Is vision therapy the same everywhere you go?

Vision therapy is NOT the same everywhere you go. The differences you will experience between vision therapy programs is often based on the level of training the doctor has received, their knowledge base in the area of vision therapy, and their personal philosophy.  Each practice has the freedom to design vision therapy as they see fit. At Advanced Vision Therapy Center, we use the following principles to design our therapy programs:

 

The patient comes first: This is the core principle of Advanced Vision Therapy Center, so it makes sense that this principle is at the center of our vision therapy program.  Our vision therapy programs are administered in a one-on-one environment with a trained therapist.  This format allows each program to be individualized, allowing for better, long-lasting, and faster results.  While it may seem easier to have group therapy sessions or computer-based therapy sessions, both research and our experience have shown that this approach is not effective.  One-on-one therapy by a trained therapist allows the patient to come first.

Vision therapy should be performed under the guidance of highly trained and knowledgeable professionals: From the doctor who makes the initial diagnosis to the therapist who will help you improve, it is important to work with the best. Advanced Vision Therapy Center strives to provide the highest level of care for its patients.

Every therapy program should be designed specifically for the patient and their goals: Not every patient has the same vision problem, diagnosis, or goals, so why should their therapy program be the same? We do not believe in cookie cutter, computer-based therapy that requires every patient to perform the same activities for the same amount of time. Therapy is a dynamic process that should respond to how well the patient performs on each activity. For this reason, our therapy program is adaptable to account for quicker than expected progress as well as stumbling blocks along the way.

Every therapy session should be performed in a one-on-one setting: Many of our patients have not been successful in the classroom setting and look to Advanced Vision Therapy Center for further help. So why would we put them into a group class where they have struggled in the past? We have found the most successful vision therapy programs are performed one-on-one with a qualified therapist. This allows for the level of customization we demand from our program.

Every therapy session should be performed by an experienced and knowledgeable therapist: When working with conditions that have been missed by so many others, attention to detail is of the utmost importance. Part of putting the patient first means that they should be at the center of each therapy session, not stuck in front of a computer. We know from experience that the success of vision therapy is dependent on the doctor and the therapist involved in your care. Advanced Vision Therapy Center offers the most experienced and knowledgeable care team in Idaho.

Vision therapy programs should be designed based on evidence-based research and ocular physiology in mind: In order to provide predictable and successful results, we believe in providing vision therapy based on current research. We also use the experience and knowledge of our experts to guide all treatment decisions.

These differences are why people from Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Mountain Home, and the surrounding areas have chosen the professionals at Advanced Vision Therapy Center for more than 20 years.

You should be aware...

Some individuals perform therapy activities (such as pencil pushups or eye tracking activities) and call the process "vision therapy".  These activities more closely resemble an older type of treatment called "orthoptics". Orthoptics is very different from vision therapy and ultimately cannot address many binocular vision or visual perceptual deficits. Research has shown that in-office vision therapy is effective when home-based programs and pencil pushups fail.

 

Only an optometrist with training in neuro-optometry, binocular vision, and vision therapy is qualified to diagnose, prescribe treatment, and design effective vision therapy treatment programs. Unless therapy is performed under the direction of an optometrist with advanced training in the field of vision therapy, these types of activities are NOT vision therapy.

 

Therapy (or vision activities) administered by a therapist without training in vision therapy, who is not acting under the direction of an optometrist  with training in neuro-optometry, binocular vision, and vision therapy, will not allow you to maximize your visual potential.

In fact if orthoptics, or other visual activities, are performed by someone without proper training, the therapy can have several negative consequences.  Some of these negative consequences include:

  • Embedding of deficient skills
  • Worsening of symptoms
  • The development of new sypmtoms
  • The loss or worsening of previous visual skills
  • Intractable dilopia (constant double vision that cannot be reversed)
  • Development of anomalous retinal correspondence (The brain will no longer be able to interpret directional visual signals from the eyes, thereby affecting eye position and eye-body awareness)
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Questions to ask when choosing a vision therapy provider:

  • Is the program supervised by an optometrist with advanced training in neuro-optometry, binocular vision, and vision therapy?

  • Is the doctor residency-trained in vision therapy?

  • What qualifications and experience does the therapist (that will be working with you or your child) have?

  • Does the vision therapy program involve computer training?

  • Is the therapy performed in a group setting or one-on-one?

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With over 25 years of proven success, you can trust Advanced Vision Therapy Center to provide the care you need.

Our Clinical Director is Idaho's only residency trained optometrist in vision therapy and neuro-optometry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  His residency at University of California, Berkeley means he has the expertise and experience to treat even the most complex cases.

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