision!
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Who can benefit from vision therapy?
Healthy people with good visual acuity can still suffer from vision problems that affect their quality of life. Vision therapy has shown to be an effective method of treatment for patients of all ages and for many conditions that affect the visual system, including but not limited to:
- Oculomotor dysfunction (eye movement disorders)
- Accommodative disorders (eye focusing disorders)
- Non-strabismic binocular disorders (eye teaming disorders)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury (stroke or concussion)
- Visual information processing disorders
These vision problems are treatable, and are often overlooked at visual screenings. At Clarity Optometry, we help people overcome these challenges by addressing the underlying vision problem.
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Questions and Answers About Vision Therapy
Dr. Chinchilla answers the most common questions about vision therapy, including:
- What is Vision Therapy?
- Can Vision Therapy help with learning problems?
- Where to research about vision therapy?
- How long does Vision Therapy take?
And many more!
How can I enroll in vision therapy?
A comprehensive eye examination is required to determine if vision therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you and your condition. Contact our Hamilton eye care clinic to book an appointment and learn more about vision therapy.
How long can treatment take with vision therapy?
Effective therapy requires visual skills to be developed until they are integrated with other systems and become automatic, enabling patients to achieve their full potential. The length of treatment varies between patients depending on the complexity of their condition and the specific needs of the patient.
Success with vision therapy
Vision therapy results can vary depending on each condition and circumstance. Successful vision therapy requires active engagement from the prescribing doctor, vision therapist and patient. With time, consistency, and hard work, patients can experience significant improvements in symptoms and efficiency in school, work-related tasks and sports performance. Many school-aged patients often report increased reading speed, reading comprehension, and performance in school overall.