How Vision Therapy Can Increase Confidence
Trouble with your functional vision can prevent you from being as successful as you would like. Even though you wear glasses or have 20/20 vision, you can still have an underlying vision condition that may have a profound effect on your life. Luckily, vision therapy offers a simple way to boost your self-esteem and reduce headaches, blurred vision and other uncomfortable symptoms.
What is Vision Therapy?
Good vision requires a complex interaction between your brain, your eyes and the muscles that control your eyes. If there's a problem or obstacle at any point in the process, you may experience a variety of symptoms including:
- Fatigue after reading for a short time
- Blurred or double vision
- Eyestrain when reading for a long time or using digital screens
- Difficulty retaining what you've read or trouble paying attention
- Vertigo or motion sickness
- Poor depth perception
- Frequently losing your place when you read
- Irritated eyes
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Trouble judging distances
- Difficulty driving at night
Vision therapy improves the way your eyes, brain and muscles work together without medications or surgery. During therapy sessions, you'll participate in exercises, activities and games designed to improve and enhance your vision. Prisms, filters, lenses, light boards, balance boards and other aids may also be used. Each vision therapy plan is custom-designed to address your particular vision problems.
How Can Vision Therapy Help Me?
Do you read technical documents, emails and other business communications multiple times yet still have difficulty recalling key points? Your inability to retain the information you read may affect your confidence at work and your ability to progress in your career.
No matter what your qualifications, it can be hard to impress the boss if you can't remember the key points of a report or have difficulty learning new things. Many people assume that there's nothing they can do to improve their reading or retention skills, particularly if they've had lifelong problems. Fortunately, vision therapy is very effective in correcting vision problems that can make you feel less confident at work or school, such as:
Strabismus. In strabismus, the two eyes do not aim in the same direction. One may turn inward, outward, upward or downward relative to the other. Patients with strabismus may experience double vision. Often they learn to suppress or ignore visual information from an eye to avoid confusion. This condition interferes with depth perception, peripheral vision awareness, and eye-hand coordination. Often these patients struggle with clumsiness, balance, coordination, and ball-sports.
Binocular Vision Issues. Binocular vision problems occur when the eyes don't work well as a team. These conditions can cause blurred vision, double vision, headaches, eyestrain and even motion sickness. Words may appear to move or float on the page, and loss of place is common when reading. All of these symptoms interfere with reading comprehension and concentration. Binocular vision disorders include: Convergence insufficiency, convergence excess, and binocular instability. Often times, these challenges are more pronounced at near-point and computer range than when viewing at a distance.
Visual Form Perception Problems. Difficulty recognizing shapes can impact one’s ability to read fluently. Difficulty appreciating the same object when presented in different sizes can affect a child’s ability to learn math concepts. People who have visual form perception challenges may confuse words and letters, move their head when they read or use a pen or finger to make sure they don't lose their place when reading. They often struggle with observing relationships, making analogies, and relating ideas from one context to another.
Can Vision Therapy Improve My Sports Performance?
No matter how old you are, it's no fun to sit on the sidelines and wish you were better at sports. Your vision affects your athletic ability more than you may realize. Without good functional vision, it's difficult to track fast-moving balls, hit a ball with a golf club or bat, estimate where a ball will land or pay attention to players in your peripheral vision while still focusing on the action in front of you.
Vision therapy can enhance your athletic performance by improving your:
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Depth Perception
- Peripheral Awareness
- Ability to Change Focus from Near to Far Objects Quickly
- Ability to Track Objects
- Ability to See Objects in Motion More Clearly
- Visual Memory
- Figure-Ground Awareness
Would you like to do a better job at work, school or on the playing field? Vision therapy can provide the boost you need to feel more confident. Call us today to schedule a comprehensive vision examination.
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