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Vision Therapy

What is Vision Therapy?

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Do you and your child have "homework wars?" Do you struggle to get them to read or to finish their school assignments? It's possible that they have a vision issue holding them back from achieving their full potential. Homework and reading may be discouraging and frustrating to a child who does not properly see the page. Because they don't know any differently, your child may not tell you that something is wrong with their vision. Instead, they may be misidentified as lazy, a slow learner or having ADD/ADHD.

Vision Therapy is an effective, nonsurgical treatment for many vision problems that cannot be fully resolved with glasses or contact lenses. Your child works one-on-one with a member of our highly trained therapy team to improve their visual skills. Each 50-minute therapy session occurs once or twice a week, and home therapy is done daily for about 10 minutes. Dr. Michael Cook, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., who is board certified in Behavioral Optometry and Vision Therapy, guides each individual's therapy program.

In addition to therapeutic activities, our therapy services inlcude specialized medical equipment, eyeglasses and contact lenses that are prescribed to improve reading efficiency. With commitment, Vision Therapy can often permanently resolve vision problems that reduce a child’s ability to read, learn and pay attention.

Who Needs Vision Therapy?

Good vision is more than being able to read an eye chart. In fact, many children with 20/20 eyesight still require vision therapy because other issues affect their vision. Therapy can help treat an array of vision problems, including deficiencies in:

  • Eye focusing (needed for up-close viewing)
  • Eye teaming
  • Eye tracking
  • Depth perception
  • Eye turn (also known as strabismus)
  • Ambylopia (also known as lazy eye)
  • Processing of visual information
  • Eye-hand coordination

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Any of the above problems may result in learning difficulties. A specialized eye examination with Dr. Cook can help detect these types of vision problems early, so that your child can work to their best potential.

Click here to download a simple checklist. A score of 20 or higher may indicate that a vision problem exists, and an evaluation is recommended. Please call us if you have any questions or would like more information.

Our Vision Therapy Process

Step by Step

The first step to any Vision Therapy program is a comprehensive eye examination. Our doctors will examine your child’s ocular health, determine if they need spectacles for near or far visual tasks, and evaluate how their eyes and brain work together as a team. Whether your child complains of poor eyesight or simply exhibits slow learning, don’t delay their eye exam! What you thought was a learning disability could simply be an inability to see the whiteboard, which in most cases will be helped by corrective lens.

If issues are detected where glasses alone won’t help, our doctor will recommend an in-depth Binocular Vision Examination to evaluate how well both eyes are working together, their focusing and tracking abilities, depth perception and visual processing and perceptual skills. The functionality of your child’s visual system will determine whether they can benefit from Optometric Vision Therapy.

If Vision Therapy is the recommended program of care, the next step is a Perceptual Evaluation. Performed with one of our vision therapists, this evaluation will help us determine the specialized program of care that best addresses your child’s specific needs.

Using the information gathered from both the Binocular Vision Evaluation and the Perceptual Evaluation, we will present you with an in-depth Binocular Vision Report that breaks down your child’s specific visual abilities and skills. We will provide you with an understanding of how the deficits in their visual system are impacting their everyday life. This report can help explain to teachers, counselors and employers why your child may require educational accommodations while going through treatment.

Each patient's vision therapy program of care is specially designed by Dr. Cook and the visual therapy staff to meet each patient’s specific needs. No two programs are the same. Time and commitment from the patient, the family and the staff are necessary for success. The vision therapy sessions range from 45-50 minutes in length and are scheduled either once or twice weekly, depending on the doctor’s recommendations and your child’s compliance with home therapy.

Your Child’s Overall Eye Health

Less than 15% of kids have their eyes examined before they start school. This is shocking when you realize that up to 80% of all learning occurs through vision! Knowing this makes you realize how critical good vision is for your child to learn and progress in a regular classroom setting.

(l-r) Dr. Cook, Madison (happy graduate) and Regan (vision therapist)

Vision Therapy Success!

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's vision, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Visionary Eye Care online or call us at (813) 425-9596 .

