Vision Therapy

Vision therapy is often defined as physical exercise for your eyes and brain. Vision therapy targets the ocular motor muscles by training them to work as a coordinated team to help support academic performance. Our eyes are connected to our brain and if our muscles are not positioning our eyes correctly, we are sending incorrect images to the brain to be processed.

As result Vision therapy also incorporates the development of visual processing skills by working on the foundation skills needed for reading and learning. These skills are called Visual Perceptual skills which include the following 7 components:

  • Visual Discrimination
  • Visual memory
  • Visual Spatial Relation
  • Visual Form constancy
  • Visual Sequential Memory
  • Visual Figure ground
  • Visual Closure

Vision Therapy address the treatment of the following ocular motor areas related to vision:

  • Tracking
  • Saccades
  • Convergence
  • Accommodation
  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia or commonly known as lazy eye

Remember our body is equal to the sum of its parts and our eyes do not work in isolation to the rest of the body, thus the reason for there to be associated motor related areas which may be affected as a result of a poorly integrated visual system or vice versa.

Vision therapy incorporates the following visual motor areas as part of its holistic treatment approach:

  • Muscle Tone - Spatial Orientation and laterality
  • Balance - Bilateral Integration
  • Midline crossing - Hand, eye and foot coordination

Vision Therapy at the Dubai Community Health Center does include the support of software programs to support home program training as well as in house therapy. The programs used are:

HTS- Home Vision Therapy Software

Our Visual Brain

Vision Therapy assess the quality of vision and not the quantity. The first step to be eligible to start Vision therapy requires a comprehensive eye test to be done by a Behavioural Optometrist, Orthoptist or Specialized Ophthalmologist. See a link below which is useful to watch to have a better understanding of what a comprehensive eye test should entail:

See a list of signs and symptoms to look out for. If your child presents with 4 or more of the following symptoms below it is highly recommended to get an eye test done as soon as possible

Signs and Symptoms

  • Eyes that cross or turn in or out.
  • Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking
  • Eyes are teary after reading
  • Blurred or double vision (can be intermittent)
  • Chooses one eye to work with, closes one eye during academic tasks
  • Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye when reading
  • Suffers from red, burning eyes
  • Avoids near/distance tasks
  • Child struggles to move or walk in darker rooms or spaces
  • Become easily distracted, finding it difficult to remain on task
  • Have a short attention span or daydreaming in class

Signs and symptoms of visual strain related to reading and visual processing

  • Headaches after reading
  • Holds book too close to their face
  • Difficulty in taking notes from the blackboard
  • Reverses letters or words
  • Battle to recognize words
  • They get stuck on words they can't read or go back and re-read sentences
  • Presents as a slow reader
  • Often stops to try sound out a word
  • Don't recognize words they should know
  • Repeat sentences
  • Reading seems laboured
  • Skip words all together
  • Read without expression
  • Read below their grade level in terms of speeds
  • Have trouble comprehending
  • Omit, turn around, or confuse words or lines when reading
  • Lose their place or use their finger to follow a line of print
  • Need a lot of breaks during homework or tire quickly when they read
  • Fail to complete assignments on time

To know more about the qualifications of our key vision therapy experts, please refer to the following:

04 507 8000