Vision therapy is a non-surgical means of treating different types of focusing, tracking and eye teaming disorders. It involves in-clinic therapy and at-home training procedures to make the eyes and brain work together more efficiently. The treatments are individualized to each patient’s diagnosis and involve a course of therapy activities and progress evaluations lasting about three to nine months, depending on the diagnosis. Using prescription lenses, prisms, patches, filters and other patient-specific equipment, the optometrist is able to set up conditions by which a patient can gain meaningful insights regarding the use of their vision and learn to properly develop or improve their visual skills.
How Vision Affects Learning
Vision involves three areas of brain activity: Visual Input; Visual Processing; and Visual-Motor Output. If any of these three areas is compromised, there can be reduced efficiency with one’s overall learning process. In many cases where a person’s vision may interfere with learning, a child’s eyesight at far is 20/20 or better. Because most school screenings test distance visual acuity alone and do not assess a child’s eye tracking, eye teaming, focusing or perceptual skills, parents who have a child that passes a school vision screening may remain under the false impression that their child’s vision is just fine. It is not unusual that children and adults who struggle in the classroom and/or workplace may have an undiagnosed vision problem interfering with efficient performance. They can often be associated with a host of observable signs and symptoms (see checklist).
Vision problems that go undetected can be major contributors to behaviors such as difficulty concentrating and poor attention to detail. With proper diagnosis and treatment, nearpoint activities such as reading may improve significantly, comprehension increases, and even sports performance can improve. It is important to watch for visual disorder symptoms in both children and adults.
The first step in setting up an exam is to take the Symptoms Checklist and record the score. If you are referred by an Optometrist please have the records faxed from your most recent eye exam to our office prior to your exam. (701) 772-8161
The exam process is set up with at least two of three separate appointments: a Comprehensive Vision Examination (amended or omitted if a previous exam has been performed) and a Visual Efficiency Evaluation. When developmental delays are suspected, a third evaluation of Visual Information Processing may also be required, especially if such testing has not been been done previously. After these evaluations, a detailed report will be sent to the parents and interested parties and a conference scheduled with the doctor to review the results.
We require that all paperwork is completed prior to your arrival. Please click on the links below and print out the required forms.
The consult is for the parents and/or any professionals the parents would like have to sit in.
We will review the exam results and discuss treatment options.