Phoenix Vision Therapy
Vision therapy is a broad term used to refer to the progressive programs of vision exercises that are used to correct convergence disorder.
Convergence disorder is a neuromuscular anomaly of the binocular vision system; binocular vision refers to the ability of a person-or any animal for that matter- to use both eyes to perceive a single three-dimensional image of its surroundings.
Consequently, the usual manifestation of a convergence disorder (or convergence inefficiency) is a reduced ability of the eyes to function together in sync.
Inasmuch as visual therapy typically involves many eye exercises, visual therapy goes beyond just visual exercises. There are many other things involved.
Ophthalmologists are eye doctors that specialize in the treatment of patients with disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision and eye movements. They will use specialized instruments.
These may include lenses, prisms, filters, occluders- a small disc to test visual acuity, and computer programs during therapy. In addition, visual therapy programs may last anywhere between a few weeks to several years with intermittent monitoring by the doctor involved.
The following are some of the things that Phoenix vision therapy seeks to achieve.
Improve Visual Skills and Abilities
Visual acuity is usually reduced in individuals with convergence problems such as strabismus. In Phoenix vision therapy, we seek to improve the visual skill and abilities of such individuals
Improve Visual Ease and Efficiency
Have you ever seen an albino or a shortsighted person read? If you have, you will notice how close they need to get to the material before they can read it properly. This is neither easy nor efficient. Phoenix vision therapy seeks to improve ease and efficiency.
Improve How a Patient Processes and Interprets Information
Reading is a visual function. Even though you need to understand what you read, you still need to be able to see the text in order to process it.
People with convergence disorder generally tend to have problems reading and focusing on other objects. As a result, the rate at which they process information is reduced. Visual therapy can drastically improve the visual perceptions of such individuals.
Good vision is one of those things that add to the quality of our lives. Take good care of your eyes!