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Vision Therapy for Children

Sherwood Park, Edmonton: We Specialize in Pediatric Eye Care

Our eye doctors at 1st Street & Village Eye Centres excel in providing children with clear and healthy vision – so they can excel in school, on the sports field, and in life!

Many parents are unfamiliar with the concept of Vision Therapy and how it works. Our Edmonton, Alberta optometrists have prepared the following explanation of the basics of vision therapy – what it is, when is it needed, what it can do, and what it cannot do.

The Goal of Vision Therapy Treatment

This type of eye care for children aims to enhance visual and ocular performance across the board. Excellent vision depends on much more than visual acuity. Even if your child has 20/20 sight, he or she can still have an ocular condition that requires treatment. Or even if your child was treated with eyeglasses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, there could be other eye problems that require treatment. Examples of other vision disorders include:

  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Poor eye teaming (binocularity)
  • Convergence excess
  • Difficulty with accommodation (focusing)
  • Weak eye-hand coordination
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia)

If any of these conditions are left untreated, they can severely compromise children’s ability to learn in school, socialize normally, and perform well on the playing field.

At our Vision Therapy Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, our experienced pediatric eye doctor will perform a thorough eye exam to determine your child’s specific problem. Using this information, we will customize therapy sessions to address his or her unique vision needs. Our personalized and professional eye care can prevent the start and development of vision-related learning difficulties.

Vision Therapy Does Not Treat Refractive Eye Conditions or Learning Disabilities

A lot of sensationalist hype is out there about how vision therapy can reduce your child’s need for prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Don’t be fooled! As effective as vision therapy can be in treating specific vision disorders, it cannot cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.

In addition, vision therapy is not a cure to fix learning disabilities. However, children who suffer from a vision-related learning problem may benefit significantly from vision therapy. This is because vision therapy is often able to correct underlying vision problems that may be causing trouble with learning. But when it comes to a real learning disability that is not vision-related, the root of the problem stems from a brain-related issue that will not be helped by vision therapy.

Vision Therapy Sessions in Our Edmonton Centres

At our advanced 1st Street & Village Eye Centres, our qualified optometrist will design and facilitate your child’s session, which is typically 45 minutes long.

We will use a variety of tools and instruments that are made specially for vision therapy, including beads, balls on a string, wands, prisms, lenses and customized charts. The innovative techniques that we implement will strengthen different parts of the brain that are involved with your child’s visual system.

Vision Homework for Children

The success of vision therapy rests heavily on a good relationship between patient and eye doctor, along with parental support and encouragement. Our optometrists’ extensive training enables them to design effective at-home vision therapy exercises – and positive cooperation is the cornerstone of helping vision therapy to be successful!

With regular sessions of pediatric vision therapy and homework being done, children usually show improvement after a few months. Eventually, your child will receive a maintenance program of exercises to be done independently, and we will provide instructions about how often to return for follow-up eye exams.

Convenient Vision Therapy Near You

It is essential to find a vision therapist who is easy to reach, because you will need to bring your child for regular appointments. We are pleased to offer a full-service pediatric vision therapy centre in Edmonton, AB, staffed with a team of friendly, experienced optometrists. Contact our office for more information and to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child.

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