Posted on 02 May 2017

Austin eye care specialists are often asked about the benefits of vision therapy. This individualized treatment program is used to treat perceptual-cognitive and visual-motor deficiencies that sometimes arise due to atypical sensorimotor development, nervous system trauma, or hereditary factors that could include crossed-eyes or wandering eyes.


Scheduling vision therapy at our Austin vision center helps to train the whole visual system which includes the eyes, brain, and the rest of the body. Therapy sessions aim to train a patient’s brain to receive input through the eyes, quickly comprehend the information, and ultimately react appropriately to the stimulus.


It is estimated that 1 in 4 children are affected by some form of visual impairment. In special education and other remedial classes, this number is considerably higher, with approximately 70% of these children being impacted by vision problems which negatively affect their learning.


Children with learning problems who receive vision therapy at our vision center in Austin often see drastic improvements following treatment including better grades and improved self-confidence. Vision problems and sensorimotor deficiencies can lead to eye strain, blurred vision, losing their place while reading, headaches, and difficulty staying focused on their work. By addressing vision problems, children are able to achieve their real academic potential. Additionally, children who become more successful at school see a marked improvement in their self-esteem which is important at any age.


Of course, vision therapy is not just for children. Adults can benefit from the treatment even when their vision problems have been previously labeled as incurable. Lazy eye, or amblyopia, can be treated in adults as well as children through vision therapy. The same is true for crossed eyes. Years ago it was believed that a lazy eye or crossed eyes had to be treated by the age of eight to be corrected, but thanks to advances in vision therapy this is no longer the case. Eye muscle surgery was another option used in the past. However, vision therapy is not only far less invasive but it also has a far higher success rate.


There are several different types of vision therapy, and your Austin eye care specialist will happily take the time to discuss your goals and what to expect from your program. Vision therapy is uniquely tailored to each patient’s specific needs and typically lasts from three months to two years.


Dr. Smith and her staff at The Center for Vision Development are happy to set up a consultation and answer any additional questions you have about vision therapy. Call 512-351-7288 to set up an appointment today.