20/20 is not enough!
The term "20/20" does not mean that your visual system is capable of handling visual stress associated with every day demands.
When you look at something, you don't "see" with just your eyes... your eyes, brain, and motor skills work together to inspect, discriminate, identify, and interpret what you are "seeing". This coordinated team as a whole is referred to as the VISUAL SYSTEM.
Behavioral and Developmental vision care is an expanded area of optometric practice focused on the visual system as a whole. During an evaluation Behavioral and Developmental Optometrists are not interested in just visual acuity alone. They perform in-depth tests designed to assess very specific skills such as binocularity, accommodation, and oculomotor abilities. Also assessed during an evaluation is how well the eyes and brain are talking to each other - can they visually and efficiently perceive, process, and produce information.
Vision and eye care insurance plans that cover eye examinations, eye glasses or contact lenses DO NOT have any correlation to Vision Therapy and thus DO NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE.
It is the responsibility of the patient or patient’s parents/guardians to contact and have discussions with their insurance company and ultimately file their insurance claim. We are more than happy to provide our patients with itemized receipts so that they can pursue any insurance claims.
Visit our vision therapy clinic - Nielsen Vision Development Center - www.NVDCtherapy.com
Examples of what Vision Therapy is used for:
- develop visual processing skills (how the eye and brain communicate, process, and then produce information)
- re-establish or rehabilitate visual function skills (such as in the case of a traumatic brain injury)
- enhance visual skills (to provide the tools needed for efficient academic, professional & sports performance)
- improve and/or correct convergence excess/insufficiency
- improve eye muscle strength (when weak can cause amblyopia, strabismus and in turn - suppression)
Activities and exercises used in a Vision Therapy session work on skills such as:
- Eye Alignment (amblyopia, strabismus)
- Eye Teaming (how the eyes work together)
- Accommodation (how the eyes focus at different distances)
- Eye Tracking (the ability to fixate on and follow a moving target)
- Visual Processing (how well the eyes and brain are communicating with each other)
- Visual-Motor Integration (are all the "parts" functioning as a team)