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What is Visual Therapy?

Optometric visual therapy is a series of programmed activities undertaken to improve either poorly developed visual, visual motor or visual perceptual skills, or procedures to further enhance the present visual skills to a higher level of efficiency and / or stamina.

Because visual skills such as tracking lines of text, coordinating the eyes and focusing on close objects must be learned during development, these skills can also be improved later in life at any age.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning at school, but school vision screenings can miss up to half of these problems. Convergence issues arise when the eyes become tired from over use (for example using and Ipad too long).  A comprehensive eye test with a Behavioural Optometrist checks all aspects of eye health, vision, and visual skills, and can ensure you or your child is not struggling unnecessarily with an un-diagnosed vision problem.

Interested to know more? Call or book an appointment and speak to one of our visual therapy experts.

https://www.acbo.org.au/for-patients/about-vision/147-eye-skill-activities

Common problems

 

  • Eye turn (strabismus)
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)
  • Poorly sustained near focus, inadequate eye-hand coordination
  • Poor eye movement or eye focussing skills (fine visual motor therapy)
  • In traumatic brain injury (accident and stroke)

 

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