What is
Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is an innovative program that provides holistic, non-invasive correction for various eye conditions, such as poor visual acuity, depth perception, focusing abilities and ocular eye movement and functionality.

Lynn Valley Optometry offer free vision therapy consultation.

What can Vision Therapy
Help with?

Our program focuses on the following patient concerns:

  • Eye teaming/binocular coordination
  • Focusing issues with vision sustaining and fatigue
  • Eye-tracking and visualization skills
  • Rehabilitation for neurological disorders or traumas to the nervous system (concussion)
  • Sports vision performance and improvement

What are the
common indicators?

We recommend a visual assessment for any child who is struggling with school or sports. Vision is more than 20/20. There are 17 visual skills needed to succeed in reading, learning, sports and in life that are often overlooked.

Adults can also benefit from a full visual assessment and Vision Therapy, particularly when related to motor vehicle accidents and concussions.

What is included in
an assessment?

First, a complete eye health examination will be performed by an Optometrist. This is followed by a series of visual skills exams with a Vision Therapist that include:

  • 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 with special goggles. Following the reading, a brief series of questions determine whether or not the subject reads with reasonable comprehension

How do we treat visual dysfunction
with Vision Therapy?

Once we have completed the full visual assessment, we create a custom program with activities designed to address a patient’s specific needs. Examples of these include:

  • Monocular activities designed to equalize the focusing, tracking, and pointing of each eye
  • Binocular work to improve eye-teaming efficiency
  • Visual-spatial tasks to develop integrated sequential and directional concepts
  • A visualization program to improve the speed and span of visual recognition as they pertain to short and long-term visual memory
  • Visuo-motor tasks to improve body awareness and control, and visually directed fine motor skills
  • Instruction in the application of the ability to visualize and accurately process visual information to academics, such as reading, writing, spelling, and math
Vision assessment