Your eye doctor just recommended vision therapy for you or your child. This may be the first time you have ever her about vision therapy. It can be difficult to fully understand how a treatment program for something that you or your child might not see or even recognize as a problem can actually help. Here are some quick facts to bring vision therapy into 20/20 focus.
Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain. It is a highly effective, non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency, convergence excess, and other vision related reading and learning disabilities.
School-Age Kids Suffering
It is estimated that 5 percent of school-age children have convergence insufficiency. They can suffer headaches, dizziness and nausea, which can lead to irritability, low self-esteem and inability to concentrate.
Unknown Vision Problem
Most children who need therapy do not realize they have a vision problem. They do not know they see any different than their peers.
School Screenings Aren't Enough
An estimated 1 in 10 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning in school. Studies have shown 1 in 3 children has a vision disorder that is not detected in a school screening.
Higher Cure Rate Than Surgery
Vision therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives vision therapy the better.
ADD Could be a Vision Problem
Many vision experts believe that 60 percent of children who are labeled as ‘problem learners’ are suffering from vision problems rather than some form of Attention Deficit Disorder.
What to expect during Therapy
Vision therapy sessions are typically scheduled once a week for an hour with a vision therapist. Modern Heritage Eye Care utilizes the most advanced vision therapy treatments such as Vivid Vision. This fully immersive virtual reality program helps increase patient success. Progress checks with Dr. Shasteen are scheduled periodically to ensure goals are being reached.
Weekly home therapy exercises are assigned to supplement in-office therapy. We ask that patients complete at least 5 days of homework each week. Assignments are sent home through an app called Binovi Coach with detailed instructions, photos and videos. Completion of these tasks is an integral part of progressing in treatment.
We do not offer any “one size fits all” programs. All vision therapy programs are individualized treatment plans designed to help you or your child succeed. Dr. Shasteen will discuss the estimated treatment program length with you following your full evaluation. We stress the importance of not missing a single session. It is possible you or your child may complete this program in more or less time than scheduled.
Vision Therapy Could Change Their Life!
Did you know that learning-related vision problems can mimic ADHD? Go beyond 20/20 with an in-depth comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Shasteen will examine your child’s eyes for focusing, tracking, and working together properly for maximum visual potential. Trust your child’s eyes to Perrysburg, Ohio’s only optometrist fellowship trained in binocular vision and pediatrics.
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TIME WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Dr. Shasteen believes in providing the highest standard of evidence based vision therapy treatments to her patients. Dr. Shasteen’s commitment to quality vision therapy began with her decision to pursue a 2-year advanced practice fellowship in pediatrics and binocular vision at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. This training is completed by less than 10% of optometrists nationwide. During the fellowship, she conducted research on vision therapy and accommodative insufficiency (the inability of the eyes to focus up close). She further committed herself to lifelong learning by becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has had her research presented at meetings of the American Academy of Optometry and the 2017 meeting of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She continues to attend lectures focusing on pediatrics and binocular vision disorders. She has presented lectures on pediatrics locally to ophthalmic staff, pediatricians, and medical students.
SERVING PERRYSBURG, BOLWING GREEN, TOLEDO, AND BEYOND
Modern Heritage Eye Care is conveniently located in the south section of Levis Commons near the Holiday Inn. When you enter the main Levis Commons entrance, turn left on Chappel Dr. Head south past the shops and you’ll find us on the left just past the Float Spa.