Posted on 08th July 2021
We know there is huge demand for vision therapy, and with only two qualified behavioural optometrists in Scotland, we are delighted that Emma Drewery will be with us a day a week from later this month. We have already had a lot of interest from both parents and support for learning teachers.
So what is vision therapy?
Just as the brain can learn new languages, good vision can also be learned and developed if given the right training.
The demand we place on our eyesight can cause varying degrees of stress on our vision. Untreated visual issues can cause headaches, blurry vision and sore eyes, print may appear to move or jump around the page, missing or skipping, of words and avoidance of reading. If using vision is difficult, it can lead to poor visual memory and long term memory, difficulties copying from board or book, short attention span, messy handwriting and poor hand eye coordination. Vision Therapy aims to teach the brain how to see better, to combat such issues.
Vision is so much more than what we see. Vision is about the brain processing what the eyes see and then acting accordingly. This is an incredibly complex process requiring many parts of the visual system, body and brain to perform a role. Vision Therapy aims to retrain and strengthen the brain’s connection with the eyes.
Vision therapy can help reduce the visual issues experienced with specific learning related disorders such as those found in dyslexia and dyspraxia, and develop the visual skills in children and adults with Asperger’s and autism. It can also help with specific eye conditions, and can play a huge part in improving vision for sports people.
How do we diagnose vision issues?
A behavioural optometrist looks at how all the senses work together, vision, hearing, balance and the brain all need to communicate, for example for good hand eye coordination when catching a ball, you need your brain and vision to work efficiently together to move quickly. If a child struggles to read, there may be processing issues being exacerbated by poor visual development and delayed visual skills, they may greatly benefit from vision therapy. Just as the brain can learn new languages, good vision can also be learned and developed if given the right training.
In many cases, the patient will be referred to us from another optometrist, teacher, support for learning departments, occupational therapists, as well as concerned parents. It isn’t just for children. Many children with poor visual skills will reach adulthood without having their visual issues addressed and still struggle with their visual skills. Vision problems can also occur at any time in life. Vision therapy can have a huge impact on adults and improve their visual performance in many areas including work and when playing sport, especially in professional sport when you rely on accurate and efficient vision.
In addition to an appointment with our behavioural optometrist, we will also examine how your vision is affected by colour using our colorimeter technology. Coloured overlays or lenses may then be recommended.
Find out more on here. Appointments are available on Thursdays from the end of July and the initial assessment lasts around an hour. To book an assessment, please call 0131 225 2235 or email email@example.com.