Every Pediatric eye care specialist undoubtedly encounters patients who are either not fully aware of vision therapy or who have some misconceptions about it. This being the case, we decided to address some of the most common myths we encounter about vision therapy and bust them.
It’s only for kids. Many adults who are referred to vision therapy incorrectly believe that they are too old for therapy. While it is true that vision therapy can be helpful to students struggling in school, that doesn’t mean it is only beneficial to children. On the contrary, vision therapy trains the brain and eyes to work together and our brains are constantly learning and changing, ready to accept new information.
Surgery is the only way to correct misaligned eyes. The truth is, surgery generally offers only cosmetic solutions to the problem of misaligned eyes. Vision therapy, on the other hand, trains the brain to properly use both eyes. Even after surgery, many people still require vision care in Austin to train their brain to work with both eyes correctly.
Vision therapy programs are all the same. There are certainly some important procedures that you can find in nearly all vision therapy programs, however, each program is tailored to the patient’s specific needs. When you visit an Austin vision center for vision therapy, you will have therapy that is structured and progresses according to your needs. There could also be additional services made available based on your therapy and individual needs.
New glasses can fix the problem. It is certainly true that having the proper prescription for your glasses goes a long way in helping your vision, but glasses do not treat the visual processing problems which may be affecting your vision. Vision therapy uses repetition and practice to train the brain and eyes to function together, resulting in changes that could last a lifetime.
These are just a few of the big myths surrounding vision therapy that cause some people to miss out on a treatment plan that could greatly change their life. Additional information about visual disorders and vision therapy can be found by visiting the American Optometric Association’s site.
If you have any further questions about the merits of vision therapy, or would like to set up an appointment or consultation at Austin Vision Therapy Center, call (512) 331-7288.