Vision Therapy

There is more to vision than 20/20.

Glasses and contact lenses can improve the clarity of your vision and can treat the majority of vision problems, but there are some visual conditions that require vision therapy in addition to, or instead of glasses. The eyes must coordinate precise movements and skills in order to see efficiently including: both eyes pointing at the same object (eye teaming), both eyes pointing in more as an object comes closer (convergence); smoothly track moving objects (pursuits), quickly and accurately spot moving objects (saccades), accurately change focus when looking distance to near or vice versa (accommodation), and determining the relative depth in a visual scene (binocularity, stereopsis). These visual skills are essential to good vision. The visual system must also integrate with the other senses such as hearing and body movements.

It has been said that 80% of what we learn is through vision. Vision therapy is individually prescribed procedures (exercises) used to train deficient eyes in necessary visual skills. This promotes not just clear vision, but comfortable, single vision—allowing the visual system to contribute to learning. Vision therapy is most commonly prescribed in school-age children, but can be valuable for adults as well. Visual conditions that are successfully treated with vision therapy include: convergence insufficiency (difficulty pointing eyes in enough to read), convergence excess (tendency to point eyes in too much to read), amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eye), accommodative dysfunction (difficulty focusing), and oculomotor dysfunction (difficulty tracking).

Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Whipple at our Mesa, Arizona office if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.”

Vision Therapy