Vision Therapy 101

There is more to vision than meets the eye. It cannot be limited to the simple concept of "sight" measured in terms of visual acuity. Vision is the process of deriving meaning from what is seen in the world around us. It involves eye fixation, movement, focusing, aiming, perception and visual-motor integration. When there is a specific dysfunction in one or more of these areas (as identified by standardized testing), Vision Therapy may be a treatment option.

Vision Therapy can be considered physical therapy for the eyes and brain – it is a highly effective, non-surgical treatment option for many common problems such as a lazy eye, crossed eye, double vision as well as reading and learning disabilities. It is an option for both children and adults alike.

Since vision is a learned process, it is trainable. We can teach a child to see just like we can teach him to walk and talk. If one has not developed all of the skills necessary for complete vision, they can be taught through Vision Therapy techniques. Since around 80% of learning is done through the visual system, one cannot achieve his maximum potential if there is a dysfunction in one of the vision pathways.

As a parent, there are certain signs you can look for that might indicate your child as a candidate for Vision Therapy. Some include: blurry vision, double vision, headaches associated with reading, words running together and skipping lines when reading, vision worse at the end of the day, head tilt or closing one eye and short attention span.

If you believe that you or your child may be a candidate for Vision Therapy, please contact our office to book an initial examination or visit our website at www.drfink.ca for more information.

Dr. Pozzer always welcomes new patients of all ages!

Dr. Kristyn Pozzer

OPTOMETRIST

Millcroft Shopping Centre
2080 Appleby Line, Unit E6
Burlington, Ontario, L7L6M6
Tel: (905) 319-1066