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.

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