Vision Therapy in Idaho
What Is Vision Therapy?
20/20 vision is but ONE of over 17 important visual skills required to function efficiently to perform well in school or sports.
Children with reduced vision skills may work harder than their peers, yet be unable to achieve the results they seek. Their poor vision skills may also cause them to struggle to concentrate throughout the day.
Vision therapy is an evidence-based program to effectively strengthen the specific vision skills impacting your child and has been clinically proven to increase reading levels, enhance comprehension, maintain longer attention spans and even improve sports performance.
See a difference in your child’s school performance!
If your child has been diagnosed with a reading or learning difficulty or just not reaching their potential at school, or on the sports field, schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Lewis for a functional eye exam. Over 17 visual skills will be assessed, including eye tracking, reading fluency, focusing and depth perception.
Don’t let your child suffer in silence.
Vision therapy might just be the solution you have been seeking. Talk to us! We’ll help your child maximize their visual skills and resolve any underlying visual problems impacting your child.
How To Know If Your Child Needs Vision Therapy
If your child has any of the following, vision therapy can significantly change his or her life for the better.
- Skipping words or lines while reading
- Still not reading at grade level
- Confusing the letters b, d, p and q
- Rubbing eyes or closing one eye when reading or doing near work
- Holding books too closely or tilting head when reading
- Eyestrain or headaches with schoolwork or computer use
- Difficulty with reading comprehension
- Blurred or double vision when reading
- Avoiding homework
- Poor attention span
- Fidgeting and squirming in the chair
Help Your Child Reach Their Potential With Vision Therapy
At Focus Vision Therapy Center we use a holistic approach to vision care. In addition to the usual eye exam, we also test the entire visual system (functional vision exam) to check that it has the developmental maturity, strength, and stamina to function optimally throughout the visual tasks performed on a daily basis.
Once we identify any vulnerable areas within the visual system that could interfere with reading and learning, we develop an effective vision therapy regimen made of individually-tailored eye exercises made to improve visual functions and retrain the brain to interpret visual input more accurately.
Contact Focus Vision Therapy Center today for a functional eye exam, or visit us with your concerns regarding your child’s vision, and we’ll be sure to find the best way to treat his or her visual problems.
What Parents Are Saying About Us
Have you ever watched your precious child struggle with the simplest task and thought, -Something is not right-? Have you ever watched him give up on things he wanted to do because he just couldn't do it and thought, -He should be able to do that. Something is not right"? Have you ever watched him begin to blame himself for not being good enough and decided you have to do something about this?
Maybe you've accepted that he is a little awkward when he runs. After all, not everyone is going to be a great athlete. Someone has to come in last — every time. Some of us fall over the furniture and dance like we have two left feet. Maybe you are waiting for him to find the one thing he will master and love.
But then school starts. Even though he's obviously plenty smart, reading is hard. He comes home discouraged and starts talking about not liking school. You talk to the teacher. She tells you what a good kid he is but has no ideas about what to do. You get his eyes checked, but new glasses don't help. You get his ears checked, he hears just fine (unless you are asking him to do his chores). You get a physical and the doctor says everything is fine. People keep saying to give him time but you know that something is not right. Something is very wrong.
If you are lucky, a friend will mention Dr. Lewis and the Focus Vision Therapy Center. Even though you have no idea what such a place does, you are desperate enough to try anything. There are assessments and words like amblyopia that you learn to understand. And then there are "lessons". Lessons on how to see differently.
Once it is all done, you notice that your son runs much faster and doesn't look so awkward. (What could that have to do with his eyes?) You hear the parents next to you at the ballgame point him out as the best player on the team. His reading scores move from "below expectations" to "outstanding" in less than a year. His conversations change from excuses not to go to school to conversations about how strange animals developed special traits to adapt to their environment.
Something is very right.
Thank you, Dr. Lewis. You and your staff completely changed the possibilities available to my grandson. I can't wait to see what he does with them.
Vision Therapy May Be What Your Child Always Needed | FAQ
Improve your child’s confidence levels with vision therapy!
Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment program that is typically compared to physical therapy, but for the eyes and brain. Vision therapy uses exercises, lenses, specific instruments, and occlusions to enhance visual function.
All vision therapy programs are customized and can result in significant lasting improvements within a relatively short period of time. To learn more, contact us today and discover how we can help your child improve their performances both in school and on the sports field.
Isn't 20/20 Vision Enough?
If a child has been told that they have ‘20/20 sight’, it means that they can clearly see the letters on the chart 20 feet away. The child may excel in reading the letters on the vision charts on the wall, yet lack the necessary visual skills needed for reading, writing, and learning — all of which can adversely impact their performance in school and in sports.
Keep in mind that school screenings, and even some regular eye exams, generally evaluate sight (visual acuity) only and most do not assess the essential vision skills required for sports, extensive computer use, reading and learning. Furthermore, it is common to not need glasses and still have poor visual skills. Therefore, a functional vision exam will determine whether a child has poor visual skills, and if so, a tailor-made vision therapy program will be put in place to help the patient succeed and reach their potential.
What Are Some Major Benefits of Vision Therapy?
Developing visual skills can lead children to become better learners and students. In fact, vision therapy can be a key component in preparing a child for higher education, as increased success can lead to a rise in self esteem and greater confidence in one's abilities. This newfound confidence will inevitably trickle into other areas, positively impacting the youngster's quality of life and achievements.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Results depend on the child's active participation and compliance with the program. Over time, the more one trains their brain, the easier and more automated the exercises will become. Gains can be experienced from as little as a few weeks to six months.