Dr. McBryar and Optometry

Combining Low Vision Treatment and Vision Therapy

In the broad profession of optometry, you usually see doctors who either specialize in vision therapy or in treating low vision, but rarely both combined into a single practice.

How Dr. McBryar Came to Combine the Two Disciplines

Dr. McBryar has a son who is both visually impaired and on the autism spectrum. Through seeing the day-to-day challenges he faced related to vision, but were also related to his autism, it got her thinking. Why weren’t these two specialties combined more often?

The combination of potential vision-related problems extends further, such as with a patient who suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, but who also has macular degeneration or glaucoma. This patient would need both a vision aid for the mechanical problem and also therapy to help them perform daily activities and to function visual field loss or other problems stemming from their injury.

More Complex Issues Require a Different Treatment Approach

As time goes on, doctors are going to encounter increasingly complex cases. How best should one treat a patient with special needs who has also suffered a traumatic brain injury, with double vision on top of it all? How should one approach treatment of a patient who had a stable condition, but a traumatic accident or medical incident now leaves them with a mix of visual difficulties?
To Dr. McBryar, the clear solution is to combine the specialties that are used to treat the different types of problems. This allows the doctor to tackle the routine, straightforward cases, while also being prepared for the more complicated ones--especially those cases where the cause of the patient’s vision issues is unclear.

Improve Quality of Life

A patient may be experiencing difficulty in an everyday task, but is told that their known issues were treated, thus they should be okay. Except they aren’t.

Through combining these two specialties of low vision treatment and vision therapy, Dr. McBryar is able to work with her patients to identify these issues and their causes, in order to help then return to the higher quality of life they had previously enjoyed.


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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