Is there Evidence that in office Vision Therapy works?

Published on
January 5, 2022

There's a large double blind treatment trial that was administered by the National Eye Institute. It's called the convergence insufficiency treatment trial. And in that study they looked at what was the most effective treatment for an eye teaming condition called convergence insufficiency. And the results of the study clearly showed that the most effective treatment was in office vision therapy performed by a skilled and trained therapist combined with home based activities. The other two treatment options that were compared to were computer based therapy and home based exercises alone. And definitively it showed that it was most effective when it was done in office and supplemented with home based activities. 

Conservative estimates suggest that at least 5% of children have convergence insufficiency, however there are many other clinical studies from around the world that show a much higher prevalence. It is estimated that by the age of 90, 70% of people will have been diagnosed with convergence insufficiency at some point in their life. 

There was a second portion to that study that was done a few years later, and that one looked at the benefit of vision therapy to treat convergence insufficiency and the effect that that has on reading. The conclusion was ultimately that treating convergence insufficiency alone is not significant enough to improve reading just by itself. I think that in a case like that with one of those studies, we also have to question is, are there also other types of disorders, auditory processing, visual processing, other things besides just it being that may factor into the effectiveness of that.

Learn more about some of the research behind vision therapy here. 

https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/vision-therapy-research/

Testimonials


  • 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.

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