What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is a specialized program of vision exercises or procedures to retrain the brain and helps correct visual, developmental and perceptual problems that are not helped through glasses or contacts. Think of vision therapy as physical therapy for the eyes and brain.
How long does it take?
Noticeable benefits and results of vision therapy depend on the type of vision problem being treated, as well as the motivation of the patient to practice the activities and procedures prescribed by the optometrist. The exact activities and procedures for any given patient are determined after testing and consultation with the optometrist.
What is the difference between a Vision Therapy exam and a regular eye exam?
At the Vision and Learning Center, Dr. Malikkal will be testing for all the visual skills required for a child/adult to function properly in learning/work environment. Our doctor has earned a post-doctorate fellowship and is specialized in developmental vision problems.
In a regular eye exam, patients are tested for visual acuity and the general health of the eyes.
How successful is vision therapy?
Vision therapy has been proven to be an effective treatment. For most conditions’ treatment is 85-90 percent effective. Much of the success depends on the patient’s willingness to follow the doctor’s instructions. For patients that do so, significant progress usually results.
Can I be too old for vision therapy? People of all ages have benefited from vision therapy. Though it is always considered beneficial to be able to intervene at an early age, it is noted that patients who are willing and motivated will encounter good results.
Can vision therapy help me? In some cases we employ syntonics or we prescribe prism along with your vision therapy exercises.
Vision therapy is almost like neurological rehabilitation. Think about going to physical or occupational therapy after an accident to gain control and mobility in your arms or legs, that is what vision therapy does for your visual system. Vision is about more than just your eyes; it is about how your brain and body interact with what you see. Vision therapy is training for your brain as much as it is for the eyes.
For you to have the best vision possible you need your brain and eyes to work together. That is where vision therapy comes in. The sessions are created to help train the brain how to control things like eye movement, focusing, teamwork and alignment.
How is Vision Therapy done?
Vision therapy is performed in our office once per week under the supervision of Dr. Malikkal. Our patients work one on one with our vision therapists for a 45-minute session. Typically, our programs of care are six, nine, or twelve months and are determined by the doctor’s diagnosis. The vision therapy program activities are individualized to fit the needs of each patient. We incorporate traditional vision therapy methods with the newest vision therapy technologies, including Vivid Vision.