Vision therapy has been used as a non-surgical way to improve functional vision for centuries. Primary EyeCare has offered this valuable service to it’s patients for well over 40 years! Starting in 1976 as a personal passion of, now retired, Dr. Dale Barr, it is not unreasonable to say literally THOUSANDS of children have been helped through vision therapy at Primary EyeCare.
Continuing on in this tradition is Dr. Lauren Grillot. Dr. Grillot specializes in pediatric and behavioral optometry. She thrives on helping improve the lives of her patients through optometry and vision therapy.
Primary EyeCare Associates is pleased to offer vision therapy services in our
Sidney, Fort Loramie and Troy offices.
FAQs about Vision Therapy:
Q: What is Vision Therapy?
A: To put it in the simplest terms, it is similar to physical therapy for the visual system! It involves not just the eyes, but the brain and body as well. You may have perfectly healthy eyes that see 20/20 visual acuity, but you can still have a problem with how those eyes work together or work in conjunction with the brain. Often, these problems interfere with how we read, learn and perform specific tasks in our daily lives.
Vision therapy is a program of exercises, designed and monitored by a trained optometrist, often implemented by a vision therapist. These exercises train the eyes, brain and body to work together efficiently. Vision therapy can help a variety of eye conditions such as Strabismus (crossed eyes), Amblyopia (lazy eye), Convergence Insufficiency and Convergence Excess ( the inability to be able aim the eyes correctly on a page or while looking close) and problems with Accommodation (focusing) as well as many others. For more in-dept information about vision therapy and all the ways it can help please visit www. COVD.org.
Q: Who would benefit from Vision Therapy?
A: A majority of the patients we see in our clinics are students struggling with reading and learning issues. Learning is dominated by the visual system, as much as 80 percent! An estimated 1 in 4 children have some sort of a visual issue that interferes with reading and learning. Poor visual skills can play a large part in the struggle some children face in learning to read and overall academic achievement. Correcting and enhancing those skills through vision therapy can have a tremendous effect on student success.
In addition to students we also see adults struggling with functional vision, rehabilitating from stroke, Tramatic Brain Injury, or with special needs.
Q: What is my first step ?
A: If you think vision therapy may be of benefit to you or your child the first step is always a full comprehensive eye exam. This can be with your already established doctor, or any of our doctors at Primary EyeCare Associates. A comprehensive eye exam will detect any refractive error such as nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatism that can be corrected with glasses or contacts. A comprehensive eye exam also will check the overall health of the eyes, an important aspect to good vision.
While you are at your exam, please mention to the optometrist that you are interested in vision therapy. Ask them to make a referral for a Developmental Vision Evaluation, however a referral is NOT necessary. You can call the vision therapy department and schedule a Developmental Vision Evaluation yourself after your comprehensive exam.
A Developmental Vision Evaluation is specialized testing to determine if vision therapy will improve your child’s condition. This testing usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours and both an optometrist and a vision therapist will be involved. If vision therapy is recommend, then a therapist will go over the program options, available times and cost with you and answer any questions you have about getting started.
Q: Will my insurance cover vision therapy?
A: Vision therapy may be a covered services under your major medical insurance. We will help determine if coverage is available thru your major medical insurance and can bill any insurances that Primary EyeCare Associates is a provider for.
If you would like more information on our services, or to schedule a Developmental Vision Evaluation, please call and ask for the Vision Therapy Department:
- Sidney : 937-492-2468
- Fort Loramie: 937-295-3307
- Troy: 937-339-2115
- Email: VT@primaryeyecare.org
We look forward to providing you with “A Lifetime of Healthy Vision”