In this "Let's Just Do This" podcast with Margaret Wallis-Duffy, Dr. Caroline Teske from Eyes Focused On You, and Dr. Shirley Ha, Neuro-Developmental Optometrist join forces to have an informative discussion about vision therapy - what it is, what to expect and the actual tools and techniques they can use to help with 'lazy eye', amongst other challenges! Optometrists are often the first health professionals to see diseases like hypertension, diabetes and other inflammatory conditions!
What is vision therapy?
Vision Therapy is a doctor supervised program designed to improve the processing part of the visual system. Vision therapy is not simply eye exercises. It is a scientifically-based program combined with careful history, visual examination and dedicated participation and can change a person's visual function and life. The therapy is individualized to the unique needs of the patient.
Who can benefit from vision therapy?
Vision therapy can have dramatic results for many patients. Patients with lazy eye or eye turn, traumatic brain injury or concussion, learning difficulties or attention deficit disorders, depth perception problems, or sports performance enhancement.
How does vision therapy work?
An initial vision therapy assessment is performed by a behavioural optometrist to determine a strategy or plan for therapy. Most Vision Therapy is conducted in-office, in a weekly session lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour. There are often homework items to supplement in-office work. A therapy program can last from 20 weeks to a year or more depending on the individual’s diagnosis, their age and their commitment and participation level in the program. After each 10 week sessions the patient has a re-evaluation to measure progress.