Our Specialists

At Advanced Vision Therapy Center you will find a team of experts dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision problems, visual perceptual deficiencies, working memory and processing speed deficits.  Through team collaboration, combining decades of experience with residency trained specialists, we have the expertise to treat even the most complex cases.  For individuals with binocular vision deficits, athletes who want to improve sports performance or patients with acquired brain injury, Advanced Vision Therapy provides individualized treatment programs, which include vision therapy and Interactive Metronome therapy.

Our Specialists

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.

Improvement Starts Here

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.

Read what our patients have to say.

  Vision therapy can be a bit unfamiliar to some people. We are going to begin this blog by discussing briefly when vision therapy is used. Many visual conditions can be effectively treated and managed with prescription glasses or contact lenses. However, for other visual conditions (convergence insufficiency, binocular vision dysfunction, etc) prescription glasses or contact lenses cannot correct the vision problem. It is in these cases that vision therapy may be prescribed.   ... Read More
  Many people are unaware of the differences between an optometrist, a neuro-optometrist, and a behavioral or developmental optometrist. Sure, they sound alike but the services they provide are quite different. And if you, or someone you know, has a vision problem that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses this blog is for you.   ... Read More
  At Advanced Vision Therapy Center our results speak for themselves. Jonah, however, wanted to share his story with you. We invite you to watch this short video to learn more about Jonah's experience and success.   ... Read More
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  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a term used within the medical community to describe an injury to the brain which is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. Traumatic Brain Injury can be result from a blow to the head, whiplash, seizure disorders, tumors, stroke, toxic exposure, or infectious diseases to name a few. The incidence of prevalence of brain injury outnumbers breast cancer, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDs combined.   ... Read More
  Many people have heard of vision therapy, but don't know a lot about it. As with any type of therapy, the effectiveness of the program is dependent upon several factors. It is advisable to ask questions and do your homework. Vision therapy programs vary greatly from provider to provider.   ... Read More
  Everyday in our schools students are presented with information that they are required to look at, interpret, and process that information. For years it was believed that the eyes had nothing to do with learning. That is definitely not the case. Did you know it is estimated that 80% of what we learn is through visual information?     ... Read More
  Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common eye-teaming problem which occurs when the eyes are unable to maintain the ocular posture necessary for reading or near tasks. Convergence Insufficiency results from misalignment of the eyes when focusing on up close, such as when reading. The eyes have a strong tendency to drift outward when reading or doing close up work. The exact cause is unknown.    ... Read More
  After this abnormally tedious Boise winter, we are all ready to get outside and play in the sun! Hold on though, before you rush outside, have you taken the necessary precautions to protect yourself for ultraviolet rays? There are three types of ultraviolet rays, these wavelengths are not visible to the human eye and are shorter than violet wavelengths of light.    ... Read More
  Whether you are playing sports as a hobby or competitively there is a lot to consider. Are you using proper form? Is your equipment up to date? Are you warmed up? Are you wearing the appropriate safety gear? Is your opponent looking bigger and stronger than last time? Seriously, did he grow six inches? Whatever your thought process or preparation is you may be missing a key step. Are you wearing your protective eye-wear?   ... Read More
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7960 W. Rifleman Street, #155
Boise , Idaho , 83704 USA
Phone:  208-377-1310
Fax:  208-321-1952