For more than 25 years, patients from Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Mountain Home, Eastern Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah have come to the experts at Advanced Vision Therapy Center.
The team at Advanced Vision Therapy Center helps individuals with binocular vision dysfunction. The most common complaints of those with binocular vision dysfunction are: eye tracking difficulties, eye focusing difficulties, reading challenges, and vision-related learning deficits. These vision deficits typically manifest as headaches, eye strain, or eye fatigue during reading or other near activities. Words can come in and out of focus on the page, will appear to move on the page, or may even become double. For others, blurry vision occurs when they look from the board back to their notes. This, along with eye tracking difficulties, will make taking notes in class extremely difficult. If you suspect that someone you know is experiencing binocular vision dysfunction, you should look for the following signs and symptoms
- Eyes feel tired, uncomfortable, hurt, sore when reading or doing close work
- Headaches when reading or doing close work
- Fatigue when reading or doing close work
- Trouble remembering what has been read
- Double vision (even temporarily)
- Words appear to move, jump, swim, or float on the page
- Words become blurry when reading
- Frequently loses place, skips lines, or re-reads lines while reading
The above symptoms are all evidence that your child may have a binocular vision condition called convergence insufficiency. Reasearch has shown vision therapy to be the best treatment for convergence insufficiency.
Advanced Vision Therapy also helps kids who have learning challenges related to undiagnosed vision conditions. While vision may not cause learning disabilities, may children who struggle in school and have been labeled as ADD, ADHD, or non-verbal learning disabled actually have an undiagnosed vision problem that mimics many of the characteristics of the conditions just listed. Every child should have a comprehensive eye examination with a pediatric optometrist prior to entering school. Children who are struggling in school should have a binocular vision assessment by an optometrist residency trained in binocular vision, neuro-optometry, and vision therapy. Some of the signs and symptoms that warrant a binocular vision evaluation at Advanced Vision Therapy Center include:
- Works harder than other students for the same results
- Takes longer to finish tasks than classmates
- Difficulty listening and taking notes at the same time
- Difficulty re-telling what has just been read or said
- Omits, inserts, or re-reads letters/words
- Difficulty copying from the board
- Difficulty following multiple step directions
- Slow processing speed
- Temper flare-ups
- Short attention span
- Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye
- Frequent eye squinting or rubbing
Advanced Vision Therapy Center also helps those who have experienced an acquired brain injury. Whether due to trauma, stroke, or another type of event, damage to the brain can have drastic effects on the visual system. Our clinical director, Dr. Ryan Johnson, is Idaho’s only optometrist residency-training in neuro-optometry. If you have suffered an acquired brain injury, you should have a neuro-optometric assessment with Dr. Johnson. Many of the visual effects of acquired brain injury are treatable thanks to neuroplasticity, which allows people of any age to improve.
The experts at Advanced Vision Therapy Center also understand the importance of vision during athletic competition. For this reason, they offer sports vision therapy as a method for athletes of any ability level to enhance their visual system. The visual demands of each sport are very different, and for this reason every athlete should start with an athlete vision assessment that will take into account the visual demands specific to your sport. Following the assessment, our team will make recommendations regarding the most appropriate eyewear, contact lens prescription, or design a vision therapy program to enhance your visual skills, visual perceptual skills, and visual processing speed.