Rancho Santa Fe Optometry

Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy Treatment

Vision therapy is a specialized treatment aimed at enhancing visual skills and abilities. Comparable to other types of therapies, vision therapy goes beyond mere visual sharpness. It encompasses a treatment approach that includes eye-muscle teamwork,eye tracking, visual information processing and advanced neurological activities that govern the complex interplay of the body’s movements and visual system. Vision therapy aims to enhance the visual acqusition, visual processing and visual motor integration skill necessary for complex understanding of the visual environment.

control thousands of components of our entire bodies coordinated actions. Your visual system is your steering system. Vision Therapy makes it better.

We provide complete diagnostic and therapeutic care for children and adults with these type of vision problems:

Our services extend to both children and adults, focusing on critical vision issues that vision therapy can effectively address:

Eye Tracking: Improving the ability to follow moving objects accurately and efficiently and move across a page of print.

Eye Teaming: Addressing conditions like Strabismus (misalignment of eyes) or Amblyopia (lazy eye) to enhance coordination and focus of both eyes together.

Eye Focusing: Enhancing the ability of the eyes to focus and to move focus quickly and accurately through different places in space.

Learning-Related Vision Issues: Tailoring therapies to assist with vision-related learning difficulties.

Visual Information Processing: Improving the brain’s ability to process and interpret visual information.

Computer-Related Vision Problems: Alleviating visual stress and issues stemming from prolonged computer use.

Sports Vision: Enhancing visual skills, like depth perception and eye-hand coordination, is helpful for sports.

Acquired Brain Injury-Related Vision Problems: Addressing vision disorders due to a brain injury, aiding recovery, and adaptation.

By focusing on these key areas, vision therapy aims to optimize the visual system’s function and, in turn, improve overall quality of life.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a tailored program of visual exercises and activities meticulously designed and supervised by a developmental optometrist to enhance visual abilities and processing. It’s a practical approach for addressing various eye-related problems and can be recommended after a thorough assessment of the visual system. The program is unique to each patient based on detailed standardized test results, specific symptoms, and personal needs.

A vision therapy session employs a variety of tools such as lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, and computer programs. These tools are used during in-office treatments and combined with daily exercises at home. The in-office sessions focus on helping patients recognize their visual shortcomings in a controlled environment, teaching them strategies to improve visual performance. The home-based aspect of the therapy aims to reinforce these new skills until they become second nature.

A person undergoing vision therapy might have experienced a range of symptoms indicative of various visual challenges. These symptoms are crucial in determining the therapy’s need for and focus. Common symptoms include difficulty maintaining place while reading, often losing track, or using a finger as a guide. Headaches during close-up work, eyes that burn, itch, or water excessively, and a tendency to fall asleep while reading are telltale signs.

Further indications include complaints of blurred or double vision, frequent skipping or repeating lines during reading, and the presence of an eye turn or lazy eye. Those undergoing vision therapy might also struggle with attention span while reading, have trouble completing assignments timely, or find their vision worsening as the day progresses. Excessive time spent on homework, poor handwriting, and experiencing dizziness or nausea during work are also common visual issues. Other notable symptoms include the tendency to tilt the head or close one eye when reading, difficulty copying from the whiteboard, an aversion to reading, and omitting small words while reading. In more severe cases, individuals may write with an upward or downward tilt, misalign digits or numbers in columns, have poor reading comprehension, or hold reading material too close. Challenges in accurately judging distances, general clumsiness, motion sickness, being mistakenly labeled as “lazy,” a “slow learner,” or having behavioral problems like AD(H)D are also signs that vision therapy might be beneficial.

Vision therapy is more than just improving sight; it’s about fine-tuning the eye-brain connection to enhance life’s visual aspects. Tailored to individual needs, whether for learning, work, or play, this therapy offers a personalized route to improve visual challenges. If you’re facing visual difficulties, consider how vision therapy could be your solution to seeing and experiencing the world more clearly.

Are you eager to discover the benefits of vision therapy? The first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye examination. You can request an appointment by calling Rancho Santa Fe Optometry at (858) 201-7956. And for added convenience, you can also request an appointment online by selecting the graphic below.

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Rancho Santa Fe Optometry offers comprehensive eye examinations for all ages. The office also provides therapy to remediate problems found.


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