Vision Therapy at Ginter Eye Care Center
Many vision problems are as straightforward to treat as a new pair of glasses, some specialized contact lenses, or procedures to get an eye disease under control. But not all challenges to eyesight are so clear-cut. Since vision is actually a delicate act of coordination between the eyes and the brain, any issues that affect this collaborative process can cause serious difficulties -- especially in children who are still developing their visual skills. That's when it's comforting to know that even these issues can be successfully treated through vision therapy here at Ginter Eye Care Center.
Eye Function and Visual Processing Problems
Vision is far more than the passage of light through corneas and lenses to the retinas of the eyes. A pair of eyes must learn how to work together in unison for such basic yet essential tasks as tracking and focusing on objects. But that's not all -- the vision center of the brain must also learn how to use the input from both eyes, put those images together into a stereoscopic image, and then use that information to interpret depth and distance. Any impediment to these skills can cause vision impairment which may actually become ingrained as "normal." Examples of such problems include:
- Strabismus - Strabismus is an abnormal alignment in which the eyes may seem to point outward, inward, upward or downward relative to each other. It may affect one eye or both eyes.
- Amblyopia - Amblyopia, or "lazy eye," occurs when the brain decides to favor one eye's input over the other due to refractive differences, strabismus or an obstruction of vision in the "lazy eye."
- Phoria - A phoria is an occasional misalignment, with one drifting in and out of alignment. It may cause double vision or blurred vision.
- Convergence insufficiency - An eye teaming issue in which the eyes can bring their separate images into focus, but can't sustain this convergence for long without eye strain, headaches, and other problems.
How Vision Therapy Can Help
These problems are best tackled during childhood to allow for normal visual development and academic performance. Our Lubbock optometrist, Dr. Jewell Ginter, can perform comprehensive eye exams to determine whether your child can benefit from any of a variety of vision therapy techniques. Eye covering, for instance, is a common technique for correcting amblyopia by forcing the brain to make optimal use of the "lazy" eye. Pencil pushups is a popular exercise for developing the muscular coordination required for near-vision focus. There are also therapies aimed at improving hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision, eye teaming/tracking and other problems. Our optometry center may even recommend prism lenses and other specialized tools for correcting visual misalignment.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Lubbock Optometrist
Don't let any of your loved ones suffer from a functional vision problem that can be corrected at our optometry center. Call 806-798-8820 to schedule an appointment with our Lubbock optometrist!