Developing Visual Skills Together
At Flamborough Family Eyecare, we want to be a part of your vision care journey. That includes vision therapy to assist you with relearning and reinforcing specific visual skills.
You may be wondering what visual skills are. Visual skills are something we develop from a young age. Poor visual skills can result in poor concentration and affect your daily life.
For more information and to see if vision therapy is right for you or your children, contact us and book your appointment.
What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a treatment program prescribed by your optometrist to improve conditions such as strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye). Vision therapy is also essential to help people relearn and reinforce visual skills such as:
- Eye movement accuracy
- Focusing control
- Coordination of both eyes
In vision therapy, your doctor will prescribe customized individual visual tasks and exercises for daily practice to help enhance your vision through coordination, strengthening, and eye movement. Vision therapy has been proven to be an effective treatment for many vision issues that cannot be treated solely by eyeglasses or contact lenses.
The Focus of Vision Therapy
Because vision therapy focuses on relearning and reinforcing visual skills, it can help relieve symptoms and improve the outcomes for various vision problems. Your vision therapy program will be determined by our optometrists and the vision problems you may be struggling with.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia is a vision development problem where one of your eyes has reduced vision due to abnormal visual development in early life. The “lazy” eye usually wanders inward or outward.
Amblyopia usually develops from birth to age 7 and is the leading cause of decreased vision among children. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to assist in preventing long-term issues with your children’s vision.
Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
Strabismus (crossed eyes) is a muscle condition where your eyes are not properly aligned with each other. This misalignment can result in double vision or a distorted image from the affected eye.
Strabismus often affects children under 6 and usually appears between birth and 21 months old. Children with strabismus may develop double vision, and in an attempt to balance their vision, their brain will disregard the image from one eye in a process called suppression.
When suppression occurs, the ignored eye will become unable to function normally and may result in the development of a lazy eye, also known as amblyopia.
A large part of vision therapy is ensuring your eyes have time to relax and destress. Eye strain can be a focus of your vision therapy program to help reduce the risk of tiring your eyes out by constantly focusing on your screen.
Practicing the 20-20-20 rule can help limit screen time and reduce stress on your eyes. The 20-20-20 rule involves looking away from your screen for at least 20 minutes and gazing at a distant object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Putting Your Vision First
Depending on your vision condition, vision therapy can have a significant effect on your lifestyle. Our goal with vision therapy is to provide our patients with a new outlook on their visual skills and assist them in the refocusing and relearning process.
Request your appointment today to speak with our team and begin your vision therapy journey.
Our office is located at the corner of Hamilton Street N and Rockhaven Lane. If you have any trouble, feel free to give us a call!
- 170 Rockhaven Lane Unit 110
- Waterdown, ON L0R 2H6
Regular Hours of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed