At Southeastern Indiana Vision Development Center, Dr. Eric Weigel and the therapists use a wide range of optometric vision therapy methods to help treat several eye-related conditions, such as convergence insufficiency, oculomotor dysfunction, and binocular dysfunction to name a few, without the use of surgery. Dr. Weigel prescribes personalized therapeutic plans, which are individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient in order to ensure the best possible treatments results. Our team at the Southeastern Indiana Vision Development Center offer the following services to patients in Greensburg and the surrounding areas.
Visual Performance Evaluation
All patients receive a comprehensive visual performance evaluation, which includes a complete visual work-up, including a discussion of the patient’s health and visual history and symptoms to aid in diagnosis, a visual acuity test, a chair-side visual skills evaluation, and a battery of performance tests to assess eye teaming, eye alignment, eye focusing, eye tracking, and accuracy of the reading eye movements with the ReadAlyzer computer based tracking recorder. It is recommended that patients schedule a comprehensive eye exam annually for early diagnosis of eye conditions to maintain optimal ocular health. These comprehensive annual exams should be completed before a patient is seen at the Southeastern Indiana Vision Development Center.
Optometric Vision Therapy
Optometric vision therapy uses various non-invasive procedures and exercises to improve eye conditions and eye function. Not to be confused with exercises aimed at strengthening the eye muscles, optometric vision therapy exercises improve visual abilities, function, skill, ease of use, comfort, and the ability to process visual information. Depending on patient diagnosis, Dr. Weigel will treat visual conditions using various optometric vision therapy techniques including orthopic, behavioral, visual processing, perception therapy, and sensory learning. Optometric Vision therapy sessions usually last 45 minutes and are scheduled once per week.
Optometric Visual Rehabilitation
Patients who have suffered any ailment, disease, or injury which has resulted in a vision impairment require visual rehabilitation. Patient’s that suffer mild traumatic brain injuries, strokes, concussions, etc. can experience visual impairments that can be aided by optometric visual rehabilitation. During optometric visual rehabilitation, patients will undergo various treatments and optometric vision therapies to restore their visual abilities to an optimal level of function.
Sports optometric vision therapy aims to optimize the visual process of athletes, and to reduce the risk of injury through faster visual processing, by enhancing both visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills. Using optometric vision therapy procedures and compensatory glasses and/or contact lenses to maximize visual acuity, Dr. Weigel allows athletes’ to develop better visual motor skills and cognitive perception of visual information after completing the specialized optometric vision therapy program to maximize their performance.
Common Questions about Optometric Vision Therapy
There is more to optometric vision therapy than simply strengthening the eyes. It also enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain. Eyes are the windows of the brain. It directly influences sight based on how it interprets images received. A healthy connection between the eyes and the brain is essential for good eyesight.