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Vision is the ability to locate, identify, remember and apply what we see. Visual abilities are comprised of a number of individual skills. Some of these main categories are: eye movements, eye teaming, accommodation (focus), 20/20 acuity, visual perception, eye-hand coordination and visual imagery.
Scientific studies have shown that the human brain has the ability to change its structure and function in response to external stimuli. This process is known as neuroplasticity. These neurological changes in the brain, once mistakenly thought to occur only during early childhood, have been demonstrated to occur in adults, as well. Recent findings about neuroplasticity suggest what vision therapy experts have been saying for years: properly devised and administered programs of VT can cause neurological changes that can correct vision problems associated with vision development, visual perception, vision function and can improve visual performance.
Developmental Vision Therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical and customized program designed specifically for a patient to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies related to eye alignment (i.e. “crossed” or “wall eye”), eye teaming, eye focusing, eye tracking, and visual processing.
Any activity done in an inefficient manner will cause stress to the rest of the human system. The same is true for the visual system. Poor visual skills tax the rest of the body thereby decreasing reading comprehension and retention, while causing fatigue, poor attention and lack of interest. Visual therapy arranges conditions for the patient to learn to use the eyes together in an efficient manner. When both eyes coordinate well, more visual information can be processed, comprehended and retained, while reducing stress on the rest of the system.
Progressive Optometry, Inc.
Clinical Director: Eric N. Dukes O.D., F.C.O.V.D