Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of vision therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong! Instead, vision therapy aims to re-train the learned aspects of vision through the recently understood concept of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change its structure and function in response to external stimuli.
These neurological changes in the brain, once thought to occur only during early childhood, have been demonstrated to occur in adults as well. It seeks to “rewire” or rehabilitate the neural connections between the eye and the brain. This approach is also common to occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, or eye surgery which alters the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles, vision therapy aims to “teach” the visual system to correct itself so that the patient can perform to his or her full potential in school and in life.
Conditions we treat include amblyopia, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, general accommodative and binocular dysfunctions, acquired brain injuries, oculomotor dysfunctions, and visual information processing deficits.