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Vision Therapy

child performing vision therapy exercise

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is considered physical therapy for the eyes and the brain. Just like any other part of the body, the eyes have different types of muscles that can cause different symptoms such as: 

  • Double vision 

  • Focusing issues 

  • Words swimming on the page 

  • Skipping lines 

  • Tired eyes after reading 

Vision therapy helps individuals retrain their ocular muscles to perform optimally. It is a personalized treatment plan that uses different activities to improve visual skills. Not only are we working on improving visual skills, we are also seeing how these interactions affect the brain’s neural networks. This allows for a deeper connection between the eye and the brain. 

Patient Alex's testimonial: 

“Dr. Khalid and the team at Apple Optometry did such a great job with my vision therapy. I no longer have double vision and can focus when reading now. Vision therapy has improv[ed] my quality of life so much and I can’t thank them enough.”

Do I need vision therapy?

  • If you notice the following symptoms, schedule an appointment and follow the next few steps 

    • Pain around the eyes 

    • Double vision 

    • Poor balance 

    • Poor reading comprehension

    • In ability to track words and objects 

    • Eye strain and headaches 

    • Unintentional skipping of words and lines while reading 

    • Words that “move” as you read 

  • Step 1: Come in for a routine eye exam and state your symptoms.

  • Step 2: Screening includes visual acuity, testing eye alignment, flexibility of focusing and tracking muscles. Lastly, we look at the overall ocular health.

  • Step 3: If your symptoms and signs are not within limits, we will discuss a referral for a vision evaluation. 


How is vision therapy performed?

  • Now that you need vision therapy and have your glasses.

  • Step 1: Have a full eye exam with an updated prescription. 

  • Step 2: Perform a full evaluation of the patient’s eye tracking, focusing, teaming, and visual perceptual skills.

  • Step 3: Create a personalized treatment plan using filter, prisms, and different activities. 

  • Step 4: Weekly private vision therapy sessions are performed, and home activities are provided to alleviate symptoms and resolve conditions. 

  • Step 5: Final evaluation with maintenance check- ins to ensure no changes are made. 

Is vision therapy backed by research?

  • Many people think that there is no scientific research backing vision therapy, however there are many articles and there are more in the works as we speak! Click on the links below to read just a few articles on vision therapy research.


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