Using corrective eyewear may sometimes be inadequate for managing certain vision disorders. This is why The Myopia Institute provides vision therapy services as an adjunct management. Also known as vision training, this aims to improve the working relationship between your neurological and visual systems by doing a set of visual exercises for a specified time. Let us discuss some devices and activities we commonly use.
Your reliable optometrist may ask you to view an object while looking into different lenses of varying powers or prisms with certain orientations. This exercise helps train your eyes to see things and persons which may be near or far from you.
Pencil Push Up Therapy
This is one of the most common activities usually conducted by ophthalmologists. In this activity, we’ll start by holding the pencil in front of you, approximately at arm’s length. As we slowly close in toward your nose, we’ll ask you to stay focused on the pencil. Once it appears as a double image, we’ll draw the pencil and repeat the steps. This works as a vision correction method for those with binocular eyesight, particularly strabismus or crossed eyes.
Amblyopia or lazy eye develops when your brain ignores signals coming from a weaker eye, resulting in the latter’s further loss of function. We may ask you to wear an eye patch on your stronger eye, reducing its visual stimuli. This way, your brain is forced to recognize and acknowledge the weaker eye’s visual cues which may lead to its development and enhanced functionality.
With the advances in technology, some vision therapy activities are already computer-assisted. While the underlying principle mostly remains the same, the variety and intricacies of these exercises are exceptional. There are various programs which can help improve your eye movements, accommodation, and image interpretation processing.
These are only some of the commonly used vision therapy exercises and instruments. To determine which one you should use, we may perform a comprehensive eye exam first. This way, we’ll be able to establish your vision problem and personal risk factors, serving as our guide in creating your individualized vision therapy plan.
For more information about vision training, contact a local myopia specialist today.