Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy


Sometimes, we all need a little support. Glasses and contacts can improve your vision, but vision therapy seeks to support your overall eye health. Vision therapy aims to develop and enhance visual skills and comfort and change visual information processing. Our team at Rieger Eyecare Group in Normal provides quality vision therapy to help patients with eye care. We will use a combination of supervised in-office exercises like training glasses, prisms, filters, patches, or electronic targets to improve vision. 

The Importance of Vision Therapy for Children

It is estimated that 1 in every 4 children in the US suffers from a severe vision problem that will affect their learning. However, school vision screenings can miss up to half of these issues. Studies have shown that vision therapy can correct problems that interfere with efficient reading for school children. A comprehensive vision exam can check all aspects of eye health, vision, and visual skills.

Vision Therapy is beneficial for improving vision tracking to optimize eye movements for efficient reading and learning.

How Therapy Can Help

Vision therapy help the eyes, like physical therapy helps the body.  Vision therapy can help optimize binocular vision and promote development of the fine motor control of the eye.  Eye coordination is important for reading and learning so that a child can efficiently move their eyes and process visual information.  

Treating Eye Problems

Vision therapy can help treat problems like:

  • Amblyopia – Better known as lazy eye, this condition is caused by the eye failing to attain normal visual acuity. This is usually due to strabismus or anisometropia.  Vision therapy and patching treatment are quite successful in correcting amblyopia and developing equal use of the eyes.

  • Strabismus – Crossed or misaligned eyes resulting from a weak eye muscle or muscle overaction.  Vision therapy is successful in strengthening the eye muscles, developing depth perception and optimizing binocular vision. 

  • Eye movement disorders – Studies have shown that vision therapy can improve the accuracy of eye movements, especially saccades and smooth pursuits.  Saccades are the fine motor small movements that the eyes make when moving from word to word.  Inaccurate saccades will cause a child to lose their place, skip words, substitute words, overshoot words and scan backwards. 

  • Other problems – Vision therapy effectively treats vision problems associated with developmental disabilities, concussion and brain injuries.

Contact Us for Eye Care from Our Optometrist in Normal, IL

Here at Rieger Eyecare Group, our team is committed to providing our patients with the best eye exam and care they need. We strive to offer our years of experience to those in the Normal area suffering from vision issues and complications. Contact us at (309) 320-2020 to find out how our eye doctor can help you and your family's eye care today!

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