If you are dealing with regular headaches, eyestrain, double vision, or fatigue, we advise you to seek medical help before your condition worsens. Vision therapy is an effective way to deal with eye problems, and Barrie Vision Centre endeavours to provide vision therapy in Barrie that is customized to your needs. The process of vision is a complicated phenomenon. Although you are familiar with the concept of eyes working as a camera, there is much more to it than that. The light entering your eyes causes an electrical impulse that is sent to the brain through two channels (right and left). The brain processes these signals with other impulses from the body. The previous experiences associated with the image are also used in making a judgement of what we see.
Signs That You May Have Eye Problems
In case of discrepancy in the signals, discomfort and blur can ensue, which is common in high-demand visual tasks, such as reading. Apart from aligning properly on the words, your eyes must track words together, and keep things in focus. If it is not done properly, we spend most of our energy just trying to work out the words, and lose the meaning of the text. Signs that you may have an eye muscle or focusing problem are:
Blurred vision when looking up from reading material
Closing one eye while reading
Getting tired, or falling asleep when reading or working on the computer
Headaches with prolonged reading
Intermittent blurred vision, especially with near tasks
Losing concentration while reading
Skipping or repeating lines
Words run together when reading
You feel like the eyes aren't working together
Is Vision Therapy Helpful for Me?
Eyeglasses may help in some instances but not all. There are times where the visual system has developed bad habits to compensate for the visual stress and hence becomes inefficient. So you are forced to deal with headaches, eyestrain, double vision, or fatigue at the end of the day, to name a few. However, there is no need to panic, as vision therapy is a process done to retrain the visual system back to work properly and to alleviate these symptoms. It is more of a physiotherapy session for your eyes. We retrain the visual channels that are not working together, thus gaining balance and stability from both eyes. Some of the conditions that can be treated through vision therapy include:
Lazy eyes (amblyopia) and eye turns (strabismus)
Laterality issues (mixes up right and left)
Eye-hand coordination problems
Reading problems at work/school, even though the vision is 20/20 (this is especially important for children who are being assessed for learning disabilities – many times it's a visual problem that's the cause)
Traumatic brain injury/concussion
Not all optometrists are allowed to test for and/or treat these abnormalities. Schedule your appointment today.