Experience Vision Therapy At The Solution Center Serving Greater Columbus & Central Ohio
At the Solution Center in Westerville, Ohio we see patients from all over the Columbus area who are looking for highly specialized Vision Therapy. Our team of eye doctors, therapists, and staff are passionate about what we do. We see the tremendous life-changing impact that Vision Therapy offers to our patients. We care for infants to teens, patients with special needs, and athletes of all ages.
Our goal is to help every patient have a wonderful experience and work at their best pace to graduate from Vision Therapy. Our eye doctors are also experienced and skilled in providing vision care and comprehensive eye exams for children with autism, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. Some of the visual/neuro-optometric conditions we diagnose and treat are issues involving eye tracking, eye teaming, convergence insufficiency, strabismus, and amblyopia.
Vision Therapy is a process where the brain and the eyes are taught to work together more effectively. There are many elements in play with vision such as eye tracking, eye teeming, and eye focusing. Vision Therapy works like physical therapy where the therapists works at the patients pace to help them achieve their goals.
Vision Therapy Is Used For:
- Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
- Strabismus (Eye Allignments, wandering eye, cross eyes)
- Binocular Vision Problems (Slight issues that cause eye strain and fatigue)
- Accomadative Focusing/Function (Problems related to strain caused from focusing.
- Vision Issues due to stroke, brain injuries, and developmental issues.
Vision Therapy is an individualized program of physical therapy for the eyes and brain – it is a highly effective form of treatment for non-refractive vision problems such as low vision, eye alignment and lazy eye. It can help correct vision related learning issues and even improve vision related sports performance.
Visual conditions that cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy.
Supervised, treatment programs are designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures intended to enhance the brain's ability to control:
- eye alignment
- eye teaming
- eye focusing abilities
- eye movements
- 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.
Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems! Don't hesitate to contact our optometry practices in Westerville and Johnstown, OH with your questions. To read definitions of Vision Therapy by outside sources, visit children-special-needs.org. You are also invited to look through a National Catalog of hundreds of Vision Therapy Success Stories.
Join us for this FREE workshop to learn more about how to overcome roadblocks in learning, and receive a $50 gift certificate for vision therapy testing!
The Solution Center is part of the Professional Vision Care group with full scope optometry practices in Westerville and Johnstown as well as a pediatric practice in Westerville. The Solution Center was founded as a way to better provide for the vision needs of our community. Our eye doctors, therapists and staff are passionate about helping children achieve their best and maximize their vision. We offer full scope Vision Therapy, pediatric eye exams for infant-18, and special needs eye care.
The Solution Center is led by Dr. Carole Burns O.D. F.C.O.V.D, Dr. Burns is a speaker for the Vision Council of America and lectures nationally on the topics of pediatric vision, binocular vision disorders, sports vision, and learning-related vision disorders.
This near-vision problem is the leading cause of eyestrain, blurry vision, and double vision.
Research demonstrates that the traditional focus exercise often called "pencil pushups" are ineffective.
The only consistently effective treatment for convergence insufficiency is Vision Therapy.
A study of almost 700 5th and 6th graders indicated that convergence insufficiency is much more common than many assumed.
With 13% of students having CI, as well as demonstrating that of the children who showed three signs of CI, 79% where classified as being accommodative insufficient as well.
Special Needs & Vision
Special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, etc...often means children struggle with hand-eye-coordination. Those with such challenges, or anything requiring Occupational Therapy, gain immensely from Vision Therapy.
A regimen of customized focus & perception exercises will improve depth perception & fine motor skills.
- 45% of patients with down syndrome have strabismus/cross eye.
- As many as 40% of autistic people have strabismus/cross eye.
- Estimates of incidences of strabismus in children with cerebral palsy go as high as 88%, Vision Therapy is effective for children with this.
Strabismus & Amblyopia
Strabismus and Amblyopia are forms of visual acuity problems that persist even with prescription lenses. In order to avoid double-vision, the eyes will often be misaligned resulting being "cross-eyed" or a "lazy eye". This not only makes it difficult to see and coordinate effectively, it can also be socially devastating.
The traditional treatment has been patching, which contemporary research has found to be only partially effective at best, completely ineffective at worst.
Unlike patching, Vision Therapy has consistently found to be an effective treatment for strabismus and amblyopia, resulting in sustained and significant improvement.
Learning Disability & Vision: What Does The Research Say?
Connection: Learning Disabilities & Vision
60% of learning disabled students failed two or more binocular vision tests according to research by the Waterloo School of Optometry.
The study was performed on students who had never received an eye exam and did not wear glasses or contacts. The research confirmed that children with learning disabilities, especially reading related learning disabilities have an extremely strong chance of having binocular issues (problems with the eye working together).
How Many Students Have Binocular Vision Problems?
According to research performed by The AAO 32% of university students had Binocular Vision Issues.
The conclusion of this study is:
"Because these dysfunctions have a negative effect on performance, appropriate vision evaluation for this population is extremely important.
In this study 31% of the students needed Vision Therapy for symptoms such as eye strain, double vision and headaches.
Vision Therapy: Reading & Dyslexia
Reading is the perfect example of a complex visual task that requires skills such as eye tracking and focusing (accommodation), eye teaming and coordination (Binocularity).
According to Dr. Debra Walhof M.D, member of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
"It is important to remember that normal sight may not necessarily be synonymous with normal vision..." Learn more about reading and vision therapy.
The following is a video by Susan Barry, PhD about her experience with Vision Therapy:
This video is more comprehensive and goes into a lot more detail about the visual process:
Here is another great video which explains what 3D movies can tell you about your vision:
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