Vision Therapy Specialist

Family Vision Care Center

Stephen E. Chase, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Torrance, CA

Vision therapy at Family Vision Care Center is a highly effective treatment for common vision problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, and double vision. It also makes a significant difference for children with visual problems that interfere with reading and learning. Dr. Stephen Chase has extensive experience developing a customized vision therapy program that addresses each child's visual needs. To learn more about vision therapy and whether it may help your child succeed, call the office in Torrance, California, or book a consultation online.

Vision Therapy Q & A

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is a progressive program of activities to improve visual skills. In the same way that physical therapy can retrain your body how to function after a stroke, vision therapy trains your visual system how to connect and properly interpret information.

Rather than thinking of vision as simply the act of seeing, consider the entire visual system — your eyes, brain, and visual pathways — and the many parts that work together.

Your eyes must accurately move, aim, and focus, while your nerves and brain have to integrate information from your eyes with input from other areas of your body. Visual therapy targets any steps in the visual process that aren’t working properly.

 

What conditions are treated with vision therapy?

Children who have trouble in the classroom may have a vision-related learning problem that will improve with vision therapy.

If your child is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you may want to consider an evaluation to rule out a visual processing disorder, because the two can share similar symptoms.

After a traumatic brain injury or concussion, patients often develop difficulties with eye movements, such as tracking and focusing. These problems are successfully treated with vision therapy.

Vision therapy is a very successful treatment for common eye conditions such as myopia, lazy eye, crossed eyes, and double vision.

Examples of other conditions that benefit from vision therapy include:

  • Ocular motor dysfunction: inability to control eye movement
  • Visual motor disorders: inability to use visual cues (sight) to guide body movement
  • Visual information processing disorders: difficulty making sense out of information taken in through your eyes
  • Binocular vision dysfunction: line of sight from one eye is out of alignment with the other eye

 

What are the symptoms of vision-related learning problems?

Although there are many possible symptoms, here are a few examples of how your child might behave and learning challenges they face due to vision-related learning problems:

  • Eye coordination problems: covers one eye, has poor reading comprehension
  • Eye focusing problems: has tired eyes, holds books close to eyes, has headaches when reading
  • Eye tracking problems: loses place or skips lines when reading, has short attention span
  • Faulty visual memory: poor speller, has trouble with math, can’t recall visually presented information
  • Faulty visual motor integration: sloppy handwriting and drawing, can respond orally but not in writing

 

What happens during vision therapy?

Vision therapy is always customized for each patient, so it’s best to talk to Dr. Chase to learn what your vision therapy might include. A few examples of tools that might be used to retrain your visual system include:

  • Computer-assisted visual activities
  • Therapeutic lenses and prism lenses
  • Balance boards
  • Visual-motor-sensory integration training devices
  • Visual instruments
  • Reading and tracking activities

 

To learn more about vision therapy, call Family Vision Care Center or book a consultation online.