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VISION THERAPY « optometryonhydepark.com
VISION THERAPY
visual-therapyDr. Peterson practices full scope optometry, believing that when someone comes for an eye exam, she needs to focus on the whole in order to make a diagnosis.  She has great experience and enjoys testing children’s vision in particular.  A child’s comprehensive eye exam, as well as an adult exam when there is use of computers, should include tests for skills such as eye movement control, eye focusing and coordination and the teamwork of the two eyes.

When there are inefficiencies in these skills,  Vision therapy, also known as vision training, can be prescribed to improve these skills.   Dr. Peterson will design, administer and monitor training programs for visual efficiency and perceptual skills dysfunction and as well as therapy programs for amblyopia, nystagmus and some types of strabismus.  The specific program of therapy is based on the results of standardized tests and the patient’s signs and symptoms. Programs typically involve eye exercises and the use of lenses, prisms, occluders, specialized tools, and computer programs.

READING DIFFICULTIES
Dr. Peterson offers services for children who have vision related learning problems. She uses techniques developed for training children and adults having visual tracking problems, tired eyes due to eye teaming dysfunction, and near focusing difficulties. Research has shown that nearly 70 percent of children experiencing reading difficulties have these visual efficiency dysfunctions that limit their progress. With home vision training of only 20 minutes per day for two to three months, most children can overcome their vision dysfunction and make faster progress in reading.

Some children also have visual information processing or perceptual immaturities that can also severely limit classroom success.  Techniques are available for training word memory, visual-motor integration, vision perception, letter and word reversal confusion, and eye-hand coordination.

COMPREHENSIVE TESTING
While children should have yearly eye examinations, if there are any learning concerns or symptoms of headaches or complaints as listed below, they should be taken for a comprehensive eye examination that includes not just checking visual acuity and health but also assessing for visual efficiency skills and uncorrected refractive error and also address some of the basic visual perception skills.

SYMPTOMS
Children or Adults with the following symptoms should come in for a comprehensive assessment.

  • Blinking eyes excessively.
  • Complaining of headaches or double vision at near distances.
  • Tired eyes when reading.
  • Intermittent blurring of print.
  • Blurred distance vision for a while after reading.
  • Print moving, jumping, pulsating, or floating.
  • Frequent loss of place.
  • Rereading same line.
  • Skipping letters, words, or lines.
  • Covering one eye or tilts head when reading.
  • Becoming distracted, restless, or inattentive when reading.
  • Avoidance or dislike of reading.
  • Feel sleepy with reading during the day.