Did You Know That Vision Therapy Can Help Treat Neurological Conditions?

Depending on the type of complication, standard glasses may be an effective intervention for correcting visual deficits resulting from acute or traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders and complications. If glasses are unable to correct the problem, vision therapy may be necessary to learn and refine visual-motor skills, and to improve daily living.

Did You Know That Vision Therapy Can Help Treat Neurological Conditions? in Olympia

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What Is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is like “physical therapy”, but rather than treating the body's muscles, it works on strengthening the eyes and ocular system. It is an excellent rehabilitative tool that has not only improved our patients’ visual skills but has also improved their emotional wellbeing. By enabling them to regain their independence and engage in daily activities, they become more confident. Such therapy is beneficial for children and adults. In the case of children, it can treat problems related to learning disabilities for improved academic performance.

Common Symptoms That May Require Rehabilitation

Symptoms that may be indicative of visual-motor difficulties related to neurological complications include:
  • Ocular movement abnormality
  • Difficulty with visual perception
  • Trouble with peripheral or central vision
  • Headaches/eye strain
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Removal of a foreign object
Contact a vision therapy specialist if you experience any of these symptoms. If symptoms worsen or persist, particularly in the aftermath of a head injury, seek medical attention right away.
Common Symptoms That May Require Rehabilitation
What Can Vision Therapy Accomplish?

What Can Vision Therapy Accomplish?

Vision Therapy (also known as “vision training”) is used to improve motor-vision skills for efficient inputting and processing of sensory data, refining tracking and eye movement, and improving the ability of the eyes to work together ("eye teaming"). Such therapy involves a series of exercises formulated under the professional guidance of an optometrist, that can be utilized in home and office settings.

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What Is The First Step?

The first step requires a comprehensive ocular examination to determine if therapy is the best option. If it is deemed necessary, the doctor will prescribe an individualized therapy program to train the eyes to work together, to track and perceive sensory data, and to properly utilize focusing skills. Strengthening basic motor-visual skills improves vision, allowing people with neurological complications to enjoy many activities such as reading, writing, playing games, and recognizing the faces of friends and family.

If you or someone you know is struggling with motor-visual skills, or if you suspect that you may be having such difficulty, contact us at (360) 491-2121 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation to determine if vision therapy is an option.

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Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

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I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

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Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

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Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

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