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This is a common question that we hear when describing what it is that we do at the centre. To answer the question, we need to first begin by establishing what the term “vision” truly means. While 20/20, or visual clarity, has become ubiquitous when describing a perfectly functioning visual system, this is far from being the only important factor to assess. In fact, there are several other measurable and equally important factors (what we do) that must be functioning well if one is hoping to obtain or regain optimal visual performance and comfort. Assessment and treatment of these areas of visual function is what we do.
Whether the visual issue is developmental in nature (strabismus and amblyopia), academic (vision-related learning difficulties), acquired (brain injury or concussion) or sports-related (sports vision training), we are fully equipped at the centre to properly assess, advise and treat when indicated.
Vision is the dominant sense with which we aquire infomation from our world. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of all classroom-based learning is visual in nature. Inefficiencies in how we use our eyes or visual processing system can therefore contribute to a host of issues that arise in the classroom, in sports or in other areas of life. Reading skill, attention, balance, eye-turns, lazy eyes, and the visual sequelae following brain injury can all be improved by our non-invasive treatments. Giving the brain the necessary and directed opportunities to improve visual performance is the basis for all of the programs that we create.
Our initial evaluations are typically 75-90 minutes long, with the entire duration being spent directly with one of our doctors. Testing will cover a number of detailed aspects of visual function, which are described here. Following assessment, a report review session will be arranged during which we will discuss your findings with you and outline options for treatment.
Our Vision Therapy sessions are booked as 1 hour appointments and are always one-on-one. 50 minutes of the appointment will be dedicated to working through visual activities and exercises specifically chosen for you or your child. 10 minutes at the end of each session will be used to describe the homework that we will ask you to complete prior to your next appointment 1 week later. All necessary homework materials and devices will either be lent or provided from our office. You will not need to source any of the necessary products or tools elsewhere.
Program length will depend entirely on your particular diagnoses and findings at your initial Functional Vision Evaluation. Unfortunately, we cannot provide an estimate of program length without assessment. Typical programs at our office run between 10-30 in-office or online sessions.
This will depend on the particular visual condition that you or your child presents with. Some activities will be performed in free space and some will make use of the advanced computer-based programs and software that we possess here in office. Activities and direction will all be tailored to and based on each individual presenting case. Before leaving the office after each session, we will make sure that you understand the home recommendations completely and provide you with a detailed list of directions and instructions to use.
Vision Therapy is used to guide visual function and typically will permanently embed a more efficient way for one to processes visual information. We do however always recommend and provide the necessary tools for home maintenance after your program is complete.
Absolutely! Depending on the particular issue and distance involved, this is certainly an option. A Functional Visual Evaluation will need to first be performed in order to determine if this will be a suitable option for you or your child.
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We have seen such improvement with Jayke since starting therapy. Overall, his hand eye coordination has by far been the biggest improvement. His ability to focus for longer periods of time without getting headaches has also greatly improved.
School has become so much easier. I can stay focused and stay on topic. In sports, I feel that it's easier for me to make quick decisions and my movements are faster. It has helped so much with everything!
I've improved greatly with balance, sight and calmness in my central nervous system. I'm able to walk while looking up, read a book without a paper with a small window to read line by line, and my length on the computer is longer. I've developed more confidence with driving and the moving traffic around me. The staff here are very professional and compassionate. I've very satisfied and happy with my help and rehab.
Wow! Where to I start? When I arrived, I couldn’t tolerate anything being brought in toward my face. Nor could I move my eyes fully in a circle or use my peripheral vision. After my sessions with Rhonda, who provided amazing support and encouragement, I can now move from far to close vision very smoothly. I had no idea how bad my vision was until I got it back! I can now ski again and will ride my bike with my kids for the first time in a long time this summer. Thank you!! I’m also so glad to now be able to read and use the computer without getting a headache.
I’m noticing less blurriness and it is easier making adjustments when looking far away. Reading tolerance has improved from nothing, to 15-20 minutes. I feel that I can take more stress on my eyes – with less jumping and blurring – especially when rested on good days. So far, I am very pleased with this therapy.
