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Vision Therapy Myths

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  1. Vision therapy is too expensive.
    1. Like all services, each family needs to decide if whatever service provided is worth the cost of their time and money. Tutoring can be a much “needed” service, but if the problem with learning is due to a deficit in a visual skill, tutoring is not the most effective service to correct the problem. Our office thoroughly discusses the patient’s goals to make sure they can be accomplished before therapy is started. Progress is monitored throughout the therapy.
  1. Glasses will fix my vision problem.
    1. Glasses can be a good start to improving binocularity. Some visual skills, such as eye movements (pursuits and saccades) are not significantly affected by glasses. In therapy, the brain is taught to coordinate the eye movements more accurately and to make sense of the visual information received by the brain.
  1. I am doing vision therapy with school or during occupational therapy.
    1. Occupational therapists can provide many benefits to a patient who needs vision therapy. The important thing to remember is what specific visual deficit that is being corrected. Many visual problems require the use of lenses or prisms in therapy and this cannot be done in occupational therapy.
  1. Only surgery can correct misaligned eyes and my medical Doctor agrees.
    1. In most cases, the efficiency of surgery is based not on one, but multiple surgeries to correct the misalignment of eyes. Even then, effective surgery only refers to the cosmetic appearance of the eyes, not how they function together. Patients who are post-surgical can benefit from vision therapy to improve binocularity and visual comfort. According to Dr. Benjamin Winters, OD, FCOVD, “even if the eyes are aligned surgically, the brain has to learn how to overcome adaptations in order to put those two images together into something meaningful.”
  1. Research does not prove vision therapy is successful.
    1. If you’re looking for the research and results behind the success of Vision Therapy please visit:http://www.visiontherapy.org/vision-therapy/vision-therapy-studies.html or http://www.covd.org/?page=Research

People of all ages can be candidates for vision therapy. Email us the rumors that you have heard and we are happy to discuss them with you!