Vision Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ

Vision Therapy

Find a Scottsdale Vision Therapy Center Near You

Clarkson Eyecare is staffed with highly trained doctors and specialists to help adults and children improve their vision. Our specialist at the Shea Boulevard, AZ office, takes a special interest in vision therapy. Our specialist is board-certified and strives to provide the best care for their patients by continuing to be on the cutting edge of new technology.

What is Vision Therapy?

Optometric vision therapy is conducted by optometrists and aims at improving and strengthening visual skills to help the eyes work more effectively and efficiently. Optometric vision therapy helps improve your eyes’ efficiency and your performance in life activities including school work, sports, driving, balance, and more. It can also help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for reading, writing, and learning.

Common Optometric Vision Therapy Exercises

This type of therapy uses a variety of eye exercises to not necessarily improve your eyesight, but more so to improve visual skills like focusing, eye-tracking, hand-eye coordination, visual processing, convergence, and more. Optometric vision therapy is structured as a performance enhancement program focusing on children and adults of any age or developmental stage. A vision therapy program typically consists of supervised exercises performed over weeks or months. In addition to exercises, lenses, prisms, filters, patches, computer-based programs, sensory integration techniques, electronic targets, or balance boards may be used.

How Does Vision Therapy Work?

Optometric Vision therapy consists of various exercises that help improve the connection and communication between your brain and your eye muscles. An optometric vision therapy program consists of supervised exercises performed over weeks to months. 

In addition to exercises, lenses, prisms, filters, patches, computer programs, sensory integration techniques, electronic targets, or balance boards may be used. 

Signs Vision Therapy Can Be Beneficial

Common signs and symptoms people experience that could be improved by optometric vision therapy included, trouble focusing, headaches, poor hand-eye coordination, squinting, blurry or double vision, binocular vision, eye strain, dizziness, and covering one eye.

Do I Need Optometric Vision Therapy?

If you have suffered a brain injury, vision therapy is used as a part of neuro-optometric rehabilitation services. This applies to concussion, stroke, birth trauma (ADD/ADHD), chemical trauma (chemotherapy), physical trauma, in-utero trauma (CP, FAS) or other forms of trauma or disorder, Individuals who wear glasses or contact lenses can also benefit from optometric vision therapy as it helps improve vision skills while the glasses and contact work to improve the clarity of vision.

Optometric Vision Therapy & Lazy Eye

A lazy eye is caused when one eye doesn’t have as strong of visual acuity, causing blurriness and poor vision. Both children and adults can have a lazy eye. Optometric vision therapy can help treat a lazy eye, as it helps improve the connection between the eyes and the brain.  

Optometric Vision Therapy & Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence insufficiency is a common condition that causes trouble focusing on an object close to you. Convergence insufficiency means your eyes are not working as well to focus and comprehend books, phones, tablets, computer, and other items that are close to you. Convergence insufficiency can happen in both children and adults and causes trouble focusing on homework, reading, and computer work. Optometric vision therapy can help to improve your visual convergency. 

Robert J. Espositio, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Meet Robert J. Esposito, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D.

Dr. Robert J. Esposito received his undergraduate degree from City University of New York and went to Pennsylvania College of Optometry for his Doctorate of Optometry. Dr. Esposito went on to complete an elective residency in Rehabilitative Optometry at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. After completing his residency, Dr. Esposito received his specialty certification as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1997. He also is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Esposito specializes in traumatic brain injury, vision therapy, and special needs patient care.

Signs Vision Therapy Can Be Beneficial

Common signs and symptoms people experience that could be improved by vision therapy included, trouble focusing, headaches, poor hand-eye coordination, squinting, blurry vision, eye strain, dizziness, and covering one eye. If you have suffered a brain injury, vision therapy is used as a part of neuro-optometric rehabilitation services. This applies to concussion, stroke, birth trauma (ADD/ADHD), chemical trauma (chemotherapy), physical trauma, in-utero trauma (CP, FAS) or other forms of trauma or disorder, Individuals who wear glasses or contact lenses can also benefit from vision therapy as it helps improve vision skills while the glasses and contact work to improve the clarity of vision.

Vision Therapy for Children

Vision therapy can be very beneficial for children who have learning difficulty, poor reading skills, trouble with hand-eye coordination, a lazy eye, and more. Some learning difficulties may stem from vision problems like convergence insufficiency which can cause poor focusing ability on an object close to them, like a book or tablet.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Vision Therapy

Is Optometric Vision Therapy for Children?

Optometric vision therapy can be very beneficial for children who have learning difficulty, poor reading skills, trouble with hand-eye coordination, a lazy eye, and more. Some learning difficulties may stem from vision problems like convergence insufficiency which can cause poor focusing ability on an object close to them, like a book or tablet.

How Quickly Does Vision Therapy Work?

Just like any therapy, it is a weekly in-office treatment program with additional at-home therapy. Every person is different, and the amount of time therapy is needed differs. Improvements and results can be noticed in just a few weeks or up to a few months.

Is Vision Therapy for Adults?

Vision therapy is beneficial for both adults and children who might have trouble focusing, poor hand-eye coordination, and other vision issues such as:

  • Problems with reading

  • Focusing problems (accommodative issues)

  • Crossed Eye/Eye Turn (Strabismus) or Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

  • Binocular vision issues (problems with the eyes working together or teaming)

  • Convergence Insufficiency (eye alignment issue up close)

  • Traumatic Brain Injury including Concussions

  • Computer-induced or Stress-induced vision problems

  • Visual Perception Disorders

  • Visual-Motor Disorders

How Does Vision Therapy Work?

Vision therapy consists of various exercises that help improve the connection and communication between your brain and your eyes. A vision therapy program consists of supervised exercises performed over weeks to months. In addition to exercises, lenses, prisms, filters, patches, computer programs, sensory integration techniques, electronic targets, or balance boards may be used. Vision therapy helps improve your eyes’ efficiency and your performance in life activities including school work, sports, driving, balance, and more.

Schedule an Appointment Today to Begin Vision Therapy

If you or your child lacks the necessary visual skills for reading, writing and learning (i.e. eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand coordination, visual memory skills, etc.) then vision therapy might be beneficial for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Our eye doctors will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to help identify issues and determine the best exercises and treatment for vision therapy.

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