The Eyes have it: A Reflection on the Workings of the Vision Therapy Program

Vision is not just the ability to see clearly. It is the entire process of organizing and integrating light and sensory input, understanding and recognizing what is seen, and responding in an exact and precise manner. When there are problems in the visual system, adaptations are created to account for a lack of normal/optimal visual development. These adaptations can happen in many forms including Amblyopia, Strabismus and sometimes Nystagmus. Symptoms include (but are not limited to) accommodative excess, convergence insufficiencies and binocular dysfunctions. The Vision Therapy program facilitates an opportunity for the individual to develop vision through necessary and meaningful experiences. Patients are categorized into one of three levels based on their symptoms, under the careful direction of a qualified Optometrist. Activities used in the duration of the program are implemented for the unique needs of each patient. The goal of a vision therapist is to facilitate the ability for a patient to attain the unmet visual needs through learning, whether this is indicated in optometric data or not. Vision Therapy is not restricted to patients with visual dysfunctions, but is also implemented for management and improvement of symptoms seen in patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, ADHD and even Autism.

Sumaira Mumtaz
Supervisors: Dr. G. Ullal & Dr. P. Fink
LIFE SCI 3EP3