Scientific Approach - Vision Therapy

A Scientific Approach: Why Vision Therapy is so Effective

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

When a problem develops with the muscular structure in the body, it is common for physical therapy to be used to treat the problem and bring strength and flexibility back into the body again. These same principles can be used for the eyes as well, by implementing certain visual activities that are designed to strengthen visual skills and “teach” the visual system new patterns and habits.

Why Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is more than just a few eye exercises. This treatment is based on scientific evidence that shows the best way to improve visual skills and correct vision problems. Instead of turning to surgical methods to alter the anatomy of the eye or corrective lenses that compensate for visual problems, vision therapy achieves the visual correction by changing the way the eyes work.

There are certain visual problems that can’t be corrected with contact lenses or glasses, but vision therapy can be a great alternative to consider. Each patient receives a customized vision therapy program that utilizes computerized and non-computerized visual instruments to assist with visual activities.

Changing the Neuroplasticity of the Brain

Good vision works because of two main elements: the function of the eyes and the way the eyes communicate with the brain. Many people thought that it wasn’t possible to change the connection between the human brain and the eyes. But, studies have shown that neuroplasticity in the brain can impact the structure and response of the brain. These changes alter the response that happens when a person comes in contact with external stimuli.

Eye doctors now understand that neuroplasticity is largely developed in the earlier years of life. But, certain methods and techniques can be used to change neuroplasticity at any point in life. Vision Therapy, and other similar types of treatment methods, actually change the gray matter volume within the brain. As a result, Vision Therapy exercises can change both function and brain structure to overcome vision problems.

Talking with an Experienced Eye Doctor

Vision Therapy is an effective method that can be used to overcome a long list of vision problems, and an experienced eye doctor can help you determine if this treatment is right for you. To learn more about the benefits of Vision Therapy, call to schedule an appointment at our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.


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