Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy In Joplin Missouri

Does your child lack focus, complain about vision problems, are you worried about their performance in school?

Do you suffer from vision or coordination problems that can’t be solved with eyeglasses or contact lenses?

If you are looking for non-surgical and effective treatment to correct vision problems and enhance coordination and learning, consider Vision Therapy with your eye doctors here at Coleman Vision in Joplin, Missouri.

Vision Therapy refers to wide range of progressive vision procedures using cutting-edge tools and methodologies that is based on the idea that vision is a learned skill that can be improved through proper training. Under close supervision with your optometrist, Dr. David Coleman or Dr. Jeff Coleman, you will receive the most up-to-date treatment, with cutting-edge tools and methodologies to treat your condition and improve your vision, learning, and quality of life.

What is Vision Therapy?

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Vision Therapy is all about the neurological understanding of the connection between vision and the brain in order to treat or enhance and/or correct vision difficulties, coordination, and learning. You can think of it as a kind of physical therapy that repairs or improves the way your eyes and brain interact. The process and treatment program is completely customized to the specific conditions and needs of the patient by our eye doctors.

Vision Therapy is highly effective, and is non-invasive. Depending on the circumstances, it either rehabilitates from surgery or replaces surgical solutions entirely.’

Watch as our students talk about their experiences with Vision Therapy.

What Does Vision Therapy Treat?

Vision Therapy can be used to treat the following conditions for both adults and children:

  • Binocular Vision and Vision Alignment issues including:
    • Strabismus (“cross-eyed”, often as either esotropia or exotropia)
    • Diplopia (double vision)
    • Amblyopia (“lazy eye”)
  • Accommodative Dysfunction or Disorders
  • Depth Awareness or constricted visual fields
  • Retained Reflexes
  • Convergence Insufficiency (eye strain and/or diplopia when trying to sustain focus for reading or working)
  • Reading and learning disabilities
  • Asthenopia
  • Neuro-visual Rehabilitation (e.g. after surgery or brain trauma due to strokes, Traumatic Brain Injury, etc.)
  • Vision and coordination issues arising from Developmental Disabilities or Trauma
  • Poor motor-skills and coordination
  • Myopia

The techniques of Vision Therapy can also be applied to train the eyes and brain for better hand-eye coordination, focus, and fine-motor skills.

Children, Learning Disorders, and Vision

Vision issues can cause significant behavioural and learning challenges for children. Often, these challenges manifest in ways that are often confused with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, reading problems, and poor focus.

This can result in misdiagnosis. If children exhibiting these symptoms receive a negative diagnosis, this leave parents feeling helpless and uncertain.

A Neuro-Visual Performance Analysis can ascertain whether a vision problem is at the root of these problems, and can determine the next steps to improve the situation.

Strabismus, Diplopia, and Amblyopia

These conditions distort the way other people perceive the person who suffers from them. The way our eyes work is a huge part of non-verbal human interaction and people sadly find that someone with strabismus or amblyopia to be disturbing. It distorts the way people read your attention, focus, and intentions. This causes severe social problems that are devastating to the success and happiness of adults and children alike. These conditions were traditionally treated with surgery or corrective patches which are nearly as socially problematic as the condition itself.

Vision Therapy provides effective treatment for these conditions without resorting to patches. The methods of VT often avoids surgery as well.

Developmental Disabilities, Trauma, and Vision

Anyone who has had to deal with a Traumatic Brain Injury, brain surgery, or has a developmental disabilities or autism knows the frustration and anguish created by the the cognitive and motor challenges that come along with it. Coordination and motor problems can be significantly improved with Vision Therapy. Our eye doctors will work with the patient to “relearn” how to use visual inputs to more accurately and effectively perceive and interact with the world.

Vision Therapy can be used to improve or regain visual and motor acuity.

Our Joplin Missouri Vision Therapy Practice

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Dr. David Colman and his son, Dr. Jeff Coleman, are part of a family tradition to provide exceptional eye care that spans three generations. In addition to excellent general eye care, Coleman Vision Center offers specialized expertise in Vision Therapy, in order to provide the latest advances in eye treatment to their patients in Joplin, Missouri as well as the wider surrounding areas.