Please visit this link to learn more about vision therapy: www.covd.org

Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "A few years ago, I felt dumb and hopeless. That’s all changed thanks to Visionary Eye Care. I will soon be in middle school and I am no longer dreading it! I love reading so much. I recently finished The Hunger Games and am starting The Divergent series. Thank you so much for completely changing my life. I owe you a lot."
    Madison, age 10
  • "This is my success story. Before starting vision therapy, I had trouble with reading comprehension and many other things. With the help of vision therapy, not only did I improve my skills, but I gained more confidence when reading or doing other things with my eyes. I am so thankful for Dr. Cook and Regan—they helped me so much, by pushing me to do my best. Vision Therapy helped me improve my visual skills and left me with lasting memories of the fun I had every time I went."
    Caylee, age 17
  • "Before vision therapy, I had problems comprehending what I was reading. I skipped lines and many words. I avoided reading and when I did read, I fell asleep in the middle of the text. At the end of the day, my vision got worse. Vision therapy helped me a lot. The games and activities helped improve my vision tremendously. My comprehension has gotten a lot better, and I don’t skip lines anymore. I love reading, and I don’t fall asleep anymore! At the end of the day, my vision is the same as when I first work up. Thank you, Visionary Eye Care!"
    Gianna, age 13
  • "When I was first diagnosed with convergence insufficiency, I had constant headaches and blurry vision. I would get mad and complain to my mom that I would never open a book again. Now, I am reading on level! To Dr. Cook, Regan and everyone, thank you so much! P.S. I’m writing a book!"
    Emily, age 10
  • "When I first started vision therapy, I struggled with reading. I often came home with migraines and had many frustrating moments. During my therapy, I faced many challenges. I often took therapy as only helping me in one place, but then I realized it was necessary for a lot of things. It was a life lesson, and every week I gained something other than my ability to use both eyes. I met a lot of amazing people along the journey. It was all worth it because I gained something I will never lose. Yes, it was hard, but also rewarding. Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game. Work as hard as possible, because you may not know it, but your life will change for the better. With love."
    Carissa, age 15
  • "Before vision therapy, I had problems comprehending what I was reading. I was skipping lines and many words in the text. I avoided reading and when I did read, I would fall asleep. By the end of the day, my vision got worse. Vision therapy has helped me a lot. The games and activities helped improve my vision tremendously. My comprehension has gotten a lot better, and I am not skipping lines anymore. I started to love reading, and I don’t fall asleep anymore on what I was reading. At the end of the day, my vision is the same as when I first wake up. Thank you, Visionary Eye Care! -Gianna, age 13
    Before I started vision therapy, I couldn’t read the words in a book or on paper. I skipped lines when reading and I knew something wasn’t right. When my parents found Visionary Eye Care, I got a little excited. Now I can read better and see clearly, which is wonderful. I’m doing a lot better; vision therapy has helped me a lot."
    Giovanni, age 10
  • "When I started vision therapy, I read with my finger, and I moved my head when I read. I skipped words and did not like to read in bed. Now, my handwriting is better, and I read in bed. I can throw a football and catch a ball. Best of all, I understand what I read! Thank you, Dr. Cook and Ms. Regan."
    Alex, age 9
  • "When I started vision therapy, I struggled with reading comprehension, double vision and headaches. Now I don’t struggle with any of these. It was fun to learn how to control my eyes!"
    Dominic, age 8
  • "I used to have problems staying focused and with reading comprehension. I am very thankful to have come to vision therapy because my grades have improved, and I’m not as stressed while I read. I thank everyone who contributed. I had a ton of fun at vision therapy."
    Nick, age 15
  • "I used to have problems staying focused and with reading comprehension. I am very thankful to have come to vision therapy because my grades have improved, and I’m not as stressed while I read. I thank everyone who contributed. I had a ton of fun at vision therapy."
    Nick, age 15
  • "Before starting vision therapy, I had problems with double vision, headaches, words ran together when reading and I had messy handwriting. I DID NOT like to read. I have improved in reading, math and handwriting and school, overall. And, I had fun!"
    Emory, age 11
  • "When I started vision therapy, I had problems with reading and understanding what I was reading. After vision therapy, I was able to read easier. I enjoyed my time in vision therapy."
    Adrian, age 9
  • "Six months ago, I started vision therapy. At first, I was hesitant. Honestly, I’m so grateful that I was able to go through it. It has helped me so much. For example, when I read there is not a problem to worry about. Before therapy, my lines would run together, I’d get sleepy, my eyes would hurt, and I wouldn’t retain any information that I had just read. Also, when I drive, it’s hassle free. Before therapy, my depth perception and side vision were terrible. Now my eyes work well together, and I’m able to see very well when judging distances and out of my side vision. My eyes also used to not be able to follow lines or switch focus well at all. They would bounce all over the place. Now they can follow something smoothly. That not only helps me with driving, but with my reading, too. I ‘m so thankful that I was able to go through this experience. It has helped me so much with my everyday life. I really appreciate my parents along with Dr. Cook and Regan for their help and support."
    Amanda, age 16
  • "When I first came to vision therapy, I had problems like double vision and headaches when I read. Now, thanks to Dr. Cook and Miss Regan, I read better and don’t get headaches, and I even have better handwriting. – Matthew, age 11
    When I started vision therapy, I had problems with reading comprehension and seeing things far away. Vision therapy helped me to build up self confidence and taught me to not give up on myself and keep going. Vision therapy changed the way I think. I want to thank everyone who supported me through my journey. I have so many amazing memories here."
    Ava, age 13

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