Understanding Vision

To understand vision therapy, we must first have an understanding of vision. We often say vision is more than 20/20 meaning good vision entails much more that the acuity of our eyesight.  Vision, as one of our senses, is the complex process of being able to perceive the world around us with our eyes and form an understanding of what is seen with our brain. Many factors contribute to this process such as ability of our eyes to work together as a team, the ability of our eyes to focus at various distances, ability of our neurological pathways between or brain and eye to transmit what is seen, eye muscle coordination and much more. If any one of these systems is disrupted, a poor visual experience may result leading to a variety of symptoms. So while a child may “see” 20/20 or pass a vision screening, that doesn’t necessarily conclude they are experiencing good vision.

After a comprehensive eye exam is performed to rule out any eye health or acuity problems, further evaluation can determine if there are any other aspects of the visual system might be disrupted. A prescribed vision therapy program can then aid in correcting or improving certain dysfunctions of the visual system.