Does my child need Vision Therapy?

Many children struggle with reading.  Common symptoms seen in Vision Reading Disorders include:

  • Skips/repeats lines when reading
  • Omits small words when reading
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Headaches at the end of the day
  • Touble keeping attention on reading
  • Avoids near work/reading
  • Poor hand writing
  • Labeled “lazy”, “slow learner”, “ADHD” or dyslexic

Many children every year benefit from vision therapy at Bowersox Vision Center.  The above symptoms may be a sign of an underlying visual problem that can’t be corrected with glasses or contacts.

What type of eye conditions can be treated with Vision Therapy?

Many people including both children and adults can be helped with vision therapy.  Common conditions that may be treated with vision therapy include:

  • Strabismus (Eye Turn)
  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
  • Convergence Insufficiency (Eye Teaming)
  • Saccadic Dysfunction (Eye Tracking)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion)

Bowersox Vision Center diagnoses and treats patients with these conditions on a daily basis.  If you are referred from another provider, we communicate with them regularly to keep them informed.

What is the first step in a Vision Therapy program?

A comprehensive vision exam is necessary before starting therapy. Following the exam, your eye care provider can determine whether or not this type of therapy is the recommended treatment for your vision problems.

How does Vision Therapy work?

Vision therapy is performed under the supervision of an eye care provider. Each set of eye activities is tailored to meet the individual visual needs of a patient. These exercises are done once per week in sessions lasting 45 minutes.

Does insurance cover Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy can be billed to your medical insurance, but not vision insurance.  Our staff can help you find out if your insurance will pay for vision therapy.

Is there scientific evidence that it really works?

The Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial showed that office-based vision therapy is an effective treatment.  Studies on vision therapy show it is effective in improving reading. In its own sphere, this therapy is as effective as physical therapy or occupational therapy.