a better approach to eye treatment
20/20 isn’t everything
FOR THE EYES
iTherapy™ is our branded version of Optometric vision therapy and rehabilitation which includes our exclusive integrated visual learning (IVL) process. For those who are not familiar with this treatment, it addresses many common visual issues that are often mistaken and misdiagnosed as learning and reading disabilities. Some of these include ADD, ADHD and dyslexia.
When you need us
If you’re considering vision therapy and are unsure if it’s appropriate for you, we invite you to come in for a developmental vision evaluation. We are your partners in optimizing visual performance.
We will also assess your child’s learning style (visual, auditory or kinesthetic) with reading, writing, spelling and math. Testing will take about two hours and we require one or both parents to be present. A consultation with the doctor will be scheduled within one week of testing with parents only in which challenges and strengths of your child will be discussed with treatment recommendations. In most cases, the treatment will consist of a three phase program:
- Identify and treat any physical underpinnings (motor development).
- Teach the student to use their mind visually for academic tasks which will assist in changing their learning style.
- Academic enrichment to assist in bringing their new thinking skills to school.
Who Needs iTherapy™?
Lynn Valley Optometry focuses the iTherapy™ on the following patient concerns:
- Binocular Coordination difficulties such as eye teaming
- Focusing issues with vision sustaining and fatigue
- Eye Tracking and visualization skills
- Crossed or turned eye (Strabismus)
- Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
- Rehabilitation for neurological disorders or traumas to the nervous system
- Sports vision performance and improvement
How Does iTherapy™ Work?
IVL (integrated visual learning), often referred to as “physical therapy for the eyes” is a series of exercises that provide natural, non-invasive correction for various eye conditions that affect everything from visual acuity, depth perception, ability to focus and eye movement and functionality.
What’s included in your Developmental Vision Evaluation?
- All tests included under Vision + Eye Health Exam if necessary
- Computerized Eye Movement Reading Speed and Comprehension
- Visual Memory / Visual Sequential Memory
- Visual Motor Integration and Organization
- Directionality / Laterality
- Visual Discrimination
- Visual Discrimination
- Auditory – Visual Integration
- Primitive Reflexes
- Kinetic Field Awareness
- Visual Spatial Awareness
- Visual Attention / Vigilance / Comfort and Efficiency with near activities
- Visual Emotional / Awareness of Social Cues / Perceptual Anxieties / Behavioural Issues
- Cognitive and Thinking Skills
- Pencil grip assessment / Writing Speed and Quality
- Magnitude and Flexibility of focusing system
- Convergence / Divergence of eyes at Distance and Near
- Function in near tasks of various performance lenses and prisms
- Integration of vision with other sensory and motor skills
- Detailed Functional vision report with recommendations
- One hour patient education consultation about assessment and treatment recommendations
How do we get started?
When booking, ask for a developmental vision evaluation. The eye doctor at Lynn Valley Optometry will take a thorough patient history and will assess:
- Visual Acuity Test – Is vision clear at far distances? If blurry vision options including eyewear, contact lenses, vision shaping treatment and vision therapy will be discussed.
- Visual Acuity at Near – Is vision clear and single at close distances? Clear sight at short distances is critical to reading, writing, close work, computer use, etc.
- Eye Teaming Skills – Do the two eyes aim, move, and work as a coordinated team? Weaknesses in binocular (two-eyed) vision and eye teaming skills can cause numerous difficulties, including convergence insufficiency and poor depth perceptions.
- Eye Focusing Skills – Do the eyes maintain clear vision at varying distances? Rapid, automatic eye focus adjustment is critical to learning, reading, writing, sports, etc. Deficiencies can cause visual fatigue, reduced reading comprehension, and/or avoidance of close work or other activities.
- Eye Movement Skills – Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
What’s included in the exam?
A complete eye health examination will be performed including the optomap retinal exam if required, a trained vision therapist will administer a series of visual skills exams including:
Reversal Frequency – confusing letters or words (b, d; p, q: saw, was; etc.) Visual Memory – the ability to store and retrieve visual information.
Visual Form Discrimination – the ability to determine if two shapes, colours, sizes, positions, or distances are the same or different.
Visual Motor Integration – the ability to combine visual input with other sensory input (hand and body movements, balance, hearing, etc.); the ability to transform images from a vertical to a horizontal plane (such as from the blackboard to the desk surface).
ReadAlyzer Eye Recording – Do eye movements show adequate muscle control, tracking, fixation, etc.? In the classroom, normal eye movements allow rapid and accurate shifting of the eyes along a line of print or from book to desk to board, etc. In sports, efficient eye movements contribute to eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, and accurate tracking.
Measuring Eye Movements While Reading – Through the use of infrared sensors, an individual’s eye movements are recorded while silently reading text while wearing special goggles. Following the reading, a brief series of questions determines whether or not the subject reads with reasonable comprehension.