If you are looking for vision therapy in Houston, Eye Site is here for you. Our Houston eye doctors use advanced testing to evaluate the entire visual system. This includes specialized testing to measure visual acuity, accuracy of eye movements and focusing, eye teaming, visual perception and visual information processing.
Who Needs Vision Therapy?
Patients who require vision therapy generally have the following visual challenges:
- Learning related visual problem: Conditions such as poor eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills can all negatively affect learning.
- Eye teaming problem: Convergence Insufficiency, Crossed eye (strabismus) or Lazy eye (amblyopia): Convergence Insufficiency, crossed eyes and/or lazy eyes can be treated with vision therapy instead of conventional surgery, glasses or patching. Vision therapy is very effective for these conditions at an early age, but can yield results for patients of any age. Vision therapy is not a good option for every patient. In some cases surgery may still be necessary.
- Visual rehabilitation: A neurological disorder or trauma can affect the visual system. This includes people who have traumatic brain injuries, strokes, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological ailments
- Sports vision improvement: Vision therapy can be used to improve reaction times, hand-eye coordination, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills.
An evaluation includes all or part of the following services:
Initial Eye Health Examination:
A comprehensive examination of the internal and external eye health, including refraction and optical prescription, if needed. Additional testing includes: color vision, peripheral vision and initial visual analysis of the functional visual abilities of eye tracking, focusing, eye teaming ability(strabismus, convergence) and depth perception.
Sensorimotor Evaluation With Visual Perceptual Testing:
The purpose of this testing is to determine the visual input skills, how the visual system processes information, how vision integrates with the other sense modalities, and to determine whether vision is supporting or interfering with performance to full potential. The sensorimotor evaluation should be scheduled on a different day than the initial eye health examination. Some of the areas that may be evaluated include:
• Visual Perceptual Skills: The ability to visually discriminate differences and similarities among forms such as in different orientations, sizes, or if embedded within other forms.
• Visual Laterality and Directionality: The ability to correctly determine left from right and understand spatial directional properties of individuals, objects and language symbols.
• Visual Memory: The ability to remember the characteristics of a given form after a brief presentation.
• Visual Sequential Memory: The ability to remember for immediate recall a series of forms in their specific order of presentation.
• Visual Motor Integration: The ability to take in, analyze, and reproduce visual information using paper and pencil.
• Spatial and Phonological Awareness Skills: The ability to listen to and look at information analytically and to recognize that the words heard and spatial patterns seen are organized sensory elements that are represented in reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic. Developmentally, information is organized spatially before it is learned to be processed verbally.
• Silent Word Reading Fluency: The ability to recognize printed words accurately and efficiently. Measured by the Visagraph which uses infrared sensors to monitor efficiency of eye movements while reading.
• Word Reading Efficiency: The ability to recognize and pronounce printed words accurately and fluently.
Report & Conference:
Upon completion of testing, a comprehensive report will be prepared including an individualized treatment plan. An in-depth conference with the doctor will then be scheduled to review diagnostic findings, prognosis and therapeutic recommendations. At this time the doctor will answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding the full evaluation or report.