Posted on 08 Sep 2017
austin eye care

Despite the fact that our eyesight is one of our most important senses, we often take it for granted. Some people fail to have their vision checked as much as they should. More obvious problems like double vision or blurry vision might cause someone to schedule an appointment at an Austin eye care center, but other just as significant problems including difficulty with reading comprehension, headaches, and watery eyes can also be indicators that you could benefit from vision therapy.


There is much more to vision than just seeing things clearly, in fact there are many visual skills required for good vision. An Austin vision center can both test for deficiencies and help strengthen these skills through vision therapy.


Visual memory is a skill that allows you to remember not only what you see, but how you see it. Problems with visual memory can be addressed through vision therapy.


Visual discrimination is the ability to tell the difference between similar objects, like a lowercase “a” and a lowercase ”b.” Difficulty reading could be the result of poor visual discrimination. Oculomotor function is the ability to track moving objects or to move your eyes across a page. This is another skill which aids in reading which can be enhanced by seeking vision care in Austin at .


Fusion and focus are two other visual skills that can be addressed through vision therapy. Fusion refers to your brain’s ability to fuse two images together instead of seeing them as double vision while focus is the ability of having clear definition in the objects you see.


Eye synchronization, or eye teaming, is the ability to use both eyes as a team, rather than having a lazy eye or using one eye independently of the other, taking turns. If the eyes are not working well together, the brain may ignore the image from one eye resulting in reduced depth perception and the person may not even know this is happening. A final skill that is important to having good vision is visualization which refers to the mind’s ability to create pictures of what is seen.


It is the use of these skills that increases your quality of life. Lacking one or more of these skills and have visual processing issues can be linked to reading disabilities and ADHD, or could be the result of a brain injury, stroke, or amblyopia. Fortunately, receiving vision therapy at an Austin eye care center is an excellent way to enhance these skills and thereby improve your day-to-day life.


If you have any questions about vision therapy or are concerned about any deficiencies in visual skills you or a loved one may have, call Austin Vision Therapy Center at (512)3 31-7288. Our friendly staff will happily answer any questions you may have and help set up a consultation.