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Myths & Misconceptions About Our Eyes & Visual Development

MYTH #6:   Surgery Is The Only Answer If Someone Has A Crossed Eye

Unfortunately, people think that eye surgery will correct an eye that turns in or out.  In fact, those who have had eye surgery in order to “correct” a crossed eye, often need additional surgeries because the eye turn often returns.

A better option would be to see a doctor who offers Vision Therapy to treat an eye that turns in or out.  Many people are not aware that Vision Therapy is an option.

The intent of surgery is that the eyes appear to others as though they are pointing straight.  Eye muscle surgery usually does not solve the problem because it is the brain that controls the eye muscles, and surgery on the eye muscles does not change the brain.  Vision Therapy addresses the underlying problem and enables the individual to learn how to use their eyes together. It often eliminates the need for surgery. Vision Therapy can even help those that have had poor outcomes after surgery.  

In those cases that surgery is needed after Vision Therapy, the brain is then prepared and it sets the stage for surgery to be successful, and for the eyes to remain aligned after the surgery.  VISION THERAPY IS THE ONLY TREATMENT APPROACH THAT ADDRESSES BOTH ALIGNMENT AND RETRAINING & EDUCATING THE BRAIN.  To eliminate an eye turn permanently, we must not only align the eyes, but we must re-educate the brain to use the two eyes as a team.

If you have one or more of the problems mentioned above, then call us to schedule an appointment.

Vision Therapy corrects vision problems that affect work, learning, and sports performance.  It can make your WORK or schoolwork more comfortable and efficient.

It can make your life better.

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MYTH #5: Vision Therapy Is Only For Children

Many adults with vision problems have learned to live with their vision difficulties and have been told that nothing can be done.  Their doctors may not have identified the problems and may not know there are answers to them. A developmental optometrist has the skills and technology to help adults as well as children, through Vision Therapy.

Vision Therapy can help adults who have one eye that turns in or out (strabismus).  It can help adults with lazy eye (amblyopia).

Vision Therapy can relieve the symptoms of computer vision syndrome, a problem that's becoming increasingly more common.  We spend hours focusing on a computer screen, texting, or watching videos on a tablet. Focusing on digital screens makes some people feel tired and irritable.  They have blurry vision, eye strain, dry eye, fatigue, headaches, or neck aches. If someone has an underlying vision issue, such as an eye teaming or focusing problem, then working on a computer can become even more difficult. Vision Therapy offers a way to solve these problems.

Vision Therapy corrects vision problems that affect work, learning, and sports performance.  It can make your work more comfortable and efficient. It can make your life better.

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Myth #4: Therapy Can’t Help Athletic Performance

Vision plays an important role in the ability to succeed in sports. It's impossible to catch a ball or throw it accurately if you have poor eye/hand coordination, peripheral awareness, or tracking. Most professional sports teams; football, baseball, soccer, hockey, etc. have developmental optometrists on their “team” to help athletes become more successful. Vision affects all athletes and not just professional players.  Child athletes can benefit from better visual skills to help them hit a baseball, catch a football, or control their vision to be able to play better in every sport. Being better in sports can help improve a child’s self-esteem.

Vision Therapy corrects the vision problems that affect learning.  School and learning is then easier and more fun for your child.

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MYTH #3: Can’t I Just Do Eye Exercises At Home?  Why Do I Need Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is much more than an eye exercise program.  Developmental Optometrists are experts that can guide the program.  They help people correct issues that affect eye teaming, eye tracking, visual memory, hand/eye coordination, dynamic acuity, peripheral awareness, and visual discrimination.  Developmental Optometrists that are Board Certified are specially trained and uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat vision problems including strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye).  Vision Therapy involves the use of prisms, lenses, filters, and activities designed to improve and enhance the brain/eye connection. Activities are age-appropriate and designed to be fun for children.

Vision Therapy corrects the vision problems that affect learning.  School and learning is then easier and more fun for your child.

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MYTH #2: Vision Can’t Be Improved

Many people, even pediatricians, and some eye surgeons think that vision cannot be improved. That is incorrect. Although we may think that eyeglasses can solve all vision problems, in fact, they can’t. Vision Therapy corrects vision problems that eyeglass and contact lenses can’t treat.

Vision Therapy helps people correct convergence insufficiency, a problem that occurs when the eyes do not accurately aim at an object near, such as reading or computer distance.  Convergence insufficiency causes reading and concentration problems, headaches, motion sickness, and double vision. Patients with convergence insufficiency often have trouble tracking objects and using their side (peripheral) vision.  It can interfere with their participation in sports and athletic performance.

Studies have shown that people who have had office-based vision therapy combined with home reinforcement have significant improvement within 12 weeks of therapy.

Vision Therapy corrects the vision problems that affect learning.  School and learning is then easier and more fun for your child.

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MYTH #1: Eyeglasses Solve All Vision Problems

Although we think eyeglasses solve all vision problems, in fact, they do not. The ability to clearly read an eye chart at a distance is just a small part of a good vision. That is called Visual Acuity.

Vision is a combined effort of

  1. How our eyes see and take in information
  2. How we move our eyes across a page and how they work as a team.
  3. How our brain makes sense of that information.

We really see in our brain and not in our eyes.

Those 3 must work together to make sure we can use our vision effectively. If the eyes don't function well as a team, or if someone has a poor visual memory, then reading and concentrating is difficult.

Eye allergies, glaucoma, serious eye disease, a piece of metal in the eye - eyeglasses wouldn't remedy those.

Often, problems we assume are learning disabilities or behavioral problems, are actually caused by problems in visual processing.

If someone speaks a foreign language, i can hear them, but i may not be able to make sense of what they are saying.

The point is that someone may be able to see and identify a letter, but not be able to make sense of a word or phrase.  They may have a problem in bringing visual information in, or they may have a problem in making sense of what they are seeing.

ADD / ADHD for example, often has a visual component. Children affected by visual processing disorders may have difficulty recognizing shapes and letters, have double vision, read slowly or find math difficult. Schoolwork will be harder if the connection between eye and brain isn’t developed.

Vision Therapy corrects the vision problems that affect learning.  School and learning is then easier and more fun for your child.

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