Vision Therapy

Vision Performance Specialties at Heights EyeCare

vision-therapyVision Performance Specialties provides optometric vision therapy, sports vision training, and developmental vision support to the people of Billings and its surrounding communities.

One of our primary goals at Vision Performance Specialties is to help you maximize your potential to perform at work, play, and school. Whatever your current visual skills problems, an individualized program of visual training can offer you the chance to learn better tools for seeing the world.

Also, if you or someone you know has a medical condition which might affect visual performance (such as brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, etc.), you will be excited to read about vision therapy breakthroughs in treating the many visual problems associated with these conditions.

Mission Statement

To provide advanced, evidence-based clinical services to those seeking improvement, rehabilitation, resonation, or development of visual function.

To provide meaningful public education regarding the expected impact of functional vision deficits on a person’s ability to move, work, play, and learn.

To provide meaningful public education regarding the availability and benefits of improvement, rehabilitation, restoration, and development of visual function.

To practice clinical and educational teamwork with other professionals engaged in serving those who can benefit from improved visual function.

What Is Vision Therapy?

what is vision therapyVision Therapy is an individualized, doctor-supervised treatment program designed to enhance visual-motor and/or visual-perceptual-cognitive skills. Vision Therapy sessions include activities designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control: eye alignment, eye teaming, eye focusing abilities, eye movements, and/or visual processing. Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

Who Benefits From Vision Therapy?

Learning-related vision problems

Vision Therapy in the ClassroomVision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).

Poor Binocular Coordination

Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).

Strabismus and Amblyopia

Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eyes when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better the outcome, however, no person is too old to benefit from improved visual function.

Stress-induced Visual Difficulties

21st century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Children and adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. V/V/S. (Computer Vision Syndrome) is one of the fastest growing health concerns in the workplace today. Environmental stresses of the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work can induce eyestrain, headaches, and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.

Visual Rehabilitation for Special Populations

Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system (such as brain injuries, stroke, whiplash, developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.) Vision Therapy can effectively treat the visual consequences of trauma (including double vision).

Sports Vision Enhancement

Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Almost all sporting activities require your eyes to instruct your hands and body as to what to do! Accurate vision and sport-specific visual skills can be measured, developed, and enhanced through Vision Therapy. We successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking, and visualization skills (to mention just a few).


Vision Therapy Resources

www.COVD.org

www.PAVEVision.org

www.visiontherapy.org

www.opt.indiana.edu

www.visionandlearning.org

www.oepf.org