Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?

You may have heard vision therapy mentioned as a treatment option for your child’s vision problems. Naturally, the first question that comes to mind is: Can it actually help?

Can Vision Therapy Help My Child? in Olympia

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A vision therapy program has shown to be effective at treating a variety of different developmental vision issues that can affect a child's performance in the classroom and during sports activities.

You may have heard vision therapy mentioned as a treatment option for your child’s vision problems. Naturally, the first question that comes to mind is: Can it actually help?

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is termed by optometrists as an attempt to develop and/or improve visual skills and abilities, improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency, and change the visual processing and/or interpretation of visual information.

Vision therapy programs consist of supervised, in-office treatment as well as at-home reinforcement exercises, over a period ranging from a few weeks to several months. It can be compared to physical therapy

Along with the exercises, corrective lenses, filters, patches, prisms, balance boards, and electronic targets can be used as part of the treatment plan.

What is Vision Therapy?
What Problems can Vision Therapy Correct?

What Problems can Vision Therapy Correct?

Vision therapy has been shown to be effective in treating many different vision issues, including strabismus (conditions where the eyes do not align properly when looking at an object), amblyopia (lazy eye), eye movement disorders, and focusing disorders. It can also help with visual perception disorders, along with vision problems caused by developmental disabilities or ones acquired through brain injury (such as from an accident or a sports injury.)

What Problems can Vision Therapy Correct?

Proven Effectiveness

Vision therapy is a proven science, and there have been more than 260 articles published attesting to its effectiveness.

Visual therapy is based on cutting-edge techniques and exercises that work with the whole visual system to improve visual function, much like physical therapy does with the body to fix  a physical issue.

While corrective lenses can effectively treat many vision issues (some of which vision therapy cannot correct), there are others that lenses alone will not fix, and many of these potential issues can be ones which, if left untreated, can cause a child to have a much more difficult time in school.

Personalized Treatment

Specialized eye doctors and therapists will work with you and your child to craft a treatment plan suited to their unique needs, combining both in-office sessions and at-home exercises.

Reclaim Academic Confidence

Self-confidence is often a challenge enough for children in school, even without learning difficulties. With difficulty learning, life becomes that much harder, even worse if others start to assume they have a learning disability. Vision therapy is a proven way to help your child reclaim their ability to learn effectively, which will only help increase their confidence and enjoy the school experience more.

What is Vision Therapy?

Common Questions

To put it simply, a vision therapist is a person under the supervision of an optometrist who conducts therapeutic activities to help a person who suffers from a visual disorder.
Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?
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Can Vision Therapy Help My Child?

A vision therapy program has shown to be effective at treating a variety of different developmental vision issues that can affect a child's performance in the classroom and during sports activities. You can schedule an eye exam by calling (360) 491-2121. Patients with developmental vision issues visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of developmental vision services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.

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Testimonials


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.


Anna P.

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.


Christine R.

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.


Lars Wulff

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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