Vision Therapy is teaching your eyes and brain to work together as your Visual System, think of Vision Therapy as Physiotherapy for your Visual System
A sight test often just covers the very basics of your visual functioning. Many patients have had an eye examination and have been told that their eyes are fine, despite you or your child feeling that this is not the case. These patients are frequently referred onto Peter for a more in depth examination.
Good eyesight does not necessarily mean good vision. You may be able to see a rugby ball from a great distance, but this does not mean that you can throw and catch this ball easily, as this involves more than just being able to see the ball, it involves the entire visual processing system.
You may have heard of a Myers Irlen/Irlen Syndrome test; also known as a scotopic sensitivity test or coloured lens assessment, where coloured tints can be prescribed to help process information. The use of coloured overlays or specific coloured tints have been reported to help around 30% of patients, and we are happy to test this here at Turners. You can read more about precise colour testing here.
Furthermore, in addition to these tests, Peter has an even higher success rate in helping his patients to see, read and play sports, with his Optometrist Vision Therapy Clinics. If you, or your child are experiencing difficulties with school work or study, such as: words moving on the page, jumbling of letters, lines of text jumping around, blurred vision, or general reading difficulties or trouble concentrating on school work, then Peter’s Vision Therapy Clinic is highly recommended for you.
If what you have read so far rings true, the Vision Therapy Clinic with Peter is available at both our Fishponds and Henleaze practices. During the assessment, Peter will take the time to listen to your child’s concerns, consider the environment in which they experience visual difficulties, as well as carefully examining and assessing the strengths and weakness' of your child's visual system. The key difference with this thorough approach of testing the eyes is taking the time to consider how we really use our eyes. In simple terms, using our eyes is what we call our sight, however, we actually need vision not just sight to be able to understand and interact with the world around us.
Sight is when we look at an object e.g. Letter or Number E.g. We see a page with letters on it
Vision is a learned awareness and perception of visual experiences that results in a thought process and / or physical action. E.g. We look at the page of letters arranged in groups and recognise words, and by reading the words in sequence we understand and can enjoy the story.
Following a detailed visual assessment Peter will provide a written report and diagnosis. The resulting diagnosis guides your personal treatment plan for you or your child should you wish to consider optometrist vision therapy (OVT).
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So what is this all about then you are probably asking? Optometric Vision Therapy is the process of first understanding and then seeking to improve the visual performance of our patients.
Who can benefit? Patients from reluctant readers, through those with motion sensitivity to those with eye turns/decompensating latent strabismus and so many other difficulties in between.
Who are we? Optometric Vision Therapists (OVT’s) or Behavioural Optometrists - well both are different ways of describing the same person.
But who are we really? Behavioural Optometrists - someone who has a specialist interest, in-depth training and experience in the study of how their patient’s eye and vision system behave in both normal day to day activities and during times of additional loading of the visual system.
What can we do for you? Behavioural Optometry can sound a little confusing. When explaining our approach, what and how I do my assessments & vision training patients have commented ‘oh you mean like Eye Gym’ and ‘so it’s like physiotherapy for the eyes & visual system’. I think both of these as well as visual system training for improved day to day visual performance explain what we do better than just saying it’s behavioural optometry, which quite frankly often just confuses both fellow health professionals and patients alike!
What can we do for you? If you think of the visual system as a pyramid. In this example a normal sight is testing the tip of the pyramid - do your eyes & visual system integrate in a seamless, efficient & stable way to let you see and perform normal visual tasks with ease?
If so well done. Return for a sight test in a year or two and carry on as normal. If you still have