Vision Therapy

Vision therapy, also known as behavioral optometry. These are terms for alternative medicine treatments that aim to improve a person’s visual abilities, such as eye tracking, focusing, convergence, eye-hand, coordination, and visual processing speed.

An optometric vision therapy program is based on the results of comprehensive eye exams and takes into consideration standardized tests, the needs of the patient, and the patient’s signs and symptoms.

Just like other muscles in your body, the muscles in the eye may need to “work-out” also.

The muscles of the eye are essential to its function. Muscles directly associated with the eye are:

• extraocular muscles
• intraocular muscles
• Protractor of the eyelids
• Retractor of the eyelids

There are seven extraocular muscles, which control the movements of all the eyeballs and superior eyelids.

Intraocular muscles are responsible for pupils accommodation, and reaction to light.

The protractor muscle closes the eyelid.

The retractor muscle of the eyelid provides eyelid elevation, it opens the eyelid.

Just like other forms of therapy like PT or occupational, vision therapy requires the patient to be committed to long-term success. This means doing the work beyond just feeling better right now. Some patients may need to continue throughout their lifetime or the condition they worked so hard to reverse may return.

In some cases, vision therapy can eliminate the need for surgery. Be aware too, that vision therapy is not covered by most insurance. If this is something your optometrist or ophthalmologist recommends first have an in-depth, conversation with them to see if they can recommend a vision therapist. do your research, talk to your insurance company, check out the therapist, and don’t be afraid of getting a second opinion. As the patient, you will be investing your money, time, and the health of your eyes in this alternative treatment.




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