Let’s Talk About Some Vision Therapy Myths

Let’s Talk About Some Vision Therapy Myths in Chattanooga

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Vision Therapy Is Only For Children.

Although children may be a considerable portion of the patient pool for any given office, this is certainly not the case. The reason you might find more children, adults, or young adults in therapy is for a few reasons. Generally, diagnosing and treating a visual disorder early is one of the most effective ways of getting someone’s system back in order. The longer we leave a problem unchecked the more likely it will worsen as the years go on. Never believe the classic phrase “It will get better on its own”, we’ll end up seeing you in therapy years later with triple the amount of work to do. Having a bulk of children in therapy tells us something. It tells us that the parents are proactive in their children's life about seeking the proper healthcare treatments to make sure they excel and their quality of life isn’t diminished. Second to that, adults of all age ranges can be found in therapy. From the high school athlete who wants to improve his vision to the Grandfather who wants to retain functionality of his eyes without further degradation, to traumatic brain injury patients. For whatever particular reason a person comes through the door, there's a spot for everyone and anyone who stands to benefit from therapy, not just children.

There’s No Scientific Research Backing Vision Therapy.

Not surprising but Doctors and therapists alike get this a lot. Scientific research is important in emerging and established fields, treatment options, and medicine in general. When it comes down to vision therapy, this claim is easily falsifiable. For the most common binocular disorder, convergence insufficiency, there is research that shows vision therapy is one of the most effective treatments. The Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) is a randomized clinical trial that scientifically demonstrated that in-office vision therapy is the most effective treatment method for convergence insufficiency an the study also suggests that it can be an effective treatment for those who are also amblyopic or strabismic. This research alone is enough to disprove the notion that there is no science backed research for vision therapy and its efficacy in treating binocular disorders. 

 

There’s No Scientific Research Backing Vision Therapy.
There’s No Scientific Research Backing Vision Therapy.

There’s No Scientific Research Backing Vision Therapy.

Sometimes surgery is the only option, but it's the way in which we arrive there that matters. Thinking surgery is the only option from the jump is where this line of thinking goes wrong. Sometimes surgery is the answer but it’s hardly the only answer and is typically the last one as well. Most cases that might prompt someone to seek surgery first could actually, and do, benefit from vision therapy. The effects of therapy can typically do one of two things: eliminate the need for surgery altogether by achieving proper alignment or significantly reducing the misalignment to the point where surgery might not be considered as a treatment option anymore. There’s another downside to just doing surgery without therapy and this might be the most important point. I’ve seen countless patients, mostly strabismic, decline therapy after a vision therapy exam in order to pursue the surgical route. What happens is surgically the muscles surrounding the eyes are shortened, physically moving the eye or eyes into alignment. The problem is that the brain was never paired with the eyes, neurologically, that would hold them there and because the patient doesn’t know how to maintain that posture with mind-eye connection then they drift out of alignment once more. In order for a surgery to have its greatest effect it generally has to sit upon the bedrock of a solid vision therapy routine. 

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Summary

Often we hear some things about vision therapy and although they seem believable they end up not being true. Misinformation is a slippery slope. It can stop us from getting the help we truly need and truly deserve so let’s dive into a couple of these myths and debunk them so we can shed a little light on the truth and get us on the right path.

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  • 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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