A Behavioural Optometrist Uses Vision Therapy
Vision therapy — a type of physical therapy for the eyes and, most importantly, the brain — is a very effective way of treating many common visual disorders such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision and convergence insufficiency.
It is also an extremely effective way of dealing with children who are struggling from some reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, “it’s too late,” or “you’ll have to learn to live with it” have benefited from vision therapy, and now it is available on the Sunshine Coast through our office here at Eye CU Optometrists.
Vision Therapy and Learning Difficulties
I use vision therapy most commonly in the case of learning difficulties, and it is specifically directed toward resolving the sorts of visual problems which interfere with reading, writing, spelling, learning and educational instruction. Behavioural Optometrists do not claim that vision training is a direct treatment for learning disabilities, but I personally have achieved spectacular results in helping kids with learning problems using properly directed vision therapy.
So what is it? Firstly let me say that it is not a reading or spelling program. The aim of vision therapy is not to try and become tutors or teachers, but our aim is to enhance the educational work that tutors and teachers provide. We want to become the teacher’s best friend!
Children struggling to read and learn frequently have failed to develop the basic visual skills required to do these tasks. That’s where visual therapy comes in. While most children develop these skills naturally as they learn to read, children with learning difficulties failed to develop or under develop the skills, so it stands to reason that if we train the skills to be more effective we can increase their learning ability as well.
Vision Training is like an intensive for a child’s eyes and brain development, cramming years’ worth of skills and development into just a few months! Using special techniques which most often take the form of games, we can teach children with learning difficulties the skills they need to succeed in their school work. It takes a bit of effort, but because most of these therapies are games, we can supercharge a child’s development and cause a massive improvement in a there performance at school in just a few months.
And Isn’t This What We all Want to See?
I am also constantly revising, developing and inventing new, innovative therapies. That’s why our exclusive Vision Therapy program, available only here on the Sunshine Coast, is getting rave reviews from parents and teachers!
And Darin is not alone in suggesting that it is a powerful tool for helping children with learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Here’s a CNN Report on ADHD and Vision Therapy
What is involved in a Vision Therapy program?
It is —
* a program of vision “exercises” or procedures, done at home under Optometrist supervision;
* coordinated through the internet to allow gradual downloads rather than overwhelming at the start;
* generally based around games and fun things most children enjoy, to ensure compliance;
* Most often achieves significant results in 3-6 months, depending on the problem treated;
AND, Darin’s Exclusive Vision Therapy is only available at Eye CU, Your Sunshine Coast Behavioural Optometrists
And It Is Not Just Eye Exercises
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of Vision Training is NOT to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong! Vision Training is not to be confused with any self-directed program of eye exercises which is or has been marketed to the public. Our Visual Therapy has been totally designed and is supervised by Darin himself, and it targets the visual skills which are essential for reading, writing and spelling.
The first step in any program is a comprehensive vision examination. Having a regular eye check for your child at another optometrist is not the same, and given that we Bulk Bill, so the cost to you is FREE, why wouldn’t you come in to Eye CU, your Sunshine Coast Behavioural Optometrist, for a complete vision assessment for your child. Following this thorough evaluation, Darin can advise you as to whether our Vision Training Program would be appropriate treatment, or if special lenses and glasses are going to be helpful.