At Eyedeology Eye Clinic, your Optometrist in Calgary, we provide comprehensive vision therapy services to help patients of all ages improve their visual skills and overcome various vision-related challenges. Our experienced optometrists and vision therapists are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans tailored to your individual needs.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is like a customized workout for your eyes and brain. It’s not about lifting weights, but instead improving how your eyes work together to see the world clearly. When regular glasses or contacts can’t fix certain vision problems, optometrists might recommend vision therapy. During these therapy sessions, you’ll do various exercises and activities to enhance skills like eye coordination, focus, and tracking. This kind of therapy works wonders for issues like crossed or lazy eyes, and it’s all about making your eyes and brain work together better. Each therapy plan is tailored to your specific needs and guided by a trained therapist in a clinical setting.
We cater to patients who have the following concerns:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eyes)
- Focusing issues, eye tracking and alignment issues
- Vision perception issues such as dyslexia, letter/number reversals, visual memory, eye-hand coordination, and spatial awareness.
Equally important, Vision Therapy can help with reading and writing, ADHD or learning problems, depth perception, tracking, special needs, and developmental delays. But our capabilities don’t end there- Vision Therapy also works to enhance performance in sports!
How does Vision Therapy work?
Upon referral to our clinic and a comprehensive assessment, you will have the opportunity to undergo an initial one-hour consultation with Laura, our experienced Vision Therapist for over 35 years. This initial session will serve as the foundation for the development of a personalized vision enhancement program carefully tailored to your specific needs. Next, you will be provided with a set of engaging and targeted eye exercises to address and improve your visual challenges.
Following the initial appointment, you will be scheduled for regular, shorter sessions during which you will meet again with Laura to review and refine your progress in implementing the prescribed exercises. Each appointment will be characterized by constructive and purposeful discussions, all geared towards optimizing your visual capabilities and overall well-being.
What can Vision Therapy help with?
We cater to patients who have undergone traumatic brain injuries, concussions, strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia (lazy eyes), focusing issues, eye tracking and alignment issues, vision perception issues such as dyslexia, letter/number reversals, visual memory, eye-hand coordination, and spatial awareness. Equally important, Vision Therapy can help with reading and writing, ADHD or learning problems, depth perception, tracking, special needs, and developmental delays. But our capabilities don’t end there- Vision Therapy also works to enhance performance in sports!
How do you know you need Vision Therapy?
Common signs of Visual issues include but are not limited to:
Appearance of eyes
- One eye turns in or out
- Red eyes/eyelids
- Excessive blinking
Complaints after using eyes
- Headaches on the forehead or temple
- Burning or itching eyes after reading or writing
- Print blurs after reading a short time
Behavioural signs of vision problems
- Loses place when reading
- Rereads or skips lines unknowingly
- Complains of seeing double
- Squints, closes, or covers one eye
- Writing crookedly
- Confuses left and right
- Confuses words
- Holds book/paperwork too close to eyes
- Difficulties in spatial areas of mathematics (geometry, fractions, trigonometry)
- Relying on auditory rather than visual learning
- Slow, inaccurate copying from the board
Benefits of Vision Therapy
Our Vision Therapy in Calgary offers a host of incredible benefits that can truly make a difference in people’s lives. Firstly, it’s a game-changer when it comes to everyday activities like reading, writing and using digital devices, making them more comfortable and efficient. For kids, this can mean improved school performance, helping with reading difficulties and concentration issues often tied to undiagnosed vision problems. It also fosters better hand-eye coordination, which is essential for success in sports and fine motor activities.
What’s even more impressive is that vision therapy can slow down conditions like crossed or lazy eyes, potentially avoiding the need for surgery. And let’s not forget the confidence boost it provides, especially for those who’ve struggled with vision problems that affected their self-esteem.
In summary, vision therapy empowers people of all ages to unleash their visual potential, promoting better eye health and an overall better quality of life.
The Vision Therapy Process
You will need a recent eye exam within the calendar year. If you have had one, your optometrist can refer you to us. You will then be booked for a vision therapy assessment with our Optometrist followed by a consultation with our Vision Therapist.
If you have not had an eye exam within the calendar year, you can book with us today using this link: https://eyedeology.visualbook.ca/booknow or call us at 587-353-5061 to book a Vision Therapy Assessment over the phone.
The costs associated with the vision therapy assessment and treatment are not eligible for coverage under Alberta Health Care. However, there is a possibility that your private medical insurance may provide coverage for these services. Please note that we do not offer direct billing for Vision Therapy invoices.
In a separate case, If you have sustained a concussion or experienced a traumatic brain injury and are currently engaged in a legal proceeding or lawsuit, it is possible for insurance to provide coverage for these services.
Meet the Vision Therapy team!
Laura has been doing Vision Therapy for 33 years and is very excited for this future partnership with eyedeology! She brings with her a background in education and psychology which fuels her desire to help people of all ages improve their visual potential.
Bailey is a former Vision Therapy patient that now works as an assistant. With Laura’s guidance, her eye issues improved substantially and she is now a model for the successful programs we offer here at eyedeology!
Rico, our hypoallergenic vision therapy dog, has 4 years of experience fostering a soothing and playful environment for patients! He loves people, treats, and doing agility in his spare time.