I am able to read books now without a piece of paper with a long rectangle blocking out the page. I am now starting to find calmness with my vision. I can now turn and rotate without feeling dizzy and able to tolerate sunlight without sunglasses now. We are still working on some visual issues and I’m very much hoping to continue.
Vision Therapy has been so beneficial with my healing journey. Before the program, my eyes were not focusing together and now they are! I had lost the ability to concentrate and retain information that I was reading, which I am now able to do. I am only 7 weeks into therapy and am extremely happy with my progress. The homework is the key to my progress, as my job is computer work for 8-9 hours per day. I have more to go but am confident I will succeed. Without this therapy, I would not be where I am today.
I have much clearer vision now, no blurry vision anymore. Headaches have decreased significantly. My balance feels much better as my eyes can now focus comfortably on different points. My memory is also much sharper and I'm not getting nearly as much nausea. I'm now able to shift my eyes to different objects faster and comprehend without losing attention. Conversations also seem smoother, words are easier to find and l don't lose my thoughts before speaking the way I used to. No recommendations for improving your program. I'm very grateful for the knowledge and encouragement I have received.
I no longer feel the vibrating in my eyes with shaky vision that I started to feel after the mva. I still wear the glasses when needed and find that they are still quite helpful. I've noticed that the exercises are progressively getting easier to do and don't cause strain. I'm also no longer getting near the same number of headaches.
Before Vision Therapy, I could only go on the computer for 5-10 mins before I got a headache and couldn't scroll on my phone without getting dizzy. I am no longer getting dizzy and can now use the computer for 30+ minutes without a severe headache. I was not able to read for more than 5-10 minutes before, and now can read for an hour+. I used to see phantom motion from my left eye that would make me flitch, but do not notice that at all now. I was also very sensitive to bright lights when beginning but am now much less so.
I feel like I’ve improved in my ability to focus, converge/diverge and to do those things for much longer periods of time without getting tired
At the beginning of Vision Therapy, I was experiencing really bad headaches when reading or doing screen time (computer, phone, TV), along with nausea. I no longer experience the headaches and nausea. I am able to drive, even when it's snowing now without the onset of symptoms. I feel like I have my life back! I can even read a book now, which is something I love to do. I am now able to do screen time - watch a movie and shows on TV. I am just so impressed at how well this worked, as I was pretty skeptical at the beginning. It was difficult at first pushing through with symptoms surfacing, but as the weekly sessions progressed, so did I and my symptoms subsided. I am so thankful for this as I never thought I would be "normal" again!
I've noticed I am more aware of objects in my periphery and find it much easier to relax my eyes and track objects. I can also tolerate reading for longer periods of time than before.
Now my eyes don't jump around and between lines and I’m better at tracking down lines when needed. I’m also much better at moving down through a page while reading without losing my spot. Most important though, I have no more headaches!
I feel that that staff here and the program was wonderful. I would highly recommend Vision Therapy and this team to anyone.
I've noticed a huge difference in my ability to converge and diverge my eyes. This has allowed me to feel more confident while driving and I can drive faster and in more challenging terrain than before. My world also seems "more 3-D," rather than flat. I'm also not feeling "fuzzy eyed" in the morning anymore.
Driving longer distances is becoming a lot easier for me now and I’m not ending up with a major migraine after doing so. I am starting to be able to read novels again and am now able to watch a movie at the theatre again.
My new glasses are magic! They changed all from seeing double to seeing “normal”. The readers make it possible to read again - thank you! The therapy is fantastic and makes you aware how lucky we are, that all this work and help is there for us to get. I feel that you look different at the world and you see things again that were lost after the accident. The vision therapy and the homework is very hard work but is so worth it. It is really unbelievable what can and does get accomplished!
My vision has improved significantly. I find driving to be easier and I now feel I can see a panoramic view of what is in front of me now. I am able to be outside in the sun without my eyes and nervous system acting up. My face and eyes finally feel relaxed! It is just amazing to see my vision improving.
