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Answers to the Most Common Vision Therapy Questions

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At Coleman Vision, we have been providing vision therapy to the people and families of the 4 states for over 25 years. Even though we've been doing this for such a long time, many people still have questions about vision therapy. Here are the answers to the most common vision therapy question we still hear.

What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the eyes. It's an individualized treatment program designed to correct visual deficiencies caused by stress, inadequate sensorimotor development, or trauma to the nervous system, all of which interfere with the ability of the brain to efficiently use the visual system.
Vision therapy teaches the brain how to use the eyes effectively to gather information, understand it quickly and react to it appropriately. A vision therapy program typically includes the use of special lenses, prisms or filters, in association with procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control eye alignment, eye movements, focusing ability and eye teamwork. High levels of visual-motor efficiency and endurance are developed during carefully monitored therapy sessions. The skills are brought together and become automatic by repetition and integration with motor and cognitive skills.

What is the difference between eyesight and vision?
Eyesight is the physical process of detecting patterns of light and contrast with the eye. It is the ability to see small objects at a given distance clearly. The accepted measurement is 20/20 visual acuity.
Vision is the learned process that allows the brain to efficiently gather and use the information that is seen through the eyes. Vision provides the brain with an efficient channel for monitoring our attempts to move through, or change the environment. Vision includes skills such as eye tracking, eye teaming, focusing and perceptual learning relationships.

Who can benefit from vision therapy?
Children and Adults who have visual problems that interfere with reading, learning, understanding, and attention. Neuro-visual deficits can use cause eyestrain, headaches, blurred or double vision, reading problems and attention difficulties. Even intelligent, highly motivated people can be severely handicapped by these problems in the academic or work environment. Correcting these deficits allows affected people to benefit from academic remediation and to achieve their full potential in the classroom and workplace.

**What are the most common signs of vision related learning problems?
-Dislike or avoidance of reading and other close work.
-Loss of place while reading or copying.
-Trouble finishing assignments in the allotted time.
-Omitting or misreading words or letters.
-Easily distracted or quick loss of attention.
-Blurred, double or unstable vision.
-Headaches, eye strain or visual fatigue associated with reading or other close work.
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At Coleman Vision we are focused on educating our clients about the deep connection between the brain and vision. Learning disabilities, dyslexia, behavioral issues and so much more have a root in an undiagnosed vision problem that may be dramatically improved with vision therapy. Contact our office today to schedule an evaluation.