Vision therapy is a term our Chelsea and Saline eye doctors use to describe various attempts or procedures that can be done primarily to improve overall visual skills and abilities.
Vision therapy can also be undergone to improve general visual comfort and efficiency as well as alter visual processing. People of all ages for a rich variety of reasons will ask for vision therapy or be recommended for vision therapy. The following is a look at the different types of vision therapy that exist and the types of visual skills they can develop and enhance:
There are three primary types of vision therapy an optometry office will offer:
- Orthoptic vision therapy. This type of therapy consists of a series of exercises that an optometrist will ask to have performed over the course of several months. These exercises are typically done once a week in an office setting with some exercises recommended for more frequent performance at home with the goal of improving binocular function.
- Behavioral/perceptual vision therapy. These another style of eye exercises that are designed to improve visual processing as well as visual perception.
- Myopia vision therapy. This type of vision therapy is primarily for the prevention or the correction of nearsightedness, known medically as myopia.
The Visual Skills That Can Be Developed and Enhanced Via Vision Therapy
As noted above, people may seek out an eye doctor for vision therapy for several reasons. The following is a look at some of the most common visual skills that can be developed as well as enhanced via professionally led vision therapy:
- Tracking. Commonly requested by athletes, tracking is the ability to follow objects with both eyes.
- Depth perception. This is the ability to accurately see and move within a space as well as the ability to judge the relative distances of various items in one's field of vision.
- Binocularity. This is the ability to use both eyes together. For example, a person with a lazy eye is often unable to track and have good binocularity and thus one way to resolve this issue is to develop better binocularity.
- Peripheral vision. Another type of vision therapy commonly requested by athletes, this skill is the ability to monitor and interpret what is happening outside the central visual task.
- Near vision and/or distance acuity. The first is the skill of seeing things close to you while the latter is the skill to see things at a further distance.
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