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Adults and Vision Therapy

All too often, people assume that the "retraining" of Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation and Vision Therapy is applicable to children only. However, this is not the case. While it used to be thought that neuro-plasticity, or the ability for the brain to learn and change, existed only in children, we now know that neuro-plasticity remains throughout our lives.

This means that Adults can also receive the benefits of Vision Therapy with a proven high-degree of effectiveness.

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Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation

There's much more to vision than seeing 20/20. If you suffer from eye-turns, lazy eye, or have poor focus or perception, the Neuro-visual rehabilitation of Visual Therapy can offer proven, significant improvement.

It works because the interaction and cooperation between vision and the brain is crucial to the way we use vision to effectively interact with our surroundings. Most importantly, the way we learn is directly correlated to how effectively our brains and eyes interact.

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Sports Vision and Vision Training

Athletes, dancers, gymnasts, and anyone else who wants to improve their physical performance and gain a competitive edge should consider the benefits of Vision Training. The techniques of Vision Therapy can be applied to individuals seeking to enhance the neuro-cognitive functioning that governs balance, hand-eye coordination, agility, and general sport performance.

Read more on how we can help you "Up Your Game" with Vision Training.

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Vivid Vision: Vision Therapy through Virtual Reality

Want to use virtual reality and receive your Visual Therapy right at home?

One of the most advanced components of our Vision Therapy services uses virtual reality to treat binocular vision and alignment problems. For neuro-visual rehabilitation, the patient needs to be as mentally engaged with the treatment as possible. That is why we use the Oculus Rift system to provide gaming and fun visual activities which provide the patient with corrective stimulation. These activities help the brain relearn and retrain focus while improving clarity and cognitive interpretation of visual inputs.

The best part of Vivid Vision for those that live further away, is that much of the treatment can be done remotely and in the comfort of your own home with minimal visits to our practice

Our Joplin Missouri Vision Therapy Practice

Light Therapy

There are vision conditions and mood problems that can be successfully treated using specific wavelengths ― that is, different colors ― of light.

Our visual therapists are able to stimulate the biochemistry of the brain in order to treat a wide range of visual conditions, as well as emotional problems related to light, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Read more about how we use optometric phototherapy as part of our Vision Therapy practice.

Retained Reflexes

If you or your child suffer from poor physical ability, or posture, it could be a case of retained primitive reflexes. This condition occurs when the basic infant reflexes present in infancy remain neurologically present past infancy. This causes the following problems:

  • Problems with visual perception and spatial awareness
  • Poor balance and motion sickness
  • Dislike of sports, movement, and walking problems
  • Poor posture
  • Diminished physical and learning capabilities

Vision Therapy Success Stories

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Our Vision Therapy graduates share their experiences with vision therapy. Watch them speak about their goals and accomplishments. From young children to retirees vision therapy transforms all who undergo the program.

  • We are a leader in diagnosis and treatment of visual disorders & one of the largest and most experienced vision therapy and vision rehabilitation in the 4 States area.
  • Are you worried your child may have ADHD? Are you looking for potential alternative diagnosis's for ADHD? In many cases vision issues can be confused with ADHD.
  • An online dictionary of most commonly used Vision Therapy terms.
  • An effective and lasting non-surgical treatment which does not include constant patching, which can have a significant negative effect on a child’s self-esteem.
  • Something's not right, and your child is suffering. But Is it a Vision Problem, Dyslexia, ADD or ADHD?
  • Most school screenings check for visual acuity alone and do not screen for visual skills including tracking, focusing, eye teaming or perceptual skills.
  • Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system, but can be corrected with vision therapy.
  • The common myth that vision therapy is for children could not be further from the truth. A visual problem does not go away on its own, and many adults have difficulty reading, writing, and using a computer for extended periods of time due to issues which can be addressed with Vision Therapy.
  • Read about the outstanding benefits of Vision Training for athletes from many different sports, and especially for sports with rapid movements, the athletes who have undergone sports vision training have a significant advantage over their competition.
  • Learn about the amazing Vivid Vision Virtual Reality Vision Therapy games used in our vision therapy program.
  • Watch as our patients graduate from their vision therapy programs at our Joplin MO practice.
  • We offer several treatment options to help make it possible to receive your prescribed therapy services. There is always a step we can make to help move forward to better vision.