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Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy by a Board-Certified Developmental Optometrist is a specialty service that is provided by a few clinics in Canada. Vision Therapy comprises of a series of eye exercises with the use of therapeutic lenses, prisms, occluders/patches, colored filters and visual perceptual tasks to train the eye-to-brain connection to perform more effectively and efficiently. These exercises help an individual develop and/or improve upon certain fundamental visual skills in order to obtain clear, comfortable, and efficient vision at all distances. It also trains the visual system to change how it processes and interprets visual information. The sequence and extent of therapy procedures is customized for each individual based on the condition(s) being treated.
 
The Vision Therapy program is typically divided into 3 phases. Phase 1 works on normalizing the individual’s eye tracking ability, phase 2 works on normalizing the individual’s eye focusing ability and phase 3 works on normalizing the individual’s eye teaming ability. The exercises begin by training each eye individually to equalize performance by each eye, then slowly incorporates binocular training where both eyes are trained to work effectively as a team. This step-by-step approach yields excellent results in creating a well-functioning visual system and eye-to-brain connections, in turn enhancing school performance and general visual performance.

Myopia Control

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a growing epidemic in North America. Myopia is characterized by blurry vision at distance that is correctly by eyeglasses and contact lenses. Myopia progression (i.e. increase in eyeglass prescription) from year to year is of deep concern to many individuals and parents as it not only results in an increased prescription but can also cause serious eye diseases in the future such as retinal detachment and glaucoma. Vision Therapy, along with specialty contact lenses and eyeglass lenses can be successfully performed to control the progression of myopia in children.
 
Studies have shown that 1 in 4 school-aged children have a vision problem. Children often do not complain if they have a vision problem, as they do not know what is normal. Annual eye exams are recommended for all children starting at 6 months. Annual eye exams for children are covered by Alberta Health until the age of 19 years.
 
To learn more about Vision Therapy and the scientific research showing the effectiveness of Vision Therapy, visit www.covd.org

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FAQ

 Can visual problems sometimes be misdiagnosed as dyslexia or behavioral problems such as ADHD?
Absolutely! If a child is unable to obtain clear and comfortable vision for a prolonged period of time, this will lead into them associating reading and near work with discomfort. This in turn leads to poor concentration and poor comprehension when reading even though they can “see” and is often misdiagnosed as a behavioral dysfunction, when it is in fact a visual dysfunction that can be treated.
If my child has good vision, why would they need vision therapy?
A child can have perfectly good vision at distance and near, but if they have an eye focussing or eye teaming disorder, then they are unable to maintain that clear vision for longer than a few minutes. This in turn leads to symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and difficulty with reading comprehension. If they have an eye tracking disorder, then even though they can see everything that is on the page, they struggle with reading because they lose their place when reading or skip words or lines and have difficulty remembering what they have read. These conditions are effectively treated by Vision Therapy.
How do I find out if my child needs vision therapy?
The best way to find out if a child needs vision therapy is to get their eyes examined every year, even if they are not complaining of any blurry vision. An eye exam a far more than a vision test, and screens for functional vision conditions and assesses ocular health.
Can vision therapy be used to enhance sports performance?

Definitely! Vision Therapy is often performed for individuals who have a “normal” functioning visual system, but want to enhance it to improve their eye tracking abilities, depth perception and eye-to-brain connections to improve reaction times, in turn improving sports performance. Ask our doctors about Sports Therapy!

If I think my child might need Vision Therapy, what are the next steps?

Call our clinic and ask to be booked for a “Vision Therapy Assessment”. This is a 25-40 minute appointment that includes a series of tests to examine an individual’s eye tracking, focussing and teaming abilities as well as the eye to brain interactions. These tests are different from those performed during the child’s routine annual eye exam and are performed by our Developmental Optometrist.

What is the procedure in vision therapy?

The vision therapy program at Urban Eyecare comprises of in-office visits once every week (unless stated otherwise) where the individual being treated performs a series of designated exercises and activities with the vision therapist for half hour. The individual is then given homework exercises that they perform once a day at home for the remaining days of the week. Several progress checks are done over the course of the therapy to assess the rate and amount of improvement of the individual’s visual skills. The length of the program varies for each individual based on factors such as age and the type and severity of the condition.

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Rod Robideau
23:38 20 Jul 18
What a great experience. My first eye exam in years and the staff were all very helpful, polite, professional and super friendly. All options were explained and answered as well as all the questions I had. They have a great selection of frames at reasonable prices. I’d recommend Urban Eyecare to any and all!!!read more
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23:01 16 Jun 18
The doctor was very knowledgable and kind. I felt that my exam was very thorough and she explained why I was experiencing issues with my sight. The staff at the front were so nice and helped me pick out my first pair of glasses. They looked up my coverage for me and took care of the direct billing.My glasses seemed pricey but I have no idea what is normal. I would recommend this place for the service!!read more
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22:13 08 Nov 17
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Jordan Grimard
13:11 21 Nov 18
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21:27 20 Aug 18
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18:50 22 Jun 18
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