THERAPY – How VT Works

Neuroplasticity: because vision is a learned process that develops, we can re-create this at any time. Because the brain is completely neuroplastic it can change itself at any age. Vision therapy works through neuroplasticity, which is a re-writing of the connections in the brain. This is done by arranging visual conditions and activities such that the task is novel but related to a visual skill used in daily life. We make changes in the brain through the visual process and the visual process improves. As the visual process improves, we see changes in the affected behavior accordingly.

When there is a visual skill dysfunction in the brain, it does not correct itself. One does not out grow the problem on its own. This is because everyday the conditions for using the skill are the same, so the same brain pathway will continue to be used. People may find new and inventive ways of compensating which will not serve them long term or give them the efficiency they could be capable of. With time the gap in functional vision skill widens compared with peers.

Vision Therapy Activities: Since vision develops in our brain at infancy along with our primitive reflexes and sensory-motor systems, our vision therapy program involves this necessary motor and reflex work to build the foundations for visual skill to emerge. Therapy procedures can involve:

  • whole body physical exercises
  • eye-hand activities
  • visual perception and awareness
  • peripheral vision
  • eye muscle control activities