Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from vision therapy?
I'm interested in vision therapy. What's my first step?
Whether you heard about vision therapy from one of our patients, or you have done some research on your own, we look forward to starting this journey with you! The first step is to have a binocular vision evaluation performed by one of our doctors. Even if you or your child has already had a routine eye exam, this evaluation allows our doctors to do in-depth testing to ensure that vision therapy is an appropriate treatment plan, as well as giving them the opportunity to get to know you and understand your visual goals.
What does a typical vision therapy session look like?
At our office, visits are scheduled for 45 minutes, in a one-on-one setting with the patient and one of our vision therapists. The patient will work through different exercises based on his/her individual diagnoses. Some of these exercises will be computer-based, but many are in free space, teaching the eyes and the brain in its natural environment. During the last 5 minutes of the session, the parent or caregiver will be included to review progress and demonstrate home vision therapy activities for the week.
Can vision therapy cure dyslexia?
Vision therapy does not cure dyslexia, but vision therapy can eliminate the visual impediments to learning. This often improves academic performance and reduces frustration.
Can vision therapy cure ADD or ADHD?
Vision therapy does not cure attention problems, but many children diagnosed with ADHD also have eye teaming and tracking difficulties. Once we eliminate these vision problems, attention often increases markedly in the classroom and homework environment.
What is the cost of vision therapy?
Vision therapy fees are similar to other types of one-on-one therapies and tutoring sessions. At our office, you can choose to pay weekly or we offer a discount for a block of sessions. We design the vision therapy program for the individual patient. Please call our office for specific pricing and information.
My doctor says vision therapy doesn't work. Is there any reaseach for this type of treatment?
There are thousands of research articles showing the benefits of vision therapy. This treatment has been around for over 50 years!. For more information on the specific type of vision diagnosis, we encourage you to visit the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, which has compiled a list of research articles on the benefits of vision therapy.
I am already receiving vision therapy with another provider; How is your therapy different?
We work closely with occupational therapists and physical therapists, as the eyes are a part of the overall body system. Some of these providers incorporate vision exercises into their therapeutic programs. Our program is different in that only optometrists can utilize lenses and prisms to assist the visual system in making real and lasting changes. It is our goal to shorten your overall therapy regimen by providing specific, focused visual activities based on your diagnosis. We will not be replacing your current therapy, but we will supplement those therapies.