Optometric Vision Therapy

What is optometric vision therapy?

Optometric Vision training/therapy or VT, is devoted to developing, improving and enhancing visual performance. Vision therapy can benefit people of all ages.

Over several decades, behavioural optometrists have developed and used vision therapy – in combination with appropriate, carefully selected lenses to:

Prevent vision and eye problems from developing

Develop the visual skills needed to achieve more effectively at school, work or play

Enhance functioning on tasks that demand sustained visual effort

Remediate or compensate for vision and eye problems, which have already developed

Through vision therapy, people are able to develop more efficient visual performance.

Close-work visual stress: how your Behavioural Optometrist can help

The result of sustained visual activities done at less than arm’s length, may produce most of the problems listed above.

There are many other common eye and visual problems which can limit the way you live and enjoy life. These include:

SHORTSIGHTEDNESS. MYOPIA

Seeing more easily at near than at distance.

FARSIGHTEDNESS. HYPEROPIA

Seeing more easily at distance than at near.

STRABISMUS. CROSSED EYES, AMBLYOPIA

Lowered visual acuity (clarity), not correctable to normal acuity with lenses.

ASTIGMATISM

Distorted vision interferes with seeing clearly at any distance without effort.

POOR VISION-BODY MOVEMENT COORDINATION

Clumsiness, awkwardness, inefficient eye-hand or eye-body coordination, poor handwriting.

Vision therapy, usually combined with appropriate lenses, may remedy, improve or prevent any of these conditions in both children and adults.

Therapy is intended to alleviate the symptoms and eliminate the underlying cause – inadequate visual skills and visual stress.

Studies show that success in vision therapy depends on an appropriate program prescribed by your optometrist, and on an individual patient’s co-operation, participation and motivation.

Beyond visual performance

Vision therapy has proven to be a remarkably effective tool in helping people with learning related visual problems.

Many problems in learning to read and write are made worse by poorly developed visual skills.

Dozens of programs involving thousands of children and adults demonstrate that when visual skills are enhanced through vision therapy, learning is easier, reading levels rise, and in some cases, IQ scores have increased.

Building visual skills also increases the ability to visualise, conceptualise and to create. Dr. Johan Petalozzi, a Swiss education reformer, notes that “conceptual thinking is built on visual understanding”.

What is a Behavioural Optometrist?

Behavioural Optometrists are specialist optometrists, with interest in how vision affects human performance.

This includes developmental, functional and neuro-optometry.

Behavioural Optometrists will use a range of treatments to help their patients learn and function more efficiently.

This can be applicable for any age group, not just children. It can also be of direct benefit to those with any form of acquired brain injury.

Not all optometrists practice behavioural optometry

For more information please visit http://babo.co.uk/