I'm now much better at keeping both of my eyes on targets without seeing double. I can keep items and words clear and see things much more easily without constantly having to adjust. I'm now able to do computer work for both pleasure and work and have been enabled to get back to full time at my job. You all did such a great job working with me, not aware of any areas for improvement
I can concentrate and study longer without headaches – and in general I am having much less frequent headaches. The vision exercises have become easier and are significantly less difficult and exhausting. I feel more like myself again, school grades are improving and my mental function feels better! No strain/fatigue when reading on paper, and only slightly straining when done on computer/phone. The glasses with the blue filter help a ton and I almost always use them when doing computer work.
Thanks to Vision Therapy, I feel my eyes are now working together which has really reduced my frustration. This has been a most enlightening experience. Thank you for all of your help and guidance
Vision Therapy was paramount in my recovery from numerous concussions over a number of years. The therapy was instrumental in helping me to regain quality of life by addressing my post trauma vision syndrome. I was an online patient so it was important that I trust the process and do the work daily. You must be willing to commit to therapy 100% to get the results you're looking for. Dr. Rollett and his team are amazing to work with and they do an excellent job of keeping you motivated and on track. I found the whole process to be interesting and challenging but overall extremely rewarding as I now have my vision back! I am thankful that my doctor recommended that I begin vision therapy early in my recovery as it was essential in helping to turn my life around. The results have completely exceeded my expectations. I am grateful for everything that Okanagan Vision therapy has done for me and results that they helped me to achieve!
I’m now seeing much more of the road while driving and using all 3 mirrors comfortably. My eyes feel less strained, eye movements feel a lot smoother and tracking is a lot easier. I can now comfortably wear my glasses, vision feel much less effortful and I am processing things much quicker
I work as a creative media specialist and so my vision is critical for the success of my work. Prior to starting Vision Therapy, I was having daily headaches and great difficulty with my balance and depth of field. As an experienced rock climber, this was also a very serious issue. Since working with Paul and Loreta, the changes in my situation have been incredible. The headaches are infrequent, my eyes are working together and my balance has finally returned! The changes in my vision not only have improved my ability to work, but my entire life in general.
I can now concentrate and study longer without headaches. In general, I have much less frequent headaches. Vision exercises became easier as time went on and are significantly less difficult and exhausting now. I feel more like myself, school grades are improving and mental function feels better! No strain/fatigue when reading on paper, and the glasses with the filter cutting blue light help a ton when on my computer or phone.
My eyes improved much more than I thought they would to be honest. I am noticing that my eyes are working on their own without the constant effort it used to require. I feel that much of the improvement is due to consistently following through with regular at home practice. I am now wearing much lower prism in my glasses and this reduction has occurred after only a few months.
I feel my confidence is significantly improved. Reading out loud or in front of others no longer gives me anxiety. The words are clear and the lines no longer float, double or move on the page! My headaches are down to a minimum which I was previously experiencing daily. Driving at night is less stressful and my depth perception is much better. I have very much enjoyed Vision Therapy. It is informative and challenging and seeing results has only made me want to keep improving. I will sincerely miss my sessions and all of you.
Vision Therapy has really helped me focus on general life and not have to deal with vision problems. In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to see for extended periods of time without straining myself and triggering unpleasant things. Seeing comfortably has now just become second nature again.
My close-up vision and focusing for periods of time while reading or on the laptop is greatly improved. Even looking at screens at a further distance is much better.
We have seen major gains in Cooper's reading. His reading level started at 33% and is now up to 75%! His ability to focus has grown immensely and he is now able to complete all of his classwork in the allotted time. Thank you!
I've noticed big improvements with math, swimming, reading, science and with overall focus
Blake's reading ability and reading speed has improved greatly with therapy. He can now see in 3D and can bring blurry vision easily into clear vision. No changes to your program needed, this was fantastic.
