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How Do You Know If You Need Vision Therapy? 

August 1, 2022

For children struggling with vision-related learning problems, vision therapy can work wonders to improve their performance in the classroom. But did you know that adults can also benefit from vision therapy? 

When left untreated, vision-based learning problems can follow a person from childhood to adulthood. And we’re not talking about 20/20 vision or how well you can see. Your visual system actually performs a wide range of functional tasks that you do every day, like reading and hand/eye coordination. Read on as  Highland, MI optometrist discusses commonly overlooked vision problems, signs of vision-based learning problems, and how vision therapy can help. 

Often-Missed Vision Problems 

Standard eye tests are designed to measure your ability to see at near and far distances. Unfortunately, these exams do not assess other important aspects of vision, such as: 

  • Team Eye 
  • Eye focus 
  • Eyesight 
  • Eye movements 

These tasks are performed by the eyes and brain, which work together to process visual information. When your eyes struggle with one or more of these tasks, your brain has to work harder to make sense of any incoming information. And of course, this can hinder your ability to perform at work, school, or even in sports. 

Signs of Functional Vision Problems 

Today’s modern era has made digital devices a central part of our daily lives, especially in the workplace. And coincidentally, many functional vision problems affect a person’s ability to perform tasks at close range, such as reading, writing, and working on digital devices. 

People affected by these problems tend to experience one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Short attention span 
  • Tired eyes 
  • Problems concentrating, especially when reading 
  • Dizziness 
  • Headache 
  • Motion sickness
  • Blurry vision
  • Memory problems 
  • Worry 
  • Poor hand-eye coordination 

 Because standard tests do not test for problems with functional vision, a person with difficulty in these areas may go undiagnosed for years or even a lifetime. 

How Can Vision Therapy Help? 

Vision therapy is a specialized field designed to correct functional vision problems while helping your eyes and brain work together more effectively. A vision therapist uses a personalized and structured treatment plan to retrain your visual system. Covered areas include: 

  • Eye-tracking
  • Visual reaction speed
  • Focusing
  • Visual perception
  • Visual processing speed

Using a series of exercises, computerized activities, and specialized lenses, vision therapy does for the eyes and brain what physical therapy does for the body. 

Benefits of Vision Therapy 

  • Relieve eye strain 
  • Longer attention span 
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Mental stamina 
  • Improve memory 
  • Better focus and focus 
  • Headache relief 

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our Highland, MI optometry office today. 

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