WHAT IS NEURO-VISUAL REHABILITATION, OR VISION THERAPY?
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.
HOW DOES VISION THERAPY HELP?
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.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY INITIAL EVALUATION?
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.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY INITIAL EVALUATION?
- All current glasses and/or contact lens prescriptions
- A list of any medications
- Your BC Care Card
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A SESSION OF VISION THERAPY?
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.
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF VISION THERAPY WILL I NEED?
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.
WHAT SORT OF ACTIVITIES AND EXERCISES CAN I EXPECT?
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.
AFTER VISION THERAPY, AM I “CURED” OR IS THERE MAINTENANCE WORK I WILL NEED TO DO?
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.
CAN I PERFORM MY VISION THERAPY AT A DISTANCE?
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.