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. Dr. Karen Fortman and Dr. Denise Welker have also taken active roles in providing top-notch care for our vision therapy participants.
Continuing on 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.
Currently, Primary EyeCare Associates offers vision therapy services in it’s Sidney and Fort Loramie locations. Additionally, we look forward to expanding into Miami County in the Summer of 2018 by offering vision therapy at our Troy location.
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 can 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 and learn. Learning is dominated by the visual system. Estimates range as high as 80% of learning is done through our eyes.
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 and brain 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 others. For more in-dept information about vision therapy and all the ways it can help please visit www. COVD.org.
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 Dr. 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. A vision insurance plan will be helpful if glasses or contacts or needed, but not for vision therapy services. 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 in either our Sidney (937-492-2468) or Fort Loramie (937-295-3307) offices.
We look forward to providing you with “A Lifetime of Healthy Vision”