This is a great explanation of what Vision Therapy is from my son’s eye doc, Child and Family Eye Care:
(Pay special attention to the 3rd paragraph, OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED!)
“Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical and customized program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems an/or improve visual skills. Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, or eye surgery that alters the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles, vision therapy aims to “teach” the visual system to correct itself.
Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision.
If your child is struggling to read or finding it difficult to remain on task, the cause may be an undetected vision problem, even if your child’s eyesight is 20/20 and he’s passed the school’s vision screening. Many of these children are often suspected of having learning disabilities, dyslexia, or attention deficits, when the real culprit is their vision.
All parents recognize how vital good vision is to their children’s development. As children grow and mature, over 80% of what they learn is processed through their eyes. However, most people have a limited understanding of what good vision means. Good vision involves much more than just seeing clearly without glasses.