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Who is a Candidate for Vision Therapy

Who Is a Candidate for Vision Therapy?

It seems incongruous that someone can see very clearly, yet experience vision-related challenges. But that’s the reality for people who have an excellent vision but lack what’s known as “visual skills.” The ability to track the path of a thrown ball or to read a sentence in a book both require well-developed visual skills. Such skills can be learned, at any age. Dr. Shaun Golemba can offer customized vision therapy to help people develop their visual skills and reach their potential.

Signs That a Person’s Visual Skills Need Improvement

Some children and adults with even excellent eyesight need help to improve their visual skills. They may misjudge the distance to the curb while riding a bike or driving a car or lack the hand-brain coordination needed to catch a ball. While reading, they may inadvertently skip lines of text. The strain of reading may cause them to rub their eyes, suffer from headaches, become fatigued or lose concentration, or hold books too close to their eyes. Their vision may become blurry. Their reading comprehension lags and homework goes undone.

It’s no small matter. Approximately 1 of every 10 children has a visual problem that hinders learning, and unless addressed, the problem will continue into adulthood. Vision-related challenges affect a person’s performance in school, at work, and even while playing sports.

What Vision Therapy Is and How It Can Help

crayons coloring book coloring bookThrough a customized program, vision therapy can significantly improve the way the eyes and brain work together to achieve clear and comfortable vision at all times. Although vision therapy does not cure learning disabilities, it’s important that an eye doctor rule out visual problems, and treat them if diagnosed.

Vision therapy begins with a comprehensive eye examination with Dr. Shaun Golemba to test for visual acuity, depth perception, and whether the eyes are working in tandem; if vision problems are identified, Dr. Shaun Golemba can prescribe vision therapy, which would include exercises taught in the office once or twice a week, and reinforced through practicing at home.

Who Can Benefit from Vision Therapy

Vision therapy can help patients with these and other eye conditions:

  • Amblyopia (“lazy eye”): the vision in one eye is weaker because there is a stronger connection between the stronger eye than the weaker eye
  • Strabismus (“crossed eyes”): the eyes point in two different directions due to weak cranial nerves.
  • Double vision
  • Binocular-vision problems: eye strain that results from the eyes being slightly misaligned and not teaming as they should
  • Eye-movement disorders, eye-alignment problems (“turned eye” or “squint”), and eye-coordination problems
  • Accommodative disorders: trouble maintaining focus on a close-by object
  • Ocular motility dysfunctions: abnormal eye alignment or difficulty controlling eye movements
  • Visual-perceptual disorders and vision problems resulting from developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries

Vision therapy does not cure dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But many children and adults with these conditions also have visual problems, so a comprehensive eye exam is an important first step. Treating concurrent visual problems improves the lives of people who also have learning disabilities.

Vision Therapy Center At Valley Vision Optometry serves patients in Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Kootenay’s, and throughout British Columbia. We welcome your inquiries about whether vision therapy is right for you or your child.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

The following is a summary of the steps we have taken to protect your safety.

Physical Distancing Measures:

o Reducing density of people: We have adopted a schedule which will reduce the amount of patients in our facility at one time.

o We will have some of our team working from home operating a call centre and tele-medicine pre-screening.

o Spacing stickers have been placed on our floor.

Engineering controls:

o Forms have been digitized and will be emailed to patients in advance of the appointment to minimize contact.

o A “For Payment" button has been installed on our website, valleyvisionoptometry.ca for patients to be able to pay from home to minimize contact.

o Plexiglass barriers have been installed at all 3 Front Desk stations

o Our doors will remain locked during Phase 2, opening the door to let in scheduled patients only.

o A dropbox has been installed for patients to drop off glasses in need of repair.

o Contact lens sales are administered through our webstore.

Administrative controls:

o Cleaning protocols have been written. Staff training on these protocols has been scheduled.

o Clear rules are posted on our front door and throughout all of the stations in our office.

Personal protective equipment:

o Patients will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the office and throughout their time with us. Those who do not have a mask will be supplied a surgical mask upon entry.

Policies around sickness:

o Employees and patients with cold or flu symptoms will be required to stay home.

Frequent hand washing:

o Patients, Doctors, and our Team will be required to wash hands upon entry and exit in to the exam rooms.

o Eyewear Consultants will wear gloves when handling eyewear and performing adjustments.

We currently are operating a reduced schedule, so are triaging patients to ensure those with the highest needs are prioritized.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shaun Golemba

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