Vision Therapy Cincinnati, Ohio
“Our girls had trouble with reading before vision therapy. They caught up to their grade level in reading and now exceed grade level reading expectations. They love to read now and are reading all the time! They had a very positive experience with Montgomery Vision Care, and they were always encouraging, fun and upbeat. The girls never complained about coming to vision therapy which is hard to do at their age!” – Shawndra Ortiz, Parent
Vision therapy — a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain — is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, “it’s too late,” or “you’ll have to learn to live with it” have benefited from vision therapy.
Optometric Vision Therapy is an individualized treatment regimen prescribed for a patient in order to:
- Provide medically necessary treatment for diagnosed visual dysfunctions;
- Prevent the development of visual problems; or
- Enhance visual performance to meet defined needs of the patient.
Optometric Vision Therapy is appropriate treatment for visual conditions which include, but are not limited to:
- Strabismic and non-strabismic binocular dysfunctions
- Accommodative dysfunctions
- Ocular motor dysfunctions
- Visual motor disorders
- Visual perceptual (visual information processing) disorders
The systematic use of lenses, prisms, filters, occlusion and other appropriate materials, modalities, equipment and procedures is integral to optometric Vision Therapy. The goals of the prescribed treatment regimen are to alleviate the signs and symptoms, achieve desired visual outcomes, meet the patient’s needs and improve the patient’s quality of life. Optometric Vision Therapy, also referred to as visual training, vision training, or orthoptics, is a treatment regimen to correct or improve specific dysfunctions of the vision system identified by standardized diagnostic criteria. It includes but is not limited to, the treatment of strabismus and other binocular vision or convergence dysfunctions, amblyopia, accommodation, ocular motor function and visual-perceptual-motor abilities. The medical necessity for optometric Vision Therapy is determined from a comprehensive analysis and diagnosis of the functioning of the vision system. Treatment plans are directed at specific diagnosed dysfunctions of the vision system and encompass the use of lenses, prisms, occlusion and other appropriate materials, modalities and equipment. Because the therapy is individualized, the procedures used and the duration of therapy are dependent upon the nature and severity of the problem being treated and the specific needs of the patient. -American Optometric Association Vision Therapy is not a new field, but many patients and parents are just now hearing about it. If you would like to know more, or if you or your child could benefit from vision therapy, start with a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Laura Fiorenza. Your child may be struggling in school with reading or attentiveness on task. These symptoms can be an indication of learning issues, but often they are actually the symptoms of an untreated visual dysfunction. Properly diagnosing and treating these visual dysfunctions starts with an eye exam and evaluation at Montgomery Vision Care. After an assessment of all the issues your child has been challenged with, Dr. Laura will design a Vision Therapy Plan that will help develop your child’s ability to see better. Sometimes a course of Vision Therapy can replace surgery for Strabismus, or be used in conjunction with surgery to strengthen the eyes accommodative powers.
Additional VT Resources
Additional VT Resources
Vision Therapy Links and Resources:
COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development)
Optometrists Network Extensive site with links to pages on Add/Adhd, brain injuries, Learning Disabilities, Lazy eye, Vision Therapy
Fixing My Gaze
Books on Optometrists Network