If someone has “20/20” vision, can they still have trouble seeing?
The answer is YES! “20/20” vision only defines the ability to see a stationary letter at a far distance, not how well the eyes function while tracking words in a book or a ball thrown in the air. Because 80% of all learning occurs through vision, it is essential that the eye muscles are working at their maximum potential to keep up with the high demands of academics, athletics, and employment in today’s world.
What are some visual issues that can be improved or corrected by Vision Therapy?
- Inability to focus or sustain focus for prolonged periods of time
- Eyes not working together as a team
- Amblyopia or &lazy& eye
- Eye turn
- Double vision
- Inaccurate depth perception
- Poor visual memory and visual processing
What is Vision Therapy?
Since vision is a learned skill it is trainable. Using lenses, prisms, filters, and specialized equipment, Vision Therapy improves eye coordination, focusing, tracking skills, and how the brain controls the eye muscles and processes the information that is seen. It helps eliminate visual stress to make learning and work less tiring.
Our Vision Therapy program is individualized to fit the specific needs of each patient. Depending upon the diagnoses the length of the program will vary from a few months to years. Vision exercises are worked on during 45 minute in-office therapy sessions that are done by a Vision Therapist and under the direction of a Doctor of Optometry. Supplemental “homework” is also recommended between sessions.
What symptoms of visual problems can be improved by Vision Therapy?
- Headaches or eyestrain when doing near point and computer work
- Squinting or frowning
- Losing one’s place while reading
- Using a finger or a bookmark to keep one’s place while reading
- Skipping or re-reading words
- Reversing letters, numbers, or words
- Closing or covering an eye
- Head turn or tilt
- Fatigue after short periods of near point work
- Double or blurred vision with near work
- Eye turn inward or outward
- Poor reading comprehension and rete
- Poor concentration with near point work
Will my insurance cover Vision Therapy?
We accept Medicaid and most major medical plans, however every insurance plan is different. Some major medical plans do cover vision therapy services. Moses Eyecare will be happy to work as your advocate and look into your individual plan for you. If your current medical insurance plan says they will cover the vision therapy sessions, we will file for you at each of these sessions. Any insurance claims that are rejected or not paid in full are the responsibility of the patient.
What is the first step?
Scheduling a complete vision examination and binocular evaluation with Dr. Jennifer Johnson or Dr. Justin Kucsera is the first step if you suspect a visual issue.