Should You See a Vision Therapist?

Man experiencing eyestrain

Signs You Should Schedule a Visit With a Vision Therapist

Could you have a vision problem even though you have 20/20 vision or can see well while wearing glasses or contacts? Issues that affect the interaction between your brain and eyes can cause a variety of symptoms that may not seem to be associated with vision at a first glance. Fortunately, a vision therapist can help you improve the way your eyes and brain work together.

You Don't Like Reading

Reading can be difficult if your eyes don't work together as a team. Words or letters may seem to jump or float across the page, or you might see two blurry images of one word. After forcing yourself to get through a page or chapter, you may not retain much of what you read.

Your problem may be caused by issues with eye teaming, focusing, eye movement, visual processing or perception. But, all of these problems can be improved with vision therapy.

Catching a Ball Is a Lot Harder Than It Should Be

Does the ball or Frisbee never land where you expect, or do you lose the ball in the sky? Without good tracking skills or peripheral vision, it can be hard to anticipate where a ball will land or keep track of the movements of other players. During vision therapy, you'll play games and participate in activities specifically designed to improve your side vision and tracking ability.

You Want to Get Even Better at Sports

Vision therapy can also be helpful if you don't have any major issues with playing sports but feel that there's room for improvement. In addition to improving your tracking skills and peripheral vision, vision therapy can fine tune your depth perception and hand-eye coordination. It can also improve your ability to switch your focus from near objects to distant ones quickly. Therapy can help you enhance your ability to see color contrasts, which may make it easier to see a tiny puck or ball on the ice or field.

You Have a Headache and Eyestrain at the End of the Day

Headache and eyestrain are particularly common if you have convergence insufficiency (CI), although they can also be caused by other issues. Seeing close objects clearly requires you to turn both of your eyes inward. Even slight misalignments in your eyes can affect your ability to see close objects easily. Vision therapy addresses CI alignment problems, reducing your unpleasant symptoms.

You Suffer from Motion Sickness

Contrary to popular belief, you won't necessarily grow out of motion sickness once you reach adulthood. In fact, it may get even worse as you get older. The problem occurs when the information your brain receives just doesn't make sense. If you're sitting in a car, you're obviously moving yet your body is stationary.

During vision therapy, you'll participate in exercises that will gradually desensitize you to moving objects. You'll start to slowly avoid triggering your symptoms, of course.

You Have Strabismus or Amblyopia

Strabismus (crossed eyes) and/or amblyopia (lazy eye) are common problems that may not have been corrected when you were a child, even if you wore an eye patch for a while. Strabismus can cause double vision, poor depth perception, eye strain, and other symptoms.

Unfortunately, if your misalignment isn't corrected with vision therapy, you can develop amblyopia, a condition that occurs when your brain ignores the input from one eye. If you have amblyopia, you may have difficulty reading or driving, blurry vision and an inability to see in three dimensions.

In the past, it was believed that there was no hope for adults who have amblyopia. Thanks to several recent studies, we know that the adult brain is more adaptable than was once thought. Even if you've had lazy eye for years, vision therapy may finally improve your vision.

You Had a Stroke

Changes in vision can occur after a stroke. Your brain may have difficulty combining light impulses from both eyes to create one image. You might also have trouble with peripheral vision or tracking objects. Some people who have strokes suffer from inattention, a problem that occurs when you no longer notice objects in one part of your visual field.

Although your eyes may be perfectly fine, damage to your brain may cause vision problems. Vision therapy can improve the brain-eye connection and help other parts of the brain take over the functions of damaged areas in some cases.

Would you like to find out if vision therapy is a good choice for you? Contact us to schedule a comprehensive vision examination.

Sources:

Optometrists Network: Successful Improvement of Eyesight with Therapy for Patients with Lazy Eye Proven Possible at Later Ages by Many New Scientific Studies

http://www.lazyeye.org/lazy-eye-amblyopia-age-treatment-adult.html

University of Rochester Medical Center: Rigorous Visual Training Teaches the Brain to See Again After Stroke, 3/31/09

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/2436/rigorous-visual-training-teaches-the-brain-to-see-again-after-stroke.aspx

Transitions GEN 8

Ask us how your next glasses order can qualify for FREE lenses

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Pittsburg

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Girard

Monday:

10:00 am-1:00 pm

2:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Thursday:

8:30 am-12:00 pm

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Locations

Find us on the map

  • "We see Dr.Kannar & Dr.Jacquinot often, myself, my husband and my son love them both and their staff. They are all great people! I highly recommend them!"
    Heather P.
  • "Dr Painter see both my husband and myself she is very pleasant and takes very good care of us she always take time to explain and makes sure our needs our taken care of."
    Brenda B.
  • "I went to the office in Girard and saw Dr Painter. The whole office is Wonderful! Very friendly and caring. My glasses are perfect! Won't go anywhere else!"
    Linda M.
  • "Pittsburg is lucky to have you Dr. Kannarr (as am I ) Thanks for everything you do for your patients!"
    Becky O.

Featured Articles

Read up on Informative Topics

  • Air Pollution Affects Your Lungs But It Can Also Affect Your Eyes

    Are your eyes red, dry or itchy after spending time outside? Air pollution may be the cause. ...

    Read More
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy

    Fuchs' dystrophy (pronounced fooks DIS-truh-fee) is an eye disease characterized by degenerative changes to the cornea’s innermost layer of cells. The cause for Fuchs' dystrophy is not fully understood. If your mother or father has the disease, then there is roughly a 50 percent chance that you will ...

    Read More
  • Should You See a Vision Therapist?

    Do you experience frequent headaches, double vision or motion sickness? You may benefit from a visit to a vision therapist. ...

    Read More
  • How to Lessen the Risk of Glaucoma

    Did you know that your lifestyle choices can impact your risk of glaucoma? Read our latest newsletter to learn how to reduce your risk of getting glaucoma. ...

    Read More
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    One of the leading causes of vision loss in people who are age 50 or older is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This common eye condition leads to damage of a small spot near the center of the retina called the macula. The macula provides us with the ability to clearly see objects that are straight ...

    Read More
  • Diabetic Eye Diseases

    Diabetes is a condition that involves high blood sugar (glucose) levels. This can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes. One of the most common diabetic eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy, which is also a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy ...

    Read More
  • Presbyopia

    Somewhere around the age of 40, most people’s eyes lose the ability to focus on close-up objects. This condition is called presbyopia. You may start holding reading material farther away, because it is blurry up close. Reading suddenly gives you eyestrain. You might wonder when manufacturers started ...

    Read More
  • Laser Cataract Surgery

    The only way to correct the clouded vision caused by advanced cataracts is surgical intervention. If you find yourself pursuing cataract surgery to remove one or both cataract-disease lenses, you may be wondering what surgical approaches are available for treatment. Although eye surgeons have successfully ...

    Read More
  • Cataract Surgery

    With cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist removes the cataract-diseased lens of your eye. The ophthalmologist then replaces your natural lens with an artificial one. The Procedure This outpatient procedure is generally safe and takes less than an hour. Your ophthalmologist will dilate your pupil ...

    Read More
  • Peripheral Vision Loss

    Normal sight includes central vision (the field of view straight ahead) and peripheral vision (the field of view outside the circle of central vision). The inability to see within a normal range of view often indicates peripheral vision loss. In severe cases of peripheral vision loss, individuals only ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up