Our eyes are meant to work together, as a team. This is binocular vision. When binocular vision fails, performance may suffer in reading, sports, driving, depth perception, eye contact and other areas of life as well. Vision therapy provides patients with relief for this problem by helping to develop normal coordination and teamwork of the eyes.
Do your eyes work well as a team? Try these simple tests to find out.
The Eye Hop
This test helps to demonstrate the different angles of view of both eyes, will allowing you to determine whether your eyes see equally well. Try it here.
The Framing Game
In order to see 3D, your brain needs visual information from both eyes. If the view from one eye differs too much from the other, the two cannot be combined and the brain is forced to choose between them. By suppressing or turning off the visual information it cannot use, the brain rejects all or part of the information received from one eye. Playing this game will let you know if both of your eyes are turned on at the same time. Try it here.
Presley Achieves Success With Vision Therapy
Presley was diagnosed with Duane’s Syndrome, a condition that will not allow the eye to move outward. This condition can force the patient to move her head to see since the eyes will not turn outward. Other symptoms can include closing one eye to see properly, double vision, headaches, difficulty seeing objects on the side with the affected eye. Presley also had vertical eye misalignment. Eye misalignment can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, unsteadiness, drifting while walking, poor coordination, poor depth perception, head tilt, double vision, shadowed/overlapping vision and difficulty with reading & comprehension. Though Presley did not exhibit all of the above symptoms, her diagnosis warranted vision therapy to correct her vision.
After being properly diagnosed at Excel Institute, Presley’s mother and father were dedicated to bring her to vision therapy every week until she could use her eyes properly.
As a result of vision therapy, Presley’s mother reports that Presley is more aware of her surroundings and is better at self-direction. She likes school better and places a higher value on reading since her reading speed and comprehension have increased. Leisure reading is a common occurrence and has stretched into longer time spans. Homework is and studying is easier since Presley can understand what she reads in the text books. Vision therapy has helped to improve Presley’s handwriting as well.
All of these improvements are fantastic, however, the good news does not stop here. Her mother says she sees improvement in Presley’s posture and balance. Rhythm and timing is also better; Presley is less clumsy and more coordinated. A vision problem can actually make a child seem clumsy and awkward. Once their vision is corrected they are able to determine where objects are in time and space. This helps them with overall coordination and sports.
Presley’s positive gains from vision therapy will propel her onto further success in school and life. Wonderful work Presley! You completed your home therapy each week and now you and your whole family can enjoy the wonderful results they see in you. We are so happy for you!