Vision Therapy for Residents of Fort Worth & Dallas, TX
At Southwest Family Eye Health Center, we provide specialized Vision Therapy services to residents of Fort Worth and Dallas, TX. Dr. Loy and the staff at our eye clinic are passionate about the tremendous life-improving impact that Vision Therapy provides. This includes children and teens struggling with socially and academically debilitating vision and learning conditions. It also includes adults struggling with the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury and the vision difficulties it has created.
We strive to ensure that every patient is not only seeing their best but also interpreting what they see accurately and efficiently. Our eye clinic in South Fort Worth provides comprehensive vision care and exams for children and adults.
When it comes to Vision Therapy, we treat a wide range of visual and neuro-optometric conditions. This includes:
- Amblyopia “Lazy Eye”
- Convergence insufficiency
- Blurred Vision
- Problems with eye tracking and eye teaming
- Post Concussion Vision Syndrome
Vision Therapy is a series of custom treatments that teach the brain and the eyes to coordinate and integrate more accurately and effectively. Vision is a dynamic system that is much more than simply how well you see the letters on the chart. Proper visual functioning involves:
- eye tracking and eye teaming
- focus and depth perception
- hand-eye coordination
- eye alignment
- visual information processing
Vision Therapy is something like a visual occupational therapy. The Vision Therapy specialist works with patients to improve their visual performance and capacity with a wide range of practical applications essential to learning and daily life.
Vision Therapy is highly effective at addressing:
- Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
- Strabismus (Eye Allignments, wandering eye, cross eyes)
- Binocular Vision Problems (Slight issues that cause eye strain and fatigue)
- Accommodative Focusing/Function (Problems related to strain caused from focusing.
- Vision Issues due to stroke, brain injuries, and developmental disabilities.
A patient's visual interpretation, skills, and endurance are developed using a combination of use of specialized activities including computer and optical devices, therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. As the patient skill level increases, these newly-acquired essential visual skills are continually reinforced and repeated so that they are made automatic. The goal is complete functional integration between visual inputs on one hand, and motor skills and cognitive ability on the other.
Vision Therapy is demonstrated to effectively address a wide range of visual, learning, and developmental problems. Don't hesitate to contact our optometry practices in SouthWest Fort Worth with your questions. To read definitions of Vision Therapy by outside sources, visit children-special-needs.org. You are also invited to look through a National Catalog of hundreds of Vision Therapy Success Stories.
This near-vision problem is the leading cause of eyestrain, blurry vision, and double vision.
Research demonstrates that the traditional focus exercise often called "pencil pushups" are ineffective.
The only consistently effective treatment for convergence insufficiency is Vision Therapy.
A study of almost 700 5th and 6th graders indicated that convergence insufficiency is much more common than many assumed.
With 13% of students having CI, as well as demonstrating that of the children who showed three signs of CI, 79% where classified as being accommodative insufficient as well.
Special Needs & Vision
Special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and other conditions often mean a child struggles with hand-eye-coordination. Children with these challenges, or anything else requiring occupational therapy, is very likely to gain immensely from Vision Therapy. A regimen of customized focus and perception exercises will improve depth perception and fine motor skills.
- 45% of patients with down syndrome have strabismus/cross eye
- As many as 40% of autistic people have strabismus/cross eye
- Estimates of the incidence of strabismus in children with cerebral palsy go as high as 88%, Vision Therapy has shown to be effective for children with cerebral palsy.
Strabismus & Amblyopia
Strabismus and Amblyopia are forms of visual acuity problems that persist even with prescription lenses. In order to avoid double-vision, the eyes will often be misaligned resulting being "cross-eyed" or a "lazy eye". This not only makes it difficult to see and coordinate effectively, it can also be socially devastating.
The traditional treatment has been patching, which contemporary research has found to be only partially effective at best, completely ineffective at worst.
Unlike patching, Vision Therapy has consistently found to be an effective treatment for strabismus and amblyopia, resulting in sustained and significant improvement.
Learning Disability & Vision: What Does the Research Say?
Connection: Learning Disabilities & Vision
60% of learning disabled students failed two or more binocular vision tests according to research by the Waterloo School of Optometry.
The study was performed on students who had never received an eye exam and did not wear glasses or contacts. The research confirmed that children with learning disabilities, especially reading related learning disabilities have an extremely strong chance of having binocular issues (problems with the eye working together).
How Many Students Have Binocular Vision Problems?
According to research performed by The AAO 32% of university students had Binocular Vision Issues.
The conclusion of this study is:
"Because these dysfunctions have a negative effect on performance, appropriate vision evaluation for this population is extremely important.
In this study 31% of the students needed Vision Therapy for symptoms such as eye strain, double vision and headaches.
Vision Therapy: Reading & Dyslexia
Reading is the perfect example of a complex visual task that requires skills such as eye tracking and focusing (accommodation), eye teaming and coordination (Binocularity).
According to Dr. Debra Walhof M.D, member of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. "It is important to remember that normal sight may not necessarily be synonymous with normal vision..." Learn more about reading and vision therapy.
The following is a video by Susan Barry, PhD about her experience with Vision Therapy:
This video is more comprehensive and goes into a lot more detail about the visual process:
Here is another great video which explains what 3D movies can tell you about your vision: