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Train Your Eyes & Brain to Work Optimally Together

Many vision problems, such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are rooted in your eye’s anatomy. However, other conditions occur because the eyes and the brain are not able to communicate effectively.

Vision therapy is like physical therapy for your eyes and can help your eyes and your brain learn to work together more effectively as a team, correcting some visual problems.

Could you or your child benefit from vision therapy? Speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.

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What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a non-surgical exercise routine, consisting of curated exercises, supervised by your optometrist. It’s designed to correct certain vision problems and can improve your overall visual skills.

While glasses and contact lenses can be used to correct refractive errors, and eye surgery can physically alter your eye muscle anatomy in the case of a turned eye (strabismus), vision therapy is designed to teach your visual system to work optimally.

Vision therapy’s goal is to correct binocular and other vision problems that can’t be fixed with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery alone. It involves repeating a series of exercises, specifically selected to address your unique situation, which are designed to strengthen your visual system. Vision therapy can include the use of aids such as balance boards, metronomes, prisms, and other instruments.

What Issues Can Vision Therapy Correct?

Vision therapy can help correct:

Vision therapy can help improve your near focusing skills.

Amblyopia (more commonly called lazy eye) is a visual development disorder that interferes with normal visual acuity. Amblyopia can be caused by strabismus or an uncorrected refractive error in one eye. To improve your child’s vision, your optometrist may suggest covering their good eye with a patch and then doing interactive vision training exercises with their weaker eye.

Strabismus is a condition that occurs when your eyes fail to stay properly aligned and as such, have trouble working together as a team. While one eye is able to look directly at the object you are focusing on, the other eye is misaligned, affecting your binocular vision and depth perception.

Some cases of strabismus can be corrected with glasses while others may require surgery, but vision therapy can effectively treat an intermittent form of strabismus (called convergence insufficiency), that typically only occurs during close activities.

Vision therapy may help reduce digital eye strain.

If practiced regularly, vision therapy can improve the accuracy of eye movements.

Vision therapy can treat a variety of vision problems associated with developmental disabilities, and brain injuries, including strokes and concussions.

Is Vision Therapy a Good Choice for Me?

For more information about vision therapy and whether you or your child might benefit from it, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.

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Associates in Eyecare – Oakton is conveniently located on Chain Bridge Road, next to PNC Bank and across the street from the Exxon gas station.


2960 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite 101
Oakton, VA 22124

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