Office based vision training (or vision therapy) has been shown to be more effective at treating symptoms for Convergence Insufficiency, when compared to pencil push-ups and home computerised eye exercises. Harmony Vision Optometry and Vision Training clinic has a great deal of experience in treating these types of eye teaming disorders. Paul and Meredith, optometrists from Harmony Vision, were invited to share their knowledge with fellow optometrists over 3 days in October 2011. They presented new evidence about the need for more rigorous diagnosis to ensure proper identification, as well as their approach to vision training & therapy. Click here to read an article published about the conference, and to see what delegates said…
Evidence for Vision Therapy
Vision Therapy or Vision Training is a therapeutic approach program of activities incorporating the use of lenses, prisms, and filters. It is used as part of the treatment for a range of vision disorders such as convergence problems, accommodation dysfunction, lazy eye and oculomotor disorders. In our practice, the majority of vision therapy conducted is for accommodation dysfunction and convergence problems, otherwise known as focussing and eye-teaming difficulties.
Gifted children present interesting challenges when it comes to vision problems. The two main vision problems important to screen and monitor for in this goup of children are shortsight (myopia) and visual dysfunctions.
“Lazy Eye” is a term to describe many different vision problems including droopy eyelids, convergence insufficiency and eye-turns. However, the term is mainly used to describe amblyopia, which is reduced sight in one or both eyes, usually due to refractive (prescription) differences and/or eye turns.
In our Gold Coast Vision Therapy practice, the majority of our vision therapy is for what are called “Visual Dysfunctions”. These are vision problems affecting both children and adults that involve difficulties with focussing, eye-teaming and eye-aiming. The symptoms however, are not as obvious as vision problems affecting sight, and are not always simply corrected with glasses. A new study highlights that not all symptoms of vision problems appear as those directly “eye-related”.