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iTherapy™: A Better Approach to Eye Treatment

Physical Therapy 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.

Who Needs iTherapy™?

Lynn Valley Optometry focuses the ITheraphy™ 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 a “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.

Achieve your maximum potential

Improving your visual acuity has tremendous benefits. Many people that have been diagnosed with ADD have found that improving their visual acuity has helped them focus (pardon the pun).

Children’s Learning Test

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:

  1. Identify and treat any physical underpinnings (motor development).
  2. Teach the student to use their mind visually for academic tasks which will assist in changing their learning style.
  3. Academic enrichment to assist in bringing their new thinking skills to school.

Important Information About Vision Therapy:

There 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 great optical health.

What’s included in your Developmental Vision Evaluation?
  • All tests included under Lifestyle + Eye Wellness Exam if necessary
  • Computerized Eye Movement Reading Speed and Comprehension
  • Visual Memory / Visual Sequential Memory
  • Visual Motor Integration and Organization
  • Directionality / Laterality
  • 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

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Our Location

North Vancouver

Westcoast designer Susan Taubensee created the new Lynn Valley practice to provide you with a relaxing and unique experience in eye care and eyewear. Our Optometry Clinic is located in the Lynn Valley Village where you can browse between over 1000 frames and 150 sunglasses to personalize your prescription.

Phone: (604) 987-9191
Fax: (604) 987-9109
E-mail: Email Us

Lynn Valley Optometry
255 - 1233 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 0A1

Hours

Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Vision Therapy Reviews

  • Vision Therapy has helped me become an all-around solid reader. When reading books, I now fully understand what is happening and I don’t have to read one part in a book over and over to understand. I can also read fast while still understanding. My eyes are also being much more efficient, which is making me less tired when I read.

    Max, Age 12

  • Before Vision Therapy, I was seeing double vision and I couldn’t see the board. Now I can see the board and I can only see double vision when I cross my eyes!

    Alida, Age 8

  • I have improved in spelling because I get better grades. Before I was getting C’s and B’s in spelling, and now I’m getting A’s. I have improved in Math because before I didn’t know my times tables that good. I didn’t know 7 x 9, and now I know it’s 63, and I get better grades. Now I can draw better and more detailed pictures. I don’t have very much headaches and stomach aches any more, and my eyes don’t hurt when I read, and they don’t get tired anymore, so I read a lot more.

    Micheal, Age 11

  • When Michael first visited the optometrist he was experiencing frequent headaches and tummy aches, as well as sore, tired eyes. His grades were slipping at school and he disliked reading. He was beginning to consider himself as “dumb”. The combination of eye glasses and vision therapy has made a world of difference to Michael...

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  • Jason was in grade 2 when he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. He had coordination issues and had a hard time with motor skills. We had him thoroughly tested by various specialists. His ears and eyes checked out fine. He was placed on drugs at 8 years old...

    Jason, Age 15 (from his mother) - Read More

  • Vision Therapy has made a huge difference to what I see. Even though I’m halfway through, the changes have been nothing but extraordinary. My peripheral vision and depth-perception has improved, making driving and parking, especially in tight spaces, a whole lot easier. Before, I would panic and give up. Now I have much more awareness and I no longer have to worry about hitting things. Considering I had my eyes cosmetically operated on three times, it’s an overall amazing change.

    Alex, Age 21

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.

Ocular Health

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, colors, 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.