The Vision Therapy sessions are 45 -50 minutes long .
Vision is a learned process and 80% of what we learn is learned through our visual system. During this session you will explore all areas of how vision guides your body for a more organized and integrated system to experience your maximum potential . You or your child will learn how to use the eyes with every other sense, with vision being the dominant sense for learning.
You will explore and integrate peripheral awareness at a level you have not ever experienced or learned as well as learning visual tracking skills and convergence and focusing skills should your exam reveal deficits in those areas.
You will also be exposed to learn how to visualize information , instead of rote learning. This will expand your reading comprehension and could enable you/your child to be a better speller. If you are a high-performance athlete , this will allow you to be able to heighten the effect of your game by being able to visualize certain plays before you actually perform them.
These fun and interactive activities will be done with a certified Vision Therapist in our office and will allow you/ your child to make these gains.
What is Vision Therapy?
The word Vision Therapy is a misnomer. It is the integration of the brain, eyes and body all being able to work in sync with each other. When you hear the words Vision Therapy, you think it is for children who cannot read well. Vision Therapy is powerful and beneficial for a number of different patients including children and adults who are incredibly smart but cannot learn efficiently as their eyes do not work together. Brain injury patients, patients with ADHD, sensory difficulties, patients on the spectrum and many other people can benefit from Vision Therapy.
Vision Therapy also allows the connection to your Soul and your emotions and allows you to connect with who you truly are and can become .
Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy?
Patients who have 20/20 vision do not need glasses but it does not necessarily mean that they do not have a vision issue that can be trained through Vision Therapy. Children who struggle with learning to read, stroke victims, traumatic brain injuries, patients with special needs, autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and stroke victims are all examples of who will benefit from Vision Therapy. It will help organize their perception of the world, which before Vision Therapy was disruptive and visually chaotic.
Can Vision Therapy help someone who has speech and/or gross motor difficulties?
Vision Therapy connects all of the senses. Vision is learned and because approximately 80% of what we learn is visual, then we have to make sure that the dominant sense for learning is working well. We integrate vision with verbal, vision with speech, vision with tactile, vision with auditory as well as vision with proprioception.
Will insurance cover Vision Therapy at your office?
Not typically but if you have a PPO you have a very strong chance of a percentage being covered.
Our office is considered an "Out of Network" provider.
You have to complete the initial assessment in order for you to have a diagnosis code to present to the insurance company before they make their decision. Since we are a small office, we do not bill for you but will help you in any way to make it a simple process for you to be able to do it yourself. We will provide the superbills for you.
Does it stick?
Vision Therapy is incredibly powerful if done at a conscious level. That is the ONLY way we do it. It is absolutely a retraining of the brain and once the neural pathways are created, they stay. It is critical that the patient is consistent with their weekly office visits and committing to the at-home activties in order to receive the full benefits/effects of Vision Therapy.
Is there evidence based work on what you do?
Yes. Dr. Dean currently has a scientist in the office running a study to show the efficacy of vision training, measuring three visual parameters which affect learning, namely accommodation, convergence and binocular function.
How young is the most effective therapy?
It varies based on the type of vision issue presented from the patient. Dr. Dean works with patients as young as 18 months.
How long is the therapy program?
This depends on the nature of the visual issue at hand and the patient. Typically 36-48 sessions is requiered but sometimes it may take a little longer. This will be evaluated after the initial exam as well as after the perceptual testing. (Second Visit)
Is the doctor doing the therapy?
Dr. Dean, as well as her trained therapist Brenda Barnes, have been working in conjuction for almost a decade to ensure the absolute best service is provided to each individual in Vision Therapy.