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.
Clarkson Eyecare has an eye doctor in the Scottsdale, Arizona area who provides vision therapy services.
Vision therapy is conducted by optometrists and aims at improving and strengthening visual skills to help the eyes work more effectively and efficiently. Vision therapy uses a variety of 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. 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 programs, sensory integration techniques, electronic targets, or balance boards may be used.
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.
Convergence insufficiency is a common condition that causes trouble focusing on an object close to you. Insufficiency means your eyes are not working as well to focus and comprehend books, phones, tablets, computers, and any time that is close to you. Convergence insufficiency can occur in both children and adults and causes trouble focusing on homework, reading, and computer work. Vision therapy is useful for the treatment of convergence insufficiency and can increase a person's ability to converge the eyes, resulting in more comfortable and efficient vision.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.