Some vision problems may not be effectively managed through corrective eyewear. If this is the case, your eye care specialist may suggest trying vision therapy. In today’s post, Park Slope Eye, your trusted provider of quality contact lenses and other eye care services, answers some of the most asked questions about this treatment option.
Q: What Is Vision Therapy?
Also called vision training, this is a non-surgical program that involves doing a set of eye exercises for a specified period. It may also involve the use of special lenses, computer-assisted activities and more. The length of treatment and therapy activities included will vary depending on your eye care needs.
Q: How Does It Work?
Vision therapy works similarly to physical therapy. It optimizes your brain’s neuroplasticity properties, adapting to external stimuli. Repeatedly doing eye exercises and other activities in your treatment regimen improves the working relationship between your neurological and visual systems.
Q: What Eye Problems Can It Treat?
Vision therapy can help people with amblyopia (lazy eyes) and other binocular vision disorders. It’s also effective at managing strabismus (crossed) eyes, nystagmus (dancing eyes) and other problems with eye alignment or movement. In addition, it can help individuals with eye injuries, brain trauma or developmental delays.
Q: How Do I Know If I Will Benefit From It?
Your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess your current visual health. This may also include tests that evaluate how well your brain and eyes work together. We will determine whether eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other vision correction options are effective at improving your vision problem.
For more questions about vision therapy or other eye health concerns, fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents in Brooklyn, NY, and the surrounding communities.