I have noticed a big difference in Cohen's reading skills. He rarely loses his place or gets frustrated while reading. I have also seen improvement while playing hockey, he seems to have much better control of the puck and is able to go after the puck more often with more success. In general, Cohen just seems to be much happier and more confident as well. Everyone at Okanagan Vision Therapy has been a pleasure to work with. Thank you for all you have done for my son
Marcus has improved greatly since starting Vision Therapy. He went from struggling to read to wanting to read all the time! We've seen numerous areas that this has helped him in tremendously and have noticed far less stress indicators when he tries to work hard on schoolwork. Everything has been great!
I feel that I can read, study and comprehend much better. My eyes are not hurting anymore. I also feel more confident in general. Thank you for everything, the people here were always nice.
Sebastien is much more willing to pick up a book and read now. I've really noticed a major change
This process has been a great experience for my son. His self confidence has improved, he’s feeling confident in school and has really enjoyed his therapist. Coming for 6 months was always Deegan’s highlight. Even though the work got tougher he always left here with a smile. Amir has done an amazing job with Deegan. Deegan was able to go to the beach and not wear his glasses and his eyes remained straight! As a mother my heart soared when I saw my son with straight eyes for the first time in 7 years. We appreciated the fast service when there were concerns and Dr. Rollett truly has a great approach with kids. Overall, this experience was amazing!
Since staring therapy my son has been able to better sustain and perceive patterns and words. His reading ability has dramatically improved and when he does copy work, he is better able to copy accurately without missing letters. Thank you for ALL you’ve done for him!
Miss Loreta was very kind to me and made me smile. I am able to see 3D pictures hidden and I can see much better from far away. I can understand what I’m reading better and my eyes have stopped hurting! (Note from parent): Thank you all for your kindness, hard work, flexibility and accommodation of our family’s needs. Most of all, thank you for your patience and kindness (yes, I said “kindness” twice because it’s been so integral for me). You are all great people and I am so grateful for everything you have done for us!
Miika has had fantastic improvement throughout the time spent with OVT. Rhonda was key to this improvement, she was honestly terrific. Kind, generous, patient, knowledgeable and always there for us. Thank you so much
“Riley's reading and writing skills have improved. He does not do letter reversals and he is able to keep his place while reading now. He really enjoys reading, and it's no longer a "chore" for him."
Reading and writing are both so much better! Almost no complaints of double vision anymore. We've seen a massive improvement in her focus and concentration and the teachers at school have really noticed a change as well. Things were really fantastic, thanks so much!
Lochlans's reading level and spelling has improved immensely during his time doing Vision Therapy. We've noticed that he gets far less headaches and is able to focus much better in class and while he is doing homework. We have been very happy with your services here and are really thankful for how much this has improved our son's vision.
We have noticed improvements in reading speed and fluency as well as writing speed and clarity of the actual writing itself. We also have noticed improvements in his gross motor skills - track and field has gone surprisingly well and running seems much smoother and more coordinated. Ben's depth perception with climbing and stairs has also greatly improved. Ben really enjoyed the sessions and all of the games you incorporated helped to make this process very fun!
Jackson's love for reading has improved 100%! I find his clarity for what he is reading has really improved as well. Thank you for everything! Jackson has enjoyed his time here and loved working with you all.
My son can now read without effort! He can focus, he can take his time and he can keep up to all of his classmates. His whole life has improved for the better! Everyone at Okanagan Vision Therapy is kind and great at helping achieve the goals that need to be met. What a great team!
We've noticed an improved ability for Corbin to pay attention in class, to stay focused. He's also showing improved ability to complete work, with less rushing through. Teachers have sent emails commenting on Corbin's improvement this year! I also started to notice improved eye contact when conversing with Corbin at around week 5, which makes having talks easier. Thank you for everything. You've all shown amazing care and flexibility when working with C.
I have definitely seen improvements in the length of time that I can read. I was only able to read for 5-10 minutes at a time and now am up to an hour and can actually remember what I read! It has really helped because I'm now able to get through books, which is something I enjoy. I have also been very impressed with the staff at this office and the sincere concern when dealing with my symptoms.
School work and note taking has improved immensely for me. It has become much easier to switch from screen to screen. I feel my eyes are much stronger and I find it much easier to converge and diverge them when needed. Thank you so much Dr. Rollett and Jamie!
