Vision Therapy in El Cajon, CA
At Main Street Optometry, we’re passionate about developmental vision and vision therapy’s role in improving common visual disorders in both children and adults.
We use specialized optometric vision therapy to help people develop hand-eye coordination, improve how the eyes work together, reduce eye strain, and improve the brain’s interpretation of what it sees.
Patients benefit from improved reading abilities, better coordination of one or both eyes, and more ease, comfort, and efficiency with visual processing.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss or Dr. Ciuffreda at Main Street Optometry today and learn if developmental vision therapy could help your child or yourself.
What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a doctor-prescribed treatment for visual disorders that cannot be improved by corrective lenses or surgery alone. These vision disorders can affect reading and learning and contribute to learning delays. They can also affect work productivity in children and adults using a computer or digital device during the day.
Your optometrist may prescribe this treatment to help correct lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency, visual perceptual and visual motor integration difficulties affecting learning, and simply to develop important visual skills.
Vision therapy is used to improve focus and range of focus, depth perception, the ability of the eyes to work together, and the ability for the eyes and brain to work together. Trained vision therapy specialists use a combination of techniques and tools to retrain a patient’s visual system.
Vision therapy is a lot like physical therapy for both the eyes and the brain. It can help people improve certain eye conditions and be more successful at school, at work, and in social settings.
How Does Vision Therapy Work?
Vision therapy is not so much about strengthening eye muscles as it is about improving the eye and brain’s ability to work together for coordination and visual perception.
Vision therapists use specialized tools such as lenses and filters, eye patches, motor-sensory devices, and computer programs to help people treat and correct many common visual problems.
We may prescribe vision therapy for several reasons, including:
- To improve visual abilities like focus and eye movement
- To improve vision ease, comfort, and efficiency
- To change how a patient processes or interprets images
It’s important to know that only a trained eye doctor is qualified to prescribe this therapy.
Treatment sessions are once weekly, for about 40 minutes. You may work with one of our optometrists or our trained therapy specialist.
Vision Therapy and Learning Disabilities
Any child experiencing reading or learning disabilities should have a comprehensive eye exam to test for vision problems.
In cases where the learning problem is vision related, vision therapy may be a part of the treatment program.
Set up an appointment with one of our optometrists if you are concerned about your child’s learning and reading ability. Main Street Optometry is committed to helping our patients solve common vision problems. We can help you understand if vision therapy can improve you or your child’s situation.