Why Do So Many Doubt Vision Therapy for Adults?
It is commonly believed that vision therapy is only effective for children. While it is true that developing physical skills is easier early in life, often times adults make perfect patients for ocular training. On average adults are more likely to take an interest in their health than children so they will be more motivated to improve. In addition, many people believe that ophthalmologists are the end all experts on eyes. However, this simply isn’t true. Usually an ophthalmologist won’t recommend vision therapy for adults because their field of study is disease and surgery. Optometrists are the leading experts on VT and many specialize in it, such as our doctors at Accent Eye Care.
How Can Vision Problems Affect Your Life?
Ask yourself this: “If I had to give up just one sense, what would it be?” Touch, taste, smell, hearing, or sight? Personally, I would choose taste (since most of our taste is actually determined by smell anyway.) But the real purpose of this question is to illustrate the importance of your eyesight. The overwhelming majority of a variety of online polls, from forums to educational authorities, reveal that sight is our most beloved sense. Only about 2-5% of participants say that they would give up sight over the other four senses.
Your vision is important. Even if it’s just a little blurry it can have a huge impact on your life. Your performance in class and on the field could be negatively impacted by a lack of focus and poor processing. It could affect your ability to read, watch television, drive, work, and much more. Take care of your eyes, because they are the only pair you’re going to get.
When Should You Begin Considering Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy has a wide range of benefits for all ages. It can treat everything from learning disabilities to brain trauma without the need for surgery. You should consider vision therapy if you are looking to:
- Improve cognitive skills
- Perform better in studies
- Manage the symptoms of ADD/ADHD
- Recover from recent brain trauma
- Strengthen your sports performance
There are also a number of ocular dysfunctions that vision therapy for adults can treat later in life such as strabismus, amblyopia, and even vertigo. If you are still curious about the benefits of vision therapy call our optometrists today at 602.547.3255 to find out if it’s right for you.