What is Vision Therapy?
Optometric vision therapy develops visual skills which are inadequate for an individual’s needs either due to delayed development or trauma. While vision skills must be integrated to become automatic and improve function, they are divided into two categories.
• Ocular motor skills: tracking across a page of print while reading, maintaining fixation while studying an object of interest, converging your eyes to look at something that is near to you, following a ball, looking back-and-forth to copy, and focusing.
• Visual information processing skills: judging distance, size, and speed; figure-ground (crowding); visual memory and visualization; speed of processing; filtering extraneous information to maintain visual attention; motor planning; and scanning.
Vision therapy always involves the integration of skills from both areas. Reading is an example of the importance of this integration as are the visual motor skills of writing and drawing. The conditions treated by vision therapy are strabismus, amblyopia, convergence insufficiency and other eye teaming problems when the eyes are usually aligned, learning-related vision problems, and visual problems associated with post-concussion syndrome
Every patient is unique. Therapy sessions in the office are programmed by Dr. Williams and implemented by trained optometric vision therapists. Irene Anderson and Karen Danoski are both Certified Optometrist Vision Therapists (COVT) through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Shelley Chilson is in the process of becoming certified. Dr. Williams is a Fellow in COVD (FCOVD). COVD is the international certification organization for vision therapy. Dr. Williams is a past president of COVD and was the chairperson of continuing education for 18 years.