and DYNAMIC DUO PODCASTS
Our Dynamic Duo Podcast was featured in an article thanks to The Vision Therapy Center in southern Wisconsin! Check out the link to read all about it and discover more great resources on developmental optometry and vision therapy… http://www.thevisiontherapycenter.com/discovering-vision-therapy/dynamic-duo-enlists-others-to-spread-the-word-about-vision-therapy
In our January blog post we reviewed some of the visual issues that can arise with vestibular disorders. So to continue this topic further, we thought it’d be a good time to review treatment options that help address these challenging visual issues. An exam by a developmental optometrist is the first place to start to[…]
In our last blog post we discussed the connection between the vestibular system and visual system via the automatic function known as the vestibulo-ocular reflex. In this follow up post we’ll be covering the visual issues that can arise from an impaired VOR reflex. Nystagmus – Repetitive uncontrolled movement of the eyes in a side[…]
A great analogy for explaining the connection between the visual system and the vestibular system is described in an article by the Vestibular Disorders Association. That analogy consists of a photographer and camera. The vestibular system is the photographer that is responsible for holding the camera, the visual system, steady for producing clear pictures. So[…]
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, refers to someone who sees things more clearly up close rather than in the distance. There are at least three forms of myopia. Type I Myopia – present at birth (or soon after) in one or both eyes. This tends to be a more severe form of myopia and does[…]
A case series published in Optometry and Vision Science reviewed patient records during a time frame of 18 months from two private practices. Eighty percent of patients (175 out of 218) with a mean age of 20.5 years were recommended vision therapy after a concussion. Post-concussion vision problems were prevalent with the most common diagnoses[…]
Not only do poor visual skills cause difficulties in reading and learning in the classroom, but they also significantly affect your child’s performance on the field as an athlete. The visual system accounts for over 80% of the sensory information our brain relies on for directing the dynamic movement of the body. A great example[…]
A helpful approach to distinguishing these two terms is to think of vision therapy as the umbrella term for a treatment program that develops, restores, or enhances multiple areas of visual function and performance. Whereas orthoptics is just one component under this umbrella that addresses the mechanics of eye movements. Vision therapy is the broader[…]
Children with visual impairments experience greater difficulty with school-related tasks such as reading and writing, playing sports, and achieving success in future work roles. The most common vision problems in school-age children include focusing deficits, eye movement and tracking difficulties, amblyopia (lazy eye) and/or strabismus (wandering eye). Here are some signs to look for in[…]
Vision is so important; vision is integrated throughout the whole brain. Humans are very much visual-spatial beings and when the visual spatial skills, that are relied on, become compromised from a concussion, difficulties may arise. Those difficulties could relate to adverse cognitive, memory, physical, emotional as well as visual symptoms. A large percentage of people[…]
What Is Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation?
The goal of neuro-optometric rehabilitation is to strengthen the connection between the brain and visual system through the concept of neuroplasticity. Treatment includes a variety of specialized tools and equipment such as therapeutic lenses, prisms, filters and digital interactive targets. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is supported by ongoing evidence-based scientific research. Treatment plans are established and supervised by developmental optometrists.
Many people think that neuro-optometric rehabilitation is only for children. However, adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children. Unfortunately many people have visual difficulty sustaining near-centered work, including reading, writing, and computer use. When people have trouble using both eyes together or can't focus for great lengths of time, they do not simply grow out of these problems. Children with visual problems often become adults with visual problems.
Vision is Complex
Vision is a complex process that involves over 20 visual abilities and more than 65% of all the pathways to the brain.
Vision Is Our #1 Sense for Learning
Over 80% of what we learn is processed through our visual system. Delays or impairments in this sensory system can therefore greatly impact you or your child's ability to succeed in school, at work, and in daily life.
Vision and Reading
80% of children with a reading disability have difficulties with one or more basic visual skills.
Prevalence of Undiagnosed Vision Problems
1 in 4 children has an undiagnosed vision problem which can interfere with learning and lead to academic and/or behavioral problems.
Welcome to DCVT
How Do I Get Started?
Schedule an Appointment
We are happy to answer any questions you have when you schedule an appointment. Patient health forms are located in the menu bar at the top of this page. You may print and complete them prior to your first appointment. Please note a referral is not required.
Our treatment process begins with an initial exam to determine if neuro-optometric rehabilitation is necessary. Patients meet with one of our developmental optometrists for a comprehensive exam to assess ocular health, motility, and binocular vision. Our initial exams take anywhere from 60-90 minutes to complete in order to obtain a thorough review of your visual skills.
Visual Processing Assessment
Your initial visit may also include standardized assessments to determine any strengths or weaknesses in visual processing skills (visual memory, discrimination, spatial relations, etc). The need for this additional testing will be based on your reported symptoms and the results of the neuro-optometric exam.
Our rehabilitation program is an office-based treatment consisting of specialized activities used to strengthen the connection between the brain and our visual system. Treatment plans are individually programmed and carried out by our specially trained developmental optometrists and vision therapists. Therapy sessions are typically scheduled for 60 minutes once a week.