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Who Is a Candidate for Optometric Vision Therapy?

It seems incongruous that someone can see very clearly, yet experience vision-related challenges. But that’s the reality for people who have an excellent vision but lack what’s known as “visual skills.” The ability to track the path of a thrown ball or to read a sentence in a book both require well-developed visual skills. Such skills can be learned, at any age. Dr. Dick O'Connor or Dr. Alyssa Fortuna can offer customized Optometric Vision Therapy to help people develop their visual skills and reach their potential.

Signs That a Person’s Visual Skills Need Improvement

Some children and adults with even excellent eyesight need help to improve their visual skills. They may misjudge the distance to the curb while riding a bike or driving a car or lack the hand-brain coordination needed to catch a ball. While reading, they may inadvertently skip lines of text. The strain of reading may cause them to rub their eyes, suffer from headaches, become fatigued or lose concentration, or hold books too close to their eyes. Their vision may become blurry. Their reading comprehension lags and homework goes undone.

It’s no small matter. Approximately 1 of every 10 children has a visual problem that hinders learning, and unless addressed, the problem will continue into adulthood. Vision-related challenges affect a person’s performance in school, at work, and even while playing sports.

What Optometric Vision Therapy Is and How It Can Help

crayons coloring book coloring bookThrough a customized program, Optometric Vision Therapy can significantly improve the way the eyes and brain work together to achieve clear and comfortable vision at all times. Although Optometric Vision Therapy does not cure learning disabilities, it’s important that an eye doctor rule out visual problems, and treat them if diagnosed.

Optometric Vision Therapy begins with a comprehensive eye examination with Dr. Dick O'Connor or Dr. Alyssa Fortuna to test for visual acuity, depth perception, and whether the eyes are working in tandem; if vision problems are identified, Dr. Dick O'Connor or Dr. Alyssa Fortuna can prescribe Optometric Vision Therapy, which would include exercises taught in the office once or twice a week, and reinforced through practicing at home.

Who Can Benefit from Optometric Vision Therapy

Optometric Vision Therapy can help patients with these and other eye conditions:

  • Amblyopia (“lazy eye”): the vision in one eye is weaker because there is a stronger connection between the stronger eye than the weaker eye
  • Strabismus (“crossed eyes”): the eyes point in two different directions due to weak cranial nerves.
  • Double vision
  • Binocular-vision problems: eye strain that results from the eyes being slightly misaligned and not teaming as they should
  • Eye-movement disorders, eye-alignment problems (“turned eye” or “squint”), and eye-coordination problems
  • Accommodative disorders: trouble maintaining focus on a close-by object
  • Ocular motility dysfunctions: abnormal eye alignment or difficulty controlling eye movements
  • Visual-perceptual disorders and vision problems resulting from developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries

Optometric Vision Therapy does not cure dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But many children and adults with these conditions also have visual problems, so a comprehensive eye exam is an important first step. Treating concurrent visual problems improves the lives of people who also have learning disabilities.

Vision Development of WNY serves patients in Elma, Western New York and beyond. We welcome your inquiries about whether Optometric Vision Therapy is right for you or your child.

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Vision Therapy for Adults

Effective vision comes down to the way the brain and eyes interact. Whether reading words on a powerpoint presentation, working overtime, or sitting in front of a screen all day and typing endless emails, we rely on our visual system to work properly in order to succeed in these and other tasks.

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You can excel in reading the charts on the wall, but still struggle with eye strain, headaches, fatigue, attention and concentration — all of which are performance-based criteria needed to meet work deadlines and effectively manage office-based stress. To excel in these areas, you need to have excellent visual skills. Fortunately, you can effectively improve vision skills through vision therapy.

What is Vision Therapy?


Vision Therapy is a customized regimen of individualized activities and exercises made to retrain the brain and eyes to work better as a team and improve visual functioning. The aim of vision therapy is to enhance vision processing skills such as eye-tracking, focusing and eye teaming abilities, as well as hand-eye coordination and visual processing speed. This is effective for those struggling with reading, memory, focus, balance, fixation —and a wide range of other visual tasks.

Contact Vision Development of WNY to learn how Dr. Dick O'Connor or Dr. Alyssa Fortuna can help you function better in your day-to-day life.

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Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy?


A large number of patients have an undiagnosed vision condition that might be affecting their ability to function and succeed in their profession.

Vision therapy can help adults with conditions and symptoms related to:

  • Focusing issues
  • Eye fatigue
  • Double vision
  • Convergence Insufficiency
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Anyone seeking to improve office performance

Vision Issues: What Symptoms Should You Look Out For?


Be on lookout for any symptoms listed below, as it may indicate that you have a vision issue.

  • Lazy eye, cross-eye,
  • Difficulty Reading
  • Difficulty staying focused
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Constant squinting/head tilting
  • Favoring one eye over the other
  • Headaches or fatigue after reading or computer work

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How Does Vision Therapy Work?


Vision therapy consists of personalized exercises that make use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders and other equipment aimed at developing visual skills and processing. Nowadays, thanks to advanced technologies and new computer-based therapies, doing and tracking home-based vision therapy exercises is easier than ever

Vision Therapy typically consists of a weekly 45-minute in-office appointment and approximately 15-minutes of assigned daily exercises. The vision therapy program can range from a few weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the diagnosis, eye health and compliance level.

Vision therapy involves close monitoring and follow-up appointments to ensure noticeable improvements in your visual functions. Over the course of the program, the eye doctor will decide how many visits are required in order to achieve optimal results.

How Long Does It Take to See Results with Vision Therapy?


It’s important to note that the goal of vision therapy is to improve functionality, not complete recovery.

For certain adults, gains can be experienced fairly soon. For others, it may take up to 6 months or more to realize significant results. Naturally, this depends on the patient, the unique therapy regimen and their adherence to the vision therapy program.

Is There an Age Limit to Vision Therapy?


There is no age limit. Because of the brain’s neuroplasticity, the brain remains dynamic and flexible throughout our lives. Just as with muscle training or learning to play an instrument, the more we practice, the more skillful we become and the better our visual function.

Does Vision Or Medical Insurance Cover The Cost Of Vision Therapy?


Vision therapy may be covered under major medical insurance plans (vision therapy is most often applied to a medical policy as opposed to a vision policy). However, certain insurance companies may deny or place severe limits on coverage for vision therapy as a cost-saving measure. When sorting out the insurance details for vision therapy, it’s important to know what questions to ask of your insurance agent or workplace HR department.

If you’re considering vision therapy, let us help you understand how to ask the right questions of your insurance company to determine whether you can get coverage.

The first step in determining whether vision therapy can help you with work or sports is to contact Vision Development of WNY and schedule a comprehensive exam with Dr. Dick O'Connor or Dr. Alyssa Fortuna. Following the exam, Dr. Dick O'Connor or Dr. Alyssa Fortuna will provide a diagnosis and determine whether vision therapy is the best course of action. If so, you will be prescribed an individualized eye treatment program.

Vision Development of WNY is committed to transforming lives through vision therapy.

Our practice serves patients from Elma, Buffalo, SouthTowns, and Western New York, New York and surrounding communities.

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