Making a real difference in how you read, learn & perform in life
When it comes to vision, most people think that “visual acuity” – the clarity and accuracy of how the eyeball sees an image – is the whole picture. But visual function is a vitally important part of your overall vision performance.
Good vision is more than just good eyesight
Visual function is more than your eyes’ ability to capture a crisp image. The eyes must work together, point to the same point in space, focus together, move in unison, maintain upon still and moving targets, etc. These are visual skills, learned behaviors that are a normal part of our development. But they don’t always develop properly, which can have a dramatic impact on the lives of children and adults.
Deficiencies in visual skills can remain hidden
Visual skills develop step by step, one skill building on another. Some of these steps can be missed, leaving us to learn, read and perform other visually demanding tasks without adequate basic visual skills. A big part of the problem is that these deficiencies very often go unnoticed. People develop “work-around” behaviors or avoid tasks that are visually demanding, thereby diminishing their performance. Here are some signs that vision problems may be present:
- Seeing double
- Losing your place while reading
- Poor or slow reading ability
- Eyestrain, discomfort, headaches
- Short attention span
- Poor reading comprehension
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:
- Learning-Related Vision Problems
Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).
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- Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination
Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).
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- Convergence Insufficiency
This is a very common near vision disorder. Recent scientific research -- funded by the National Eye Institute and conducted at Mayo Clinic -- has proven that in-office Vision Therapy is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.
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- Amblyopia, Diplopia, and Strabismus
Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), and Stabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.) have higher cure rates using Vision Therapy programs compared to eye surgery, glasses, or patching. The earlier the patient recieves Vision Therapy the better, however, our office successfully treats patients well past 21 years of age.
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- Stress-Related Visual Problems
Blurred vision, visual stress from reading and computers, eye strain headaches, and/or vision-induced stomachaches or motion sickness. 21st century life demands more from our vision than ever before. Many children and adults constantly use their near vision at school, work and home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce blurred vision, eye strain, headaches, etc.
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- Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Birth Injury, Brain Damage, Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy, MS, etc. Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma (including double vision). Developmental Delays, Visual Perceptual Visual-Motor Deficits, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Autisms Spectrum Disorders also fall under Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs.
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- Sports Vision Improvement
Stron visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body what to do! We can measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral vision, eye focusing, eye tracking and teaming, visual skills, and more.
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Improve your performance with vision therapy
Vision therapy uses proven techniques to help you acquire visual skills. It consists of activities and therapies (including lenses and prisms) to restore visual function. Drs. Shamblin and Gregory have the specialized training to test for and detect vision problems and customize a program to improve eye movement disorders and visual information processing, mitigate turned or lazy eye, restore visual function following stroke or head trauma and resolve visual skills problems associated with learning difficulties. Their vision therapy can also help sports performance by improving an athlete's hand-eye coordination, depth perception, tracking ability, peripheral vision and balance.