Vision Therapy Centre and Visual Rehabilitation Centre of Hamilton


20/20 just measures your visual acuity but doesn’t test your visual skills.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is a customized doctor supervised, non-surgical program that provides physical therapy to the entire visual system. Studies have shown that vision therapy and training can help reduce eyestrain and symptoms of computer vision syndrome, which affects many adults and children. It also helps improve the reading skills of children and hand eye coordination needed for sports. Vision therapy can also help with a lazy eye (amblyopia) or a turned eye (strabismus). It consists of a series of in office, computer and at-home therapy sessions unique and designed specifically for each patient.

Learning Related Vision Problems

1 in 4 kids have visual problems that can affect learning however school vision screenings can miss the majority of these problems. A comprehensive vision exam with an optometrist that specializes in vision therapy can check for aspects of eye health, vision, and visual skills, and can ensure you or your child is not struggling with an undiagnosed vision problem. Any child who struggles with schoolwork, sports, reading and/or attention may have an undiagnosed visual problem that can be confused with dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD.

If you are concerned about your child or student today, schedule a vision therapy assessment today!

It’s Never Too Late To Treat a Lazy Eye/Eye Turn

Strabismus, most commonly known as an “eye turn” or “crossed eyes” is due to the inability to point both eyes in the same direction such that the eyes appear misaligned.

Amblyopia most commonly known as a “lazy eye” is where the vision is reduced in one eye compared to the other due to the eye and brain not working well together. Until recently, patching the better seeing eye was the only method of treating amblyopia. However, new research has shown that vision therapy can be an effective treatment for strabismus and amblyopia, resulting in sustained and significant improvement.

If you or someone you know has a lazy eye or an eye turn, call our clinic today to find out how vision therapy can help you.

Vision Therapy for Brain Injury

There are several types of brain injury that happen after birth and can affect the way a person functions in their daily lives including affecting the visual system.

There are several types of Brain injuries including:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury – damage/alteration to the brain by an external physical force
  • - Motor Vehicle Accident
    - Bicycle Accident
    - A fall
    - Assault
    - Gun shots
    - Explosions, Blasts
    - Contact Sports
    - Concussion
    - Whiplash injury
    - Workplace injuries

  • Brain Tumour
  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Post surgical complications
  • Viral infection or inflammation
  • Vestibular (Balance) Dysfunction

How does a Head injury affect my eyes?

After a concussion/traumatic brain injury you may be told that you have 20/20 vision. But vision is more than seeing the small letters. When communication between the brain and eyes are affected the following signs/symptoms can occur:

  • Headaches
  • Double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of visual field
  • Loss of visual clarity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye focusing problems
  • Problems with hand and eye coordination
  • Problems reading and using the computer
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Problems with balance

What Treatments are Available?

- Glasses for reading and distance to help focus the eyes
- Tints to help with light sensitivity, glare, and relaxation
- Prism/Occlusion to help with double vision and vision confusion
- Vision Therapy/Neuro-optometric rehabilitation to improve eye movement and focusing ability

Optometric Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation can resolve many of the effects of Brain Injury. Please contact our office today to get more information on how we can help.

Vision therapy is an effective, drug free and safe treatment for both adults and children.

If you have any of the following signs and symptoms, call our office today for a full binocular vision assessment:

  • Eyes tired when reading or on the phone
  • Words jump, float or swim on a page
  • Feel sleepy after reading
  • Headaches when reading
  • Vision blurry at any distance
  • Double vision
  • Words run together
  • Skips or repeat lines when reading
  • Eyes burn, itch or water
  • Head tilts or closes one eye when reading
  • Has difficulty copying things off a chalkboard/whiteboard
  • Writes up or down a hill instead of straight
  • Holds reading items too close or sits too close to the computer
  • Trouble keeping attention when reading
  • Reading comprehension is down
  • Always says “can’t” before trying
  • Clumsy or knocks things over
  • Loses belongings
  • Forgetful memory
  • Difficulty completing assignments on time
  • Avoids sports and games
  • Poor hand eye coordination
  • Omits small words when reading
  • Eye turning in or out
  • Not seeing well in one eye compared to the other

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Our entire vision care team is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. Our optometrists provide comprehensive eye health and vision examinations to meet your specific visual needs.

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Perception Eyecare

Southmount Health Care Centre
(in the Fortinos Plaza)

35 Upper Centennial Parkway, Unit 1B
Stoney Creek, ON L8J 3W2

289 309-1030

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