Vision Therapy Blog

Doctor's Mailbag: December 2016

posted on December 22, 2016

It's time for another edition of our monthly feature, the Doctor's Mailbag. We answer questions that readers submit, and this month, we have a few good ones. If you have a question, please see the instructions at the bottom for how you can submit them.

Q: Why are so many doctors and other medical professionals against vision therapy?

A: To put it simply, it is a lack of training and/or education. Most doctors have been trained to treat with medicine, glasses and/or surgery. Vision therapy does not require any of those treatments. Many doctors and medical professionals that are against vision therapy just have not done their research. There are multiple studies on how effective vision therapy is for patients of all ages. A good resource is for research articles. But an even better research tool is opinions of parents and patients of vision therapy. There is a Facebook group organized and run by a mother of a child that unnecessarily had eye surgery, without being told about the option of vision therapy. Her frustration lead her to form this forum. This page allows you to read posts, as well as ask direct questions to all of its followers, most of which are more than happy to spread the word on how vision therapy changed their life.

Q: Why can't I do vision therapy at home?

A: Studies have been researched published in multiple optometric and ophthalmology publications on this very question. The results were that it is not as effective as office based vision therapy for two reasons. First, there are multiple types of equipment that are not available to the public and are critical to successful vision therapy. Second, professionals trained in vision therapy are a huge part of a successful vision therapy program. These professionals have training in both the condition, and how to best customize the vision therapy program to your particular condition, using the specialized equipment. Very often, vision therapy is never a cookie cutter program. Each patient has a unique way of learning and may exhibit remission if not trained properly to use their vision newly improved vision skills as vision therapy progresses.

Q: Why haven't I heard of vision therapy before?

A: Until recently, the optometric and ophthalmological professions have seen vision in three parts: Visual Acuity, Structural Integrity of the eye, and screening for diseases. This is what is typically checked during a routine eye exam. We now know that vision is neurological. Meaning, there are specific pathways in the brain, (around 65% of brain) which contribute to how we use our visual skills (there are about 17 skills). Understanding how to measure the neurology of vision is done by a specially trained Optometrist called a Developmental Optometrist. To find one in your area, visit

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