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The Ultimate Guide To Vision Therapy

Are you concerned your eyes aren’t working well together? Do you find yourself easily tired after reading a book or working on the computer? Do you get headaches ?

Is your child struggling at school? Do they lose their place easily, complain of blurry words, or double vision?

If so, you may benefit from vision therapy

In the video below, Dr. Fayiz Mahgoub reviews exactly what you need to know about vision therapy.

How does vision work?

Vision is a learned ability. It’s not unlike our ability to speak, walk, read, or write. We weren’t born knowing how to do these things. Instead, we were able to acquire these abilities over time.

In fact, our ability to see comes from seventeen visual skills that we begin learning early on and continue to enhance throughout life.

What is vision therapy?

Vision Therapy is a series of exercises for the eyes and brain. It is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities.

Many patients who have been told, "it's too late," or "you'll have to learn to live with it" have benefited from vision therapy.

How does vision therapy work?

Vision therapy works by using a combination of lenses, prisms, and vision exercises that help the brain learn how to see. These exercises improve our visual skills by enhancing the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of those skills which, when they all come together, improve our overall visual ability.

Who is vision therapy for?

Vision therapy is prescribed for people’s who are having difficulties that are related to learning, people who are experiencing eyestrain, or people who are recovering from a brain injury. While it’s most effective for younger individuals, it can be done by people of all ages with varying results.

Important vision-related symptoms that may be improved with vision therapy

If you or you're child are experiencing any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you consider vision therapy:

Struggling to pay attention in class

Presenting as verbally bright but struggling to read and write

Know the answer but fail to express it

Struggle to see the white board

Struggle to sit still

Consistently call out

Fail to look and listen at the same time

Avoid reading out aloud

Struggle to read their/your own writing

Struggle to spell

Have low self esteem

Struggle with maths

Get angry and frustrated

Develop avoidance strategies

Complain of headaches

Struggle to listen or pay attention

Fail to recognise the same word in the next sentence

​Mirror write

Spell phonetically

Use capital letters within a word

Confuse b’s and d’s, ps and q’s

Reverse numbers

Are they clumsy?


Siena was struggling to read her piano music. The words went blurry and she was experiencing double vision. She visited Ruth Perrott and Fiona Healey at Vision Care Development in York and after 6 sessions of Vision Therapy had a miraculous result.

​When is vision therapy prescribed?

Vision therapy is usually prescribed after a comprehensive eye exam or a visual efficiency evaluation that is performed by your optometrist. Your eye doctor may perform additional testing to isolate the visual skills that you’re struggling with before prescribing the exercises and vision correction tools needed to help you learn those visual skills.

Your doctor will also retest your visual skills during progress evaluations that happen during the course of vision therapy.


The vision exercises prescribed as part of vision therapy are designed to teach your brain how to use your eyes more effectively as well as learn how to interpret the information coming from your eyes. These exercises target specific visual skills and improve performance in those skills.

Interested in learning more about vision therapy? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today. Also, feel free to comment below with any questions you may have.

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