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Non-Surgical Treatments for Vision Correction

As a fact – 80% of whatever we learn as a child is by the means of sight. We see that a high percentage of children with learning and reading difficulties have vision-related problems and that is one of the reason why we at Burlington Optometry takes your eye health care quite seriously. We offers special testing and vision training for children with learning difficulties. Note that Vision Therapy is a non-surgical, doctor-supervised, customized program of visual activities designed to correct or improve certain vision problems and visual skills.

How Vision Therapy Works – Beyond Glasses and Lenses

Sometimes eye glasses and contact lenses are not enough to correct all vision difficulties. Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the entire visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision. The visual system is taught to correct itself. The process can include the use of prism lenses, colour filtered glasses, computerized visual activities and non-computerized viewing instruments. Successful vision therapy outcomes are achieved through active collaborative work of the prescribing doctor, the patient and, in the case of children, their parents. The goal in most cases is to achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision.

Many studies have shown that vision therapy can correct vision problems that interfere with efficient reading among schoolchildren. It also can help reduce eyestrain and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome experienced by many children and adults.

Vision therapy may treat:

Vision Therapy to Strengthen Visual Skills

Vision therapy works to develop and strengthen your visual skills, including tracking, vision perception, focusing and eye teaming.

Tracking Skills

Your ability to follow lines of text involves your tracking skills. This is controlled by your oculomotor system, which controls your eye movements. Yours eyes’ tracking skills involve other vision abilities, such as:

  • Pursuits (ability to smoothly track moving targets)
  • Saccades (ability to shift focus quickly)
  • Reading saccades (ability to move in a line from left to right without moving above or below the line)

Vision Perception Skills

This refers to your ability to interpret, analyze and understand what you are seeing.

Focusing Skills

Your focusing skills control your ability to clearly see objects close up and for prolonged durations of time. It also impacts your ability to easily switch your focus on objects close to you to objects that are far from you.

Eye Teaming Skills

Your eye teaming skills are what prevent you from having double vision. These skills control how each of your eyes work in unison.

New patients are welcome and we always strive to accommodate walk-in patients and emergency appointments. Call us today at 905-336-3205 to schedule an appointment. You can also email us at info@burlington-optometry.com. Visit us at: 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON L7P 3B6.