We've noticed that Vision Therapy has really increased Sophie's ability to focus with schoolwork. She's also much better at remembering people's faces and is no longer falling and tripping the way she used to. She even now enjoys going out and throwing the ball with our dog, which is a huge change. We've also noticed improved penmanship and just greater confidence in her overall. Thank you for everything. No changes to your program necessary, everything was perfect!
I now no longer have headaches and have much improved concentration. My reading has improved immensely and I can now actually remember the story line. My memory overall has really improved and my skills on the computer have as well. Keep up the great work. You offer good follow-up and communication throughout the process and your therapists are great!
I can read for a much longer period of time (up to 2 hours now). I can use a computer without pain for a much longer period of time. I can now be in a grocery/other store for up to 15 minutes without with little to no pain (a huge gain for me). I can go out of the house for a few hours without being completely exhausted. I can also tolerate more interaction with people, noise and light. Your program is great - I just wish more GP's, insurance companies and the general public knew about this service!
"I feel like have improved a lot with my reading, writing and attention. People have been telling me that I'm now looking at them when I'm speaking or being spoken to. There really has been a huge improvement with almost everything that I do now. When I'm on the computer or reading and my eyes get a little sore, I just put my glasses on and it gets better. Almost nothing is going double on me anymore. In the past, I think I was just so used to seeing double that I had started to feel like it was normal. Everyone here is really doing a wonderful job and I really want to thank you for helping me. I think I'd put all of you on my favorite people list!"
“Vision Therapy has been extremely helpful for allowing me to work for much longer periods of time (now up to 8 hours). My ability to read without symptoms flaring up has greatly improved and my ability to hold words in place (when reading or on the computer) has improved so much as well. I feel that my eyes are now working significantly better together – words are clearer in general and I almost never see double anymore. All of the movement that I was seeing on the page before is now gone.”
"I feel like I have improved in so many areas as a result of Vision Therapy. I'm faster at reading and enjoy it much more. I'm able to remember what I read on previous days and don't need to reread sentences and paragraphs and pages multiple times. I'm also not falling asleep within 15 minutes of starting to read! I am also no longer getting annoyed with my eyes and never feel like I'm losing control of them the way I did before. This is such a big deal for me! I really can't think of any ways that you could improve your program. It was really great and I'm so happy with my improvement!"
"Taylor is so happy to realize the improvements that her sessions have had on her vision. It is now much easier for her to read and concentrate on her work at school. Her eyes no longer hurt! Vision Therapy has also made her feel far more confident overall (no small thing). The way you are providing care is very effective and we are so happy that our family eye doctor referred us to Dr. Rollett and Rhonda."
I've seen major improvements in my eye's ability to focus and team together and have learned how to make them work properly when they just wouldn't before. Thanks so much Dr. Rollett and Loreta!
I can finally read street signs at first glance and not have them go double on me! I really feel that overall my vision has strengthened a great deal.
Since starting the program, I haven't had a single headache. I'm now able to keep my head up and straight while reading and writing. The glasses and the therapy has really helped me when at school and I'm not nearly as fatigued after all the reading and writing that I've had to do in high school. I know I'll be much more prepared for university now!
I'm now able to easily control both of my eyes and stop my double vision if it occurs. I feel that I'm a much better multitasker now and have had a large decrease in the number of headaches that I get. My eyes are much less sore when reading for long periods of time - which is extremely helpful being in University.
Kailian's printing and handwriting have improved immensely. He also seems to be able to stay on task much more than he has ever been able to. His newfound willingness to try new things and tackle new problems at school as well as at home is what I am most impressed with!
The biggest change we've seen with Maia is that she is now an AVID reader. She won't go to bed at night because she can't put her books down! To go from being a child who disliked reading several months ago to this is incredible!
Aiden is now able to read comfortably for the first time! We have seen massive improvements in his school performance over the course of the 6 months of therapy and could not be more thankful for your program!
