Vision therapy is often defined as physical exercise for your eyes and brain. Vision therapy targets the ocular motor muscles by training them to work as a coordinated team to help support academic performance. Our eyes are connected to our brain and if our muscles are not positioning our eyes correctly, we are sending incorrect images to the brain to be processed.
As result Vision therapy also incorporates the development of visual processing skills by working on the foundation skills needed for reading and learning. These skills are called Visual Perceptual skills which include the following 7 components:
Vision Therapy address the treatment of the following ocular motor areas related to vision:
Remember our body is equal to the sum of its parts and our eyes do not work in isolation to the rest of the body, thus the reason for there to be associated motor related areas which may be affected as a result of a poorly integrated visual system or vice versa.
Vision therapy incorporates the following visual motor areas as part of its holistic treatment approach:
Vision Therapy at the Dubai Community Health Center does include the support of software programs to support home program training as well as in house therapy. The programs used are:
HTS- Home Vision Therapy Software
Our Visual Brain
Vision Therapy assess the quality of vision and not the quantity. The first step to be eligible to start Vision therapy requires a comprehensive eye test to be done by a Behavioural Optometrist, Orthoptist or Specialized Ophthalmologist. See a link below which is useful to watch to have a better understanding of what a comprehensive eye test should entail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5KGgbin7O0
See a list of signs and symptoms to look out for. If your child presents with 4 or more of the following symptoms below it is highly recommended to get an eye test done as soon as possible
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of visual strain related to reading and visual processing
Additional useful information
Considering the amount of time kids spend interacting with devices, it's no surprise that they, like adults, are susceptible to eye strain. The symptoms for children are the same as those for adults. So, watch out for complaints of:
Some studies now indicate that too much close visual work, such as reading or looking at screens, may also cause nearsightedness; however, in many cases myopia from visual stress is temporary rather than true myopia. The eyes simply need time to recover in order to focus in the distance again.
Teach Kids to take breaks:
Vision and attention
Some children with learning difficulties exhibit specific behaviours of hyperactivity and distractibility. These children are often labelled as having "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD). However, undetected and untreated vision problems can elicit some of the very same signs and symptoms commonly attributed to ADHD. Due to these similarities, some children may be mislabelled as having ADHD when, in fact, they have an undetected vision problem.
Because vision may change frequently during the school years, regular eye and vision care is important. The most common vision problem is near-sightedness or myopia. However, some children have other forms of refractive error like farsightedness and astigmatism. In addition, the existence of eye focusing, eye tracking and eye coordination problems may affect school and sports performance.
Eyeglasses or contact lenses may provide the needed correction for many vision problems. However, a program of vision therapy may also be needed to help develop or enhance vision skills.book appointment