What is Optometric Vision Therapy?
Vision is more than just 20/20
Optometric vision therapy is an individualized therapeutic and rehabilitative program prescribed to provide treatment for diagnosed visual dysfunctions. Vision therapy teaches the eyes, brain, and body to work better together. Vision therapy involves patient participation in a sequence of specific controlled visual tasks or procedures that modify visual function. The therapeutic application of lenses, prisms, filters, occlusion, and specialized equipment is used to stimulate changes in vision. Through neuroplasticity, we can teach children and adults how to effectively move, team, and focus their eyes in additional to strengthening their ability to process visual information (also known as visual information processing). The duration of treatment is influenced by the visual conditions present, their severity, and by other compounding factors. The goals of the prescribed treatment program are to alleviate signs and symptoms of visual dysfunctions, meet the patient’s needs, and improve their quality of life.
More complete information about vision therapy, including research and clinical studies on its efficacy, and optometric peer review services are available at www.covd.org.