For Immediate Release:

DO YOU HAVE 20/20 VISION BUT HAVE TROUBLE READING?

VISION THERAPY MAY BE THE ANSWER FOR YOU!

Whitby, ON, November 1, 2018 – Do you or someone you know have trouble reading or writing? Are you uncoordinated or poor at sports? Have you had a concussion and are experiencing trouble with your vision? Perhaps you experience fatigue with day-to-day visual tasks? These are only a few issues that NeuroVision Therapy can help with.

NeuroVision Therapy provides specialized Optometric Vision Therapy (VT) programs designed to treat: learning related vision problems, strabismus (eye turns) and amblyopia (lazy eye) as well as post-trauma vision syndrome, resulting from acquired brain injuries, including concussions, at its downtown Whitby, Ontario location.

Often when a turned eye is straightened by surgery it needs repeated surgeries to re-align the eye. Why, you ask? Because unless the brain learns how to properly see and integrate the information coming from each eye the brain will continue to turn the eye and turn off conflicting information coming into the brain.

“We see with our brain through our eyes,” explains Dr. Coralee Mueller, Optometrist and founder of NeuroVision Therapy, a clinic that treats vision dysfunction by understanding that the visual process is neurological. “The visual process occurs in the brain. It starts when light enters the eye and ends with visually-guided behaviour. The most important fact is that the visual process is learned and therefore trainable at any age.”

VT is an individually prescribed program that consists of activities and exercises that allows the brain to create new connections so that the brain and eyes can communicate in a more efficient manner. The goal is for skills like eye tracking, eye teaming, focusing, and visual processing to become automatic so that the patient’s visual, cognitive, auditory and motor processing happens efficiently and simultaneously.

“There is much more to vision than just seeing clearly,” adds Dr. Mueller. “Most of us believe if you have ‘20/20’ visual acuity, then you have perfect vision. This is not true. Individuals who have 20/20 eyesight can have visual problems which affect how their eyes focus, work together, or move along a line of print when reading. Being able to see ‘20/20’ is only one of 17 visual skills that you need to succeed in reading, learning, playing sports, and navigating daily life efficiently.

Since vision develops in your brain at infancy alongside your primitive reflexes and sensory-motor systems, programs include motor and reflex work to build the foundations for visual skill to emerge,” continues Mueller. “Therapy procedures can involve whole body perception and awareness, peripheral vision, and eye muscle control activities.”

NeuroVision Therapy uses a standard curriculum as a framework and then customizes the program to the patient.

“Programs are prescribed by the doctor and individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient,” explains Lead Vision Therapist, Laura Booth. “The goal of vision therapy is to help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities, improve visual comfort, and create ease and efficiency in how they process or interpret visual information.

Dr. Mueller evaluates different areas of an individual’s visual abilities such as how smoothly and accurately they can track a moving target; how efficiently a person is able to shift their eyes from one target to another; how consistently and accurately the brain is integrating the input from their two eyes, and how stable and flexible their focusing ability is.”

According to the American Optometric Association, up to 80% of a child’s learning in school is through vision. The majority of children who are learning disabled have a deficiency in visual skill that is impeding their ability, affecting their life. School vision screenings can miss up to half of these problems. NeuroVision Therapy provides comprehensive vision exams that check all aspects of eye health, vision, and visual skills, and can ensure that you or your child is not struggling unnecessarily with an undiagnosed vision problem.

Clients often come to NeuroVision Therapy with symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Double and blurred vision
  • Issues reading: losing your place, slow or remembering what you’ve read
  • Discomfort and fatigue
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Suppression
  • Amblyopia: reduced visual clarity in an eye that cannot improve with glasses
  • Strabismus: the brain turns one eye to a position that is not aligned with the other.
  • Poor vision-body coordination: clumsiness, inefficient eye-hand coordination

It is not uncommon for these vision problems to be concurrent with diagnoses such as: Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Sensory Processing Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Vision Therapy is a specialized area of optometric care. It is widely practiced in the United States and is gaining a foothold in Canada. “Eye Training” has been practiced in Europe since the late 1800’s. Dr. Mueller has been providing Optometric Vision Therapy programs since 2011 and as NeuroVision Therapy since 2016.

 

Contact:         Dr. Coralee Mueller

NEUROVISION THERAPY
114 Dundas St. E. Suite 208
Whitby ON, L1N 2H7
905 430 2229
Email: admin@neurovisiontherapy.com

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