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More About Vision Therapy

There is more to healthy vision than meets the eye. Most people believe that good vision means simply having 20/20 acuity, or seeing clearly in the distance. However, vision is the brain and eyes working together. Vision has a tremendous impact on the learning process for both children and adults. ​80% of what we perceive, comprehend, and remember depends on the efficiency of our visual system. Pediatric & Adult Vision Care's Vision Therapy department is dedicated to helping children and adults take in information efficiently, process it accurately, and react appropriately.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Visual Deficiencies:

  • Blurred or double vision when reading
  • Skipping or repeating lines/words while reading
  • One eye turning in or out
  • Reading below expected grade level
  • Difficulty copying from the chalkboard
  • Headaches or dizziness after near activities
  • Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulty with handwriting
  • Poor/inconsistent performance in sports
  • Performing below potential in school

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is an individualized treatment program designed to remediate visual and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy includes procedures designed to retrain the brain's ability to control, eye alignment, eye tracking, eye focusing, and visual processing skills.  Visual 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.

Common Visual Dysfunctions:

  • Binocular Dysfunction - Difficulty using the two eyes together as a team
  • Convergence Insufficiency - An eye teaming problem where the eyes tend to drift outwards when doing close work  
  • Ocular Motor Dysfunction - The ability of the eyes to simultaneosly and smoothly follow words on a page or follow moving objects in space
  • Amblyopia - 'Lazy Eye' lowered visual acuity that can not be corrected with glasses or contact lenses
  • Strabismus -A visual impairment where the two eyes point in different directions (in, out, up, or down)
  • Visual Processing Delays/Cognitive Development - Visual memory, discrimination, spatial organization, visual-motor integration, directionality, visual capture, and visualization

How Vision Affects Learning

How the brain and eyes work together has a great impact on the learning process for both children and adults. Imagine sitting in a classroom and taking notes and fighting a focusing problem that won't allow you to change your focus from near to far and back again.

Imagine starting out the day able to read a paragraph, then as the day goes on, your visual system is stressed and now the paragraph looks like this:

Or imagine reading a paragraph and having the letters or words appear to  as you are trying to comprehend what you are reading.

Often, children and adults do not realize their struggles are in no way linked to intelligence or how hard they are trying, instead they are not able to visually process the information put before them.

Many symptoms of visual disorders mimic symptoms of dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities. However, many children and adults carrying these labels really have functional vision problems. With proper diagnosis, treatment can begin and a life can be changed through vision.

Quality Vision Therapy Program

The doctors and therapists at Pediatric & Adult Vision Care Vision Therapy have studied with multiple top researchers and practitioners in the field of vision therapy. Because of this, they have been able to put together a quality vision therapy program utilizing the best of what these professionals have to offer. At PAVC Vision Therapy, we conduct one-on-one therapy sessions to meet the unique needs of all the clients in our programs.  In addition, our program is monitored with timely progress evaluations by the doctors. All of our Vision Therapists at PAVC Vision Therapy are board-certified or are in the process of becoming certified. This means the therapists have gone through extensive testing to show that they are extremely knowledgeable in all areas of vision therapy. PAVC Vision Therapy is one of the largest vision therapy facilities in the country with two convenient locations in Wexford & Fox Chapel and state-of-the-art equipment. ​Unlike many vision therapy programs, we treat the whole person, rather than just the eyes.  We have found the key to good results in vision therapy is the timely use of visual-motor activities, peripheral awareness and expansion, and the integration of visual processing activities, which teach the patient how to use their visual system in the most efficient and effective way possible. Pediatric & Adult Vision Care Vision Therapy is proud to be one of the few vision therapy offices in the world that offers Integrated Visual Learning (IVL). IVL is a program developed over 15 years by a behavioral/developmental optometrist, a psychologist, and an educator. IVL is vision therapy with a cognitive finish. Instead of simply giving the clients the visual abilities to learn, we train them how to use their visual systems to learn.

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Wexford Office Hours

Monday: 10:00am - 7:30pm

Tuesday: 10:00am - 7:30pm

Wednesday: 10:00am - 7:30pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Vision Therapy Hours

Monday: 10:30am - 7:00pm

Tuesday: 9:30am - 7:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Friday: 7:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

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