Not Just "Eye Exercises"
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of Optometric Vision Therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong. Instead, Vision Therapy aims to retrain the learned aspects of vision through the recently-understood concept of neuroplasticity. Optometric Vision Therapy should not be confused with any self-directed program of eye exercises which is or has been marketed to the public. Optometric vision therapy is supported by ongoing evidence-based scientific research.
Optometric Vision Therapy is supervised by vision care professionals and may include a variety of specialized tools and medical equipment.
- Therapeutic lenses
- Occluders or patches
- Electronic targets with timing mechanisms
- Balance boards
Optometric Vision Therapy is:
- A progressive program of vision procedures
- Performed under doctor supervision
- Individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient
- Generally conducted in-office, in once or twice weekly sessions of 30 minutes to an hour
- Occasionally supplemented with procedures done at home between office visits
Depending on the case, the procedures are prescribed to:
- Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
- Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
- Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information
A Patient's Guide to Insurance Coverage for Vision Therapy
Learn more about getting vision therapy covered through your insurance.
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