Optometric Vision Therapy, also called VT, is that part of optometric care devoted to developing, improving, and enhancing visual performance. Vision therapy provides an opportunity for patients to develop their visual skills in the most efficient manner. When the visual system works more efficiently, more visual information can be received, processed and comprehended. Individuals with good visual skills read faster with less effort, understand more of what they read and retain it longer. Through vision therapy, patients are able to develop more efficient visual performance thus greatly enhancing their lives.
Vision therapy is the most effective approach to eliminating convergence and eye movement disorders as well as certain visual information processing disorders. This optometric specialty involves various non-surgical therapeutic techniques, solely dedicated to developing and improving visual performance; how people see, not just what see. It so successful because VISION IS LEARNED AND TRAINABLE.
None of us know exactly how others see, and especially children do not often recognize when some aspect of their vision is not “normal.” As a result, children with vision problems will often attempt to compensate for a vision problem through behavioral changes. For example, a child with reduced eye teaming skills may cover one eye when reading, giving preference to the “good” eye.
Dr. Judson has treated patients with visual difficulties (not just the need for glasses and contacts) of all ages. Her youngest vision therapy patient has been 3 years old and the oldest in his 80's. She does treat patients younger than 3 with home activities as needed.
When patients complete their vision therapy program, the changes that many experience are tremendous. Dr. Judson has asked many of her graduates to complete success stories of their journey with vision therapy to be able to share with others the successes that are possible. Please enjoy several of the success stories Dr. Judson has received over the years.
Over ninety percent of an athlete's performance is guided by their visual system. Sports vision involves the evaluation and treatment of an athlete's visual skills to enhance and improve his or her ability to excel in any chosen sport. Top athletic performance can not be achieved without top visual performance. Training specific visual tasks provides the guidance that an athlete needs to be successful. These essential functions should not be left up to chance. Athletes who have successfully completed sports vision training significantly out-perform those who have not.
Many people think that vision therapy is only for children. However, adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children. Vision Therapy is often more effective for adults because they are usually more motivated to improve their visual abilities, whereas children may not understand that they have a problem or how that problem may affect their interests or future.
This link contains excepts from an interview with Dr. Lenny Press, behavioral optometrist and author of the textbook Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy. He addresses questions and opinions in regards to vision therapy and directs the reader to relevant medical literature and web pages. He also discusses the many applications of vision therapy to a wide range of visual and learning difficulties.
Dr. Judson's passion is identifying and treating vision problems that are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. It is a joy when she is able to see her patients thrive in areas that previously caused struggles. As such, she strives to build strong co-management relationships with her referring optometrists so that she can remediate visual difficulties plaguing their patients and return the patient to them for all of their primary care needs.
Dr. Judson works closely with other professionals including other optometrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, reading and education specialists, psychologists, and medical physicians to provide an integrated and therapeutic approach.
Vision accounts for 80 percent of learning, but vision is more than eyesight. As an educator, you’ve probably observed students who struggle despite having good eyesight. But we see with our brain, not our eyes, and vision-related learning disorders affect as many as 1 in four people.
The Vision Leads Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable which accepts and administers donations to improve access to optometric vision therapy for the visual improvement and welfare of America’s citizens.