We've seen a huge improvement in Madeline's focus during Vision Therapy which has translated into so many areas of her life (ie: sports, school, etc). Another huge area of improvement since the beginning of Vision Therapy is her willingness to try activities. Whether this is new activities for vision or trying some new math homework at home (she never used to do this!). Thanks so much for everything!
When I began this program I was really struggling with not being able to concentrate while doing just about anything. Now, I am able to focus my eyes without feeling pulling or feeling any tension. I don't feel any pain in class anymore either. I am very thankful to everyone here for helping me so much with my eyes. Everything about your service was perfect to me and went very smoothly. Thank you!
The biggest change I've noticed is that my headaches have practically disappeared! I rarely see double anymore and the odd time I do, I can easily correct it. Thanks for everything!
My reading has really improved as a result of Vision Therapy and my writing has changed so much for the better. I am no longer writing or seeing double words, my printing is neater and I don't experience the headaches that prompted me to seek treatment in the first place. This was never promised or really even discussed when we started out, but I also generally feel that I can just "see" so much better overall. All my life I have struggled with my balance. Walking into corners, stumbling down stairs and not being able to catch anything that was thrown to me. I am absolutely amazed by how much I have improved in these areas after only 4 months of treatment. I feel so much more balanced, am no longer falling down stairs at all and have been able to confidently catch things for the first time. I always thought I was just naturally clumsy! Your service was just perfect and I am so thankful for all you have done for me!
I feel much more comfortable in school and am no longer getting my usual daily headaches.
I feel like my hand-eye coordination has greatly improved, as well as my ability to track and focus on objects in the distance.
I feel like my reading has gotten a lot better and am now able to catch a ball for the first time. I feel like I have much more control of my eyes and if I lose focus can just blink and it comes back.
After 3 sessions of Vision Therapy, I already feel that my driving has greatly improved. I can now comfortably drive for 1-2 hours, whereas before I was needing to pull over every 10-15 minutes. I also feel that my balance has improved greatly and as a surprise bonus, my comfort on the golf course is better than it has been in a decade – I’m actually keeping my balance through my swing! Thanks so much for everything!
Since performing Vision Therapy, Zachary has found reading to be easier and faster, he has improved his skills throwing and catching a ball and is generally nowhere near as “clumsy” as before.
Not knowing what to expect with Vision Therapy, and thinking this would be a long process to effect change, I was pleasantly surprised that I can see results myself in my little guy, with less wandering of the eye and both eyes “working as a team”. I am so grateful that we have access to such a wonderful program in our community.
I am now no longer seeing double, unless I want to ☺
I no longer experience daily dull migraine-like headaches and feel much more comfortable visually at work. My work requires a great deal of computer work and I find I can stay on task for much longer periods of time than before.
Dr. Rollett was great and very encouraging to my son. My son now has a positive response to reading.
I feel like my reading has gotten a lot better at school and think that other kids should definitely do Vision Therapy. I really liked the video games!
Vision Therapy has been helpful for improving my balance and for getting me to start feeling like I'm using my two eyes together again. My visual focus still occasionally blurs in and out, but not nearly as much as when I started.
My reading and balance have greatly improved as a result of Vision Therapy. I am finally able to drive once again! More doctors truly need to be made aware of this program.
While I do still intermittently experiences moments of double vision, I feel that I now have much greater control of my eyes. The constant frontal headaches and discomfort have reduced greatly. I used to have issues with shoulder checking in a vehicle and transitioning from looking far to my dash, but this is no longer a problem for me.
I have seen a difference in the fatigue I feel in my eyes and the extent that my symptoms come on has improved too. On a personal note, having the feedback and knowledge from Dr. Rollett has been very beneficial to me throughout this therapy for peace of mind in my recovery. Very helpful so far - thank you!
Since beginning Vision Therapy I have been able to tolerate reading and computer tasks for the first time. It has helped me gain control of my drifting right eye and both eyes now seem to be tracking well together.
I feel this program has been very useful to me. I am no longer seeing double, even when I remove my glasses. Thank you so much for all of your help.