Vision Therapy Office Tour And Overview With Dr. McBryar

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Welcome to the Institute of Vision Development

A visit to Dr. McBryar’s office begins in the front reception area, which is nice and spacious to accommodate families and give kids room to move around while waiting for their appointments.

A little further into the office is a conference room where Dr. McBryar meets with families to discuss testing results, observations she’s made, and treatment progress. Next to it is the exam room where she first sees new patients and gets the chance to first meet the families and children and talk about what she’ll be able to do to help. Much of the time, the answer to that question will be vision therapy.
Most of the work with vision therapy patients is done in the main therapy room. It’s a large, open space that is designed to provide a fun experience for kids, and to them it’s like they’re just playing a series of games.

These include activities like a lighted button board that works on their tracking while reading, a rotating peg board for them to work on their coordination and accuracy, and the vector gram, which helps teach them how to better use their eyes together as a team. They can work on how to converge their eyes (bring them together), and on divergence to relax their eyes.
Finally, there is also an interactive touch screen that enables us to train several types of skills, such as working on eye movements--helping them improve their accuracy and speed at touching the targets.

What is the Therapy Schedule Like, and How Long Does it Run For?

Generally, patients spend about six months at a time in therapy, with a 45 minute visit to the office once a week. During these visits, the patient works one-on-one with a therapist. In addition, the patient receives home activities they can do for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time several times a week. The total therapy period length will, of course, vary based on the nature of the therapy needed by the patient.

Periodically, Dr. McBryar will meet with patients and their families for progress checks to make sure things are moving in the right direction, and that if more emphasis needs to be put more on one area or another, the treatment can adjust appropriately.

What are we Looking for as Therapy Progresses?

From the start, every aspect of therapy is highly individualized. While multiple children might be suffering from the same issues, they won’t necessarily respond in the same way once therapy begins. Based off of the initial evaluations, Dr. McBryar will then recommend a customized therapy regimen.

During the periodic progress checks, Dr. McBryar will look at how much progress has been made on the patient’s issues: is their vision tracking improved? Are the eyes teaming together better? If an area is determined to be progressing more slowly than others, adjustments to the therapy plan will be made to focus more on that particular skill.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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