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Welcome to Vision Development of WNY
Elma, New York

If your eyes aren’t functioning as a team, you can’t focus properly, retain balance, or learn.

Vision Development of WNY focuses on restoring your visual function, learning, and quality of life throughout the Elma, Buffalo, Western New York region, and beyond.

“When patients “see” themselves and their world differently, they have more options available to them for their life’s journey. Our joy is helping them get there.”

– Dr. Dick O’Connor

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How & Why Optometric Vision Therapy works; a Virtual Tour
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There is a proven link between vision, perception, accomplishment, and behavior.

  • 90% of juvenile delinquents share a common, often undiagnosed, vision problem.
  • Many young people exhibiting less serious misbehavior also have the same problem.
  • How does the way you perceive the world affect behavior?
  • Can building visual-perceptual skills alter problem behavior?
  • What links vision, school failure, and misbehavior?


November 17th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Have the chance to ask Dr. O’Connor and Dr. Fortuna all your questions.

Vision Development of WNY exists to provide hope and healing for those with learning-related vision problems and traumatic brain injuries.

We are a faith-based practice, which honors God and diligently pursues our patients’ best interests.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Proverbs 29:18

The Dream of Functional Vision

Are you a parent concerned with your child’s ability to focus, read, and learn?

Have you experienced dizziness, double-vision, and a poorer quality of life after a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other neurological event?

For both children and adults, we offer advanced vision solutions with the goal of developing and restoring full visual function in order to enhance educational, athletic and social qualities of life.

What Is Functional Vision?

Visual function goes far beyond simply having 20/20. Proper visual function can only occur when the eyes and brain work together as a team to focus, track, and perceive the world in motion around us. Neuro-optometrists help patients retrain the brain and eyes to work together as a team to accurately interpret the world without headaches, strain, blurriness, or dizziness.

Meet Our Optometrists

At Vision Development of WNY we take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, our doctors encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Our doctors specialize in:
  • Developmental Optometric Vision Therapy
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation (for TBI’s, strokes, concussions)
  • Syntonic Phototherapy
  • Learning Related Vision Problems
  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia
Meet Our Doctors
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Advanced Eyecare Services

Optometric Vision Therapy / Developmental Optometry

Optometric vision therapy is an individually-tailored regimen to improve visual function and retrain the brain to interpret input from the eyes more accurately. The goal is to effectively intake, process and respond appropriately to visual information.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program for those with visual problems caused by physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries (i.e. concussion), and other neurological insults (stroke, etc.).

Neuro-optometry reduces double vision, improves balance, gait, visual information processing, cognitive skills, visual memory, motor skills, and more.

The Intersection of Neurology and Optometry

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a form of optometric vision therapy that deals with vision rehabilitation following brain injury. It applies the latest methods and treatments of neuro-plasticity and vision function to help patients develop or regain the essential visual skills necessary for learning and optimal daily function.

An undiagnosed vision condition, or one resulting from a traumatic brain injury, can result in the following problems:

  • Double-vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye-teaming and eye-tracking problems
  • Visual field loss
  • Extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Eye focusing problems

As part of an interdisciplinary approach, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a well-established and highly-effective method used to treat the underlying vision function issues responsible for the problems listed above.

Optometric Vision Therapy in
Elma, New York

980 W Maple Ct Suite 200
Elma, NY 14059
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We’re Here to Help

Vision Development of WNY is an independent private practice that specializes in advanced vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. We are committed to transparency, with an open line of communication. We believe in practicing with a patient centered approach; ensuring that our patients feel welcomed, respected and listened to.

We’re Currently Enrolling New Patients!

Call us or request to book a functional vision assessment today. We look forward to helping you or your child achieve full visual function, which can lead to increased success, confidence and a higher quality of life.


Thank you to Dr. O and Miss Kathy for all of your work with our son Vincent! The progress he has made since last year is amazing. He is now reading, enjoying school more and homework is no longer such a struggle (for our whole family!). We love listening to him read and seeing the smile on his face when he's reading is the sweetest. Thank you again!
- Jenna L.
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