What is vision therapy?
Vision Therapy = Physical Therapy for the eyes
The primary way a person gathers information about the world is through their eyes. What the brain does with the information is what we call VISION.
Visual acuity refers to how well the eye can see or “quantity” of vision. Many people have 20/20 visual acuity but struggle with keeping the eyes on track, seeing clearly all of the time or seeing a single image. If a person struggles with these “quality” of vision issues, many activities of daily life may be challenging. Your visual system also helps to keep you balanced and oriented as you move, making it extremely important to overall daily life.
A program of Optometric Vision Therapy is customized for each person. Activities are chosen to address the specific needs of each person. Through specific techniques, using lenses, prisms, filters and specially designed equipment, a person is able to develop improved visual skills and visual perceptual abilities. Improving how the brain coordinates visual information can create wide spread change for a person. Many activities in a program of Optometric Vision Therapy involve integration of other body senses.
The goals of an Optometric Vision Therapy program are to improve activities of daily life through maximizing and integrating visual tracking skills, eye teaming skills, eye focusing skills and strategies for visual processing and perception.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) has more information on Vision Therapy HERE.
Vision Therapy is for ALL AGES!
Dr. Lane works with a variety of age groups. While the emphasis of her practice is on working with children, many adults can also benefit from Optometric Vision Therapy. Many of the adults Dr. Lane works with struggle with frequent eye strain and headaches, double vision or motion sickness. Dizziness, disorientation with movement, difficulty functioning under fluorescent lights and tiredness when reading can also be significant symptoms of a vision problem that can be addressed by Dr. Lane.
Dr. Lane takes a WHOLE-BODY APPROACH to Vision Therapy
In addition to using lenses, prisms, filters and specialty equipment, Dr. Lane incorporates her experince with movement into the program of Optometric Vision Therapy. Many children and adults struggling with visual skills also struggle with how they move their bodies and have poor body awareness.
In addition to being a Developmental Optometrist Dr. Lane is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and student of Reflex Integration. She completed her yoga teacher training through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. The Kriplau philosophy emphasizes the importance of learning skills to “take yoga off the mat.” Incorporating breath and movement into Optometric Vision Therapy creates sustainable change at the foundation of movement, learning and behavior. Dr. Lane actively incorporates Masgutova Neurosensorymotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) techniques into the programs of Optometric Vision Therapy she designs as well. The MNRI® technique helps create a sense of organization in the body. Many people struggling with visual skills and visual processing also have a difficult time knowing how their body moves. The exercises used in the MNRI® approach help a person learn how to gather and interpret information through their body sensations and movements. Fundamental to the MNRI® approach is the concept that the primary motor reflexes, present in utero, do not disappear as a person develops. These primary motor reflexes become integrated to allow for more conscious movements. Many people struggling with sensory processing deficits have either under active or over active reflex patterns present in the body. The exercises introduced consistent with the MNRI® philosophy strive to balance the neurological pathways and allow for optimal reflex integration. Through establishing this integration we allow other, higher level functions of the brain and body to take place. A well-integrated body allows for optimal visual skills and perception. For more information visit the masgutovamethod.com.