Sioux Falls Vision Therapy


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Vision Therapy

Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:
  • eye alignment,
  • eye tracking and eye teaming,
  • eye focusing abilities,
  • eye movements, and/or
  • visual processing.
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?

Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:

Learning-related Vision Problems

Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).

To learn more about learning-related vision problems, visit any of these web pages on:



Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination

Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).

To learn more about binocular (two-eyed) vision, visit any of these web pages on:



Convergence Insufficiency (common near vision disorder)

Recent scientific research -- funded by the National Eye Institute and conducted at Mayo Clinic -- has proven that in-office Vision Therapy is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.

To learn all about Convergence Insufficiency, go to:

Boy Reading Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), and Strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.)

Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better, however, our office successfully treats patients well past 21 years of age.

Recent scientific research has disproven the long held belief that children with lazy eye, or amblyopia, can’t be helped after age 7.

To learn more about crossed eyes, eye turns, or lazy eye, visit any of these web pages on:

Stress-related Visual Problems - Blurred Vision, Visual Stress from Reading and Computers, Eye Strain Headaches, and/or Vision-induced Stomachaches or Motion Sickness

21st century life demands more from our vision than ever before. Many children and adults constantly use their near vision at school, work and home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches, etc. To learn about these visual problems and vision therapy, see:

Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Birth Injury, Brain Damage, Head Injury, Whiplash, Cerebral Palsy, MS, etc.

Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system. Vision Therapy can effectively treat the visual consequences of brain trauma (including double vision).

To learn more about visual rehabilitation with vision therapy, see:



Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs - Developmental Delays, Visual Perceptual Visual-Motor Deficits, Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders

To learn more about vision therapy as it relates to developmental delays or disorders, see:

Sports Vision Improvement

Athletic Edge Academy

Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. At the Athletic Edge Academy powered by Visions Therapy Center, vision is more than 20/20. It’s about training the eyes and the brain to work better together to refine visual skills.
As the first program of its kind in the region, our program is designed to scientifically improve the visual skills of athletes by enhancing the ability to see, process, decide, and react. By evaluating the key components of your visual system, our sports optometrist will determine visual areas that can be improved. Our vision coach then administers the Senaptec Sensory Profile which will rank your performance against others at the same level. Combining the results, we formulate your Athletic Visual Profile to determine your unique strengths and areas for improvement. We will design a training program specific to your performance challenges in the following areas:  

  • Dynamic Visual Acuity: The ability to keep moving objects clear
  • Eye Tracking: The ability to keep your eye on the ball
  • Eye Focusing: The ability to change focus from one object to another quickly and clearly
  • Peripheral Awareness: The ability to see the whole field or court while looking at the ball
  • Contrast Sensitivity: The ability to distinguish an object from the background
  • Multiple object tracking: The ability to divide your attention between multiple moving things
  • Depth Perception: The ability to accurately judge distance and speed of the ball and other players
  • Eye-Hand or Eye-Body Coordination: The ability to use your eyes to effectively direct your hands/body
  • Reaction Time: The ability to quickly process visual information and respond appropriately

Elite athletes train their visual skills to get their competitive edge. Let us help you get your game on and get the edge.

 

Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Don't hesitate to contact our office with your questions.

To read definitions of Vision Therapy by outside sources, see What is Vision Therapy? and/or Vision Therapy? Self-help Eye Exercises?. To browse through hundreds of stories writtten by parents, teachers, adults and children, go to a national of catalog of Vision Therapy Success Stories.

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Visions Eye Care

6201 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
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Visions Eye Care
Monday 8:00am–7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am–5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am–5:30pm
Thursday 8:00am–5:30pm
Friday 8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am–1:00pm

 

Visions Therapy Center

6205 S. Minnesota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
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| Email Us (605) 271-7100

Hours for
Visions Therapy Center
Monday 8:00am–7:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am–5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am–5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am–5:30pm
Friday 8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday Closed