Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?

You may have heard vision therapy mentioned as a treatment option for your child’s vision problems. Naturally, the first question that comes to mind is: Can it actually help?

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A vision therapy program has shown to be effective at treating a variety of different developmental vision issues that can affect a child's performance in the classroom and during sports activities.

You may have heard vision therapy mentioned as a treatment option for your child’s vision problems. Naturally, the first question that comes to mind is: Can it actually help?

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is termed by optometrists as an attempt to develop and/or improve visual skills and abilities, improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency, and change the visual processing and/or interpretation of visual information.

Vision therapy programs consist of supervised, in-office treatment as well as at-home reinforcement exercises, over a period ranging from a few weeks to several months. It can be compared to physical therapy

Along with the exercises, corrective lenses, filters, patches, prisms, balance boards, and electronic targets can be used as part of the treatment plan.

What is Vision Therapy?
What Problems can Vision Therapy Correct?

What Problems can Vision Therapy Correct?

Vision therapy has been shown to be effective in treating many different vision issues, including strabismus (conditions where the eyes do not align properly when looking at an object), amblyopia (lazy eye), eye movement disorders, and focusing disorders. It can also help with visual perception disorders, along with vision problems caused by developmental disabilities or ones acquired through brain injury (such as from an accident or a sports injury.)

What Problems can Vision Therapy Correct?

Proven Effectiveness

Vision therapy is a proven science, and there have been more than 260 articles published attesting to its effectiveness.

Visual therapy is based on cutting-edge techniques and exercises that work with the whole visual system to improve visual function, much like physical therapy does with the body to fix  a physical issue.

While corrective lenses can effectively treat many vision issues (some of which vision therapy cannot correct), there are others that lenses alone will not fix, and many of these potential issues can be ones which, if left untreated, can cause a child to have a much more difficult time in school.

Personalized Treatment

Specialized eye doctors and therapists will work with you and your child to craft a treatment plan suited to their unique needs, combining both in-office sessions and at-home exercises.

Reclaim Academic Confidence

Self-confidence is often a challenge enough for children in school, even without learning difficulties. With difficulty learning, life becomes that much harder, even worse if others start to assume they have a learning disability. Vision therapy is a proven way to help your child reclaim their ability to learn effectively, which will only help increase their confidence and enjoy the school experience more.

What is Vision Therapy?

Common Questions

To put it simply, a vision therapist is a person under the supervision of an optometrist who conducts therapeutic activities to help a person who suffers from a visual disorder.
Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?
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Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?

A vision therapy program has shown to be effective at treating a variety of different developmental vision issues that can affect a child's performance in the classroom and during sports activities. 

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  • I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.


    Claire A.

  • Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.


    Jim K.

  • My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!


    Teresa S.

  • The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.


    Joe M.

  • I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.


    Kayla W.

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