Vision therapy is recommended by your optometrist at Mead EyeCare & EyeWear serving Woodbury, MN and the surrounding area. It is helpful for certain conditions and may be used by adults and children to improve their eyesight.
What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is supervised by your eye doctor. It is non-invasive, which means there is no eye surgery involved. Think about it as exercises for the eyes. It is similar to physical therapy for other parts of the body in that there are specific eye exercises used to improve problems with eyesight. It can also help improve problems with the parts of the brain involved in controlling vision. The exercises are a part of a customized program designed by the eye doctor to correct problems and improve visual acuity.
How do eye exercises help vision?
Visual therapy is used as a treatment for a condition called strabismus, which average people know as “lazy eye.” People, including children, who have this condition can exercise the movement of the lazy eye to strengthen it and get it in sync with the other eye. If you have one eye that does not track properly, these exercises will help.
Here are two examples to see how easy this therapy is:
- Pencil Push-Ups: Take a pencil or a pen and hold it in front of your eyes about one foot away. Choose a point on the pencil, such as its tip, to focus both eyes upon. Keeping both eyes focused on the same point move it very slowly toward the tip of your nose. Try to keep the pencil in focus for as long as possible. When the image goes blurry, stop and then repeat the exercise.
- Three Beads on a String: For this exercise, you need 12 inches of string and three differently-colored beads. Thread the beads onto the string and secure them to be an equal distance from each other. Tie one end of the string to something and then hold it up in a line in front of your eyes. Gaze at each bead for a moment until you can see it at the intersection of an “X” made from the two identical images of the string captured by the eyes. If the “X” seems to be in front of or behind a bead then one eye is not focused properly on the bead. Practice seeing a perfectly-aligned “X” on each bead to teach both eyes to focus together correctly.
That is just a couple of examples of simple exercises that are part of this therapy for this specific condition of lazy eye. Your eye doctor will give you good advice about what type of exercises may help to correct certain vision problems that you may have.
Vision Therapy Consultation
Make an appointment with your optometrist at Mead EyeCare & EyeWear in Woodbury, MN to start your vision therapy program. Call (651) 735-9550.