vision therapy

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by momof4, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. momof4

    momof4 Guest

    I am confused and looking for help? My 9 year old son has always been
    told his vision was fine and he did not need glasses. He is dyslexic
    and we were told that it could not be "fixed" but helped through
    vision therapy. After I went through the screening, I was told he had
    no perception problems just muscle problems. He had trouble with
    tracking, convergent and divergent problems. Can therapy using a
    computer program help these problems? Have any of you ever heard of
    this or had any experience with it? I have been told it would help and
    it wouldn't help. I want to help my child but I don't want to
    waste my money because my insurance will not pay.
     
    momof4, Feb 25, 2006
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  2. momof4

    drfrank21 Guest

    Vision therapy can be quite effective if there is committment and
    motivation from yourself and your son. To be most effective, there
    needs
    to be office visits with a qualified vision therapist (which can
    include
    your son doing exercises on the computer); trying to do it alone
    with just using a computer program usually wont work. Tracking,
    motility skills, and conv/divergent skills are all skills that can be
    enhanced with vt.

    frank
     
    drfrank21, Feb 25, 2006
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  3. momof4

    momof4 Guest

    I was told it would involve an hour a week in the office and nightly
    homework on a computer program that has reading comperhension and a
    moving window reading exercise. There is also 3-d exercises where he
    wears the glasses must hold his head still and serches for a ball on
    the screen, plays tennis ect. If vision therapy works why is it so
    hard to find and why does our regular eye visits not test for these
    things. Also what is the difference between a regular OD and a FCOVD.
    I was told only to go to the latter. I thank you for answering my
    questions.
     
    momof4, Feb 26, 2006
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  4. momof4

    Charles Guest

    I'm not a doctor, but I am doing VT and have researched it a lot. The
    sympotms you describe are the ones that (it is widely accepted) VT is
    very effective at treating. Just getting a computer program is not
    appropriate though; you need to find a VT person and do office visits.
    I'm not sure you can get the software yourself anyway... I tried.

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    Charles, Feb 26, 2006
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  5. momof4

    drfrank21 Guest


    The vision training program you're describing sounds fine. A normal
    eye examination WILL normally pick up motility (eye tracking),
    binocular (2 eyes working together),convergence and accommodative
    (focusing) problems to name a few.

    As far as why so few O.D.'s do vision therapy my guess
    is that it is time and space intensive and many(most) health insurance
    do not cover the therapy.

    The difference between an O.D. and FCOVD (board certified fellow of the
    college of optometrists in vision development) is that the latter
    underwent a program in behaviour vision.

    frank
     
    drfrank21, Feb 27, 2006
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