Neuro Rehabilitation Therapy (Vision Therapy)
Neuro-Visual Treatment (vision training/therapy/rehabilitation) is a subspecialty in optometry. It is a prescribed treatment used to improve, enhance and/or develop visual function so that the visual system runs more efficiently and automatically. This is done by building stronger, faster, more connected neural pathways regardless of age. We could call it brain therapy!
Patients learn to use their visual abilities in new and more efficient ways by participating in various vision exercises that utilize lenses, prisms, filters, patches and other materials and equipment. Exercises are designed to bring a skill or set of skills to conscious awareness, practice using those skills to mastery so they become automatic.
The overall goal of treatment is to alleviate signs and symptoms of visual function problems, maximize visual and overall performance, meet the patient’s needs and improve the patient’s quality of life.
How Can We Change Brain Function Through Neuro-Perceptual Therapy?
Throughout life, neural networks reorganize and reinforce themselves in response to new experiences. Body-mind interaction is what stimulates brain cells to grow and connect with each other in complex ways. The human brain continues to grow and improve with exercise.
New dendritic connections can be formed at any age, and the more a pathway is used, the faster the transmission of the information. Vision therapy relies on this neural plasticity, or the ability to enhance brain function to restore, reinforce and enhance performance.
A good vision therapy program works within a framework of developmental hierarchies. It is important for patients to self discover through the exercises prescribed in order to derive meaning and form a foundation that they can use in familiar, as well as new, visual situations.
In vision therapy, individuals relearn or enhance the use of different brain (or thought) processes to alleviate visual discomfort and use visual skills more efficiently and integrate them with other senses more effectively.
Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy?
Anybody at any age who has been determined to have a visual problem, developmental delay, reduced performance in school, work or play can benefit from vision therapy.
Anyone who feels they are not meeting their potential or working harder than they should to meet their potential.
Other individuals may be very symptomatic of vision dysfunction by experiencing headaches, fatigue and blurry or double vision.
Anyone that has experienced whiplash or a concussion regardless of if imaging came back normal and feels that they function differently after the accident.
Vision therapy is commonly used for (but not limited to) the following:
- Accommodative dysfunctions
- Ocular motor dysfunctions
- Binocular dysfunctions
- Visual motor disorders
- Visual perceptual disorders
- Learning related visual problems
- Sensory Integration
- Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation
- Sports vision enhancement
- Myopia control
- Attention deficit disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Convergence Insufficiency