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Orthoptics Clinic

Binocular Vision / Vision Therapy Clinic

Vision Therapy: (also known as vision training)

Refers to therapy involving exercises which are aimed at improving visual skills such as eye teaming, binocular coordination, depth perception, focusing and eye- hand coordination. It is also used in the treatment of amblyopia or lazy eye. Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the entire visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision. Developmental optometrists involved in vision therapy use a variety of procedures to correct neurophysiological or neurosensory visual dysfunctions.

Overall, the goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be treated successfully with eyeglasses, contact lenses and/or surgery alone, and help people achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision.

Many studies have shown that vision therapy can correct vision problems that interfere with efficient reading among schoolchildren. It also can help reduce eyestrain and other symptoms of computer vision syndrome experienced by many children and adults.

Binocular Vision Assessment / Orthoptics:

Orthoptics is one type of vision training, but the term "Orthoptics" is not synonymous with "Vision Therapy," which describes a broader range of techniques used to treat a wider variety of vision problems.

The emphasis in orthoptics is on eye muscles and eye alignment (at least cosmetically), whereas the goal of vision therapy is to optimize the entire visual system, including the eyes and areas of the brain that control vision, visual perception and other vision-related functions. By treating the entire visual system, vision therapy aims to change reflexive (automatic) behaviors to produce a lasting cure.

The Binocular Vision / Vision therapy clinic at Sankara Nethralaya has state of art facilities like Computer based Vision Therapy system for diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision problems, perceptual difficulties, lazy eye, etc and many equipments to train your visual skills. The clinic has well trained optometrists and one of the optometrists is an international associate member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Aurora, OH, USA, that certifies developmental optometrists and vision therapists.

Services Provided:
Binocular vision assessment and treatment for non - strabismic binocular vision anomalies
Vision therapy for non - strabismic binocular vision problems
Computer software based diagnosis and treatment for various binocular vision ailments
Management of diplopia and other strabismic related issues using prism glasses
Exercises for lazy eye
Vision therapy for learning disability, learning related vision problems
Vision therapy for traumatic/ acquired brain injury
Infrastructure / facilities available:
A child working with the computer software to train binocular vision Binocular vision assessment done using
computer software
   
Binocular vision assessment done manually A child working with the pegboard to train eye- hand coordination/ to treat visual perceptual disorders, etc
   
Patients undergoing vision therapy using various equipments Patients undergoing vision therapy using various equipments
 
When Can One Benefit From Vision Therapy?
Symptoms of headache, eyestrain, blurred vision for distance / near after prolonged near work / computer use, diplopia, difficulty concentrating while reading, watering of eyes, sleepiness while reading, etc.
Children with above mentioned complaints, poor performance in studies even in the absence of any significant refractive error, watering, burning sensation associated with reading, etc.
A detailed eye muscle balance examination can help the patients with the above mentioned symptoms to identify the problems and take up vision therapy accordingly.

Please click on the following link to answer a questionnaire which will help you know whether you need a detailed binocular vision assessment.

Scoring Criteria: If you score more than 12, you require a comprehensive eye and binocular vision assessment.

Convergence Questionnaire
Parents, your kind attention please. Please click on the following link to answer a questionnaire which will help you know whether your child needs a detailed binocular vision assessment.
Functional Vision Questionnaire