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Doctor's Mailbag: February 2017
Inside: Microprism glasses, vision therapy with physical therapists, finding a vision therapist

posted on February 18, 2017

It's that time of the month again! We're ready for another edition of the Doctor's Mailbag, and we have three common questions that we'll be answering this week, so be sure to read on to check them out. Share this article with friends who may be interested, and feel free to submit a question for the next mailbag: there are directions at the bottom of the page.

Q: Are Physical Therapists or Occupational Therapists trained to do vision therapy or vision rehabilitation? Why do I need a vision therapist?

A: The short answer is no. Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain as well as improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery, often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. Occupational therapists are highly-educated, licensed professionals who are trained to focus on interventions for adapting to the patients environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.

Some PT and OT organizations offer weekend courses on vision therapy. This is not a substitute for a Board Certified Vision Therapist who is professionally trained to help patients with vision-related learning, reading, movement, balance, cognitive and vision skills like lazy eye or double vision. Vision therapists also work directly under the care of a Board Certified Developmental Optometrist. This allows for constant evaluation and management of the patients ever changing healing process. Most people do not realize that vision is what leads the body, and therefore should be the first place a patient suffering from any injury/stroke or learning disability should be evaluated. Studies have shown that vision therapy can speed up the recovery and enhance other therapies like physical, occupational and speech.

Q: Do micro prism glasses help with double vision or dizziness? If so, is there a board certification for doctors who recommend prism?

A: Micro prism is a term used to provide a patient with temporary and short-term relief from double vision and some sorts of balance disorders. In fact, micro prism will delay overall treatment because they treat symptoms and not conditions. The American Optometric Association’s position on micro prism is that vision therapy should be the first line of treatment. Micro prism can be prescribed by any optometrist or ophthalmologist; therefore there is no need for board certification or specialized training.

Q: Where can I find a vision therapist near me if I'm not close to your office?

A: The College of Vision Development is the international training and certification organization for Optometrist and Vision Therapists. They have excellent resources including locations of a Developmental Optometrist and Vision Therapist. Go to www.covd.org to start your search by zip code.

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Advanced Vision Therapy is a practice located in Strasburg, PA, that is closely associated with Strasburg Family Eyecare. Accredited by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Advanced Vision Therapy has been a leader in vision therapy for over a decade and sees better results than nearly any practice in the area. Check out some of our success stories and contact us for more information.

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