Checklist: Is Vision Therapy Right for You?
Do you know the difference between sight and vision? Sight is how clearly we see objects, like road signs and books. When objects become blurry, it is typically time to have your sight (or acuity) checked at the doctor’s office to update your eyeglass prescription. Vision, on the other hand, involves how the eyes work with the brain and how the brain interprets what we see. Eighty percent of what we learn is processed through our visual system.
What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a rehabilitation program that can restore the lost sense of vision caused by a neurological injury. The program is not intended for people with low vision, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. People who may benefit from vision therapy include those with the following neurological conditions:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Autism and sensory processing disorders
- Vestibular and balance disorders
At Good Shepherd, a neuro-optometrist evaluates visual deficits and develops a personalized plan of care that is updated monthly. Patients then work with specially trained occupational and physical therapists using computerized 3-D programs, touch screens, special lenses and prisms and balance equipment.
Are you are a candidate for vision rehab? Below is a checklist to help you decide:
- Do you have double vision?
- Do you feel clumsy when walking or lose your balance frequently?
- Is it hard for you to see things in your far right or left field of vision?
- Do you have blurred vision when trying to read or use the computer?
- Do you get car sickness or motion sickness?
- Do you skip lines when reading or do the words jump around the page?
- Do you have a tendency to knock things over or experience clumsiness with your hands?
- Do you have an inability to estimate distances accurately or feel like you are moving too fast in the car?
- Is it overwhelming to be in a busy environment such as a mall or grocery store?
- Do you have a hard time knowing your right from your left?
The Vision Therapy Program at Good Shepherd can treat these symptoms and help you return to independence at home, school and/or work.
For more information, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or contact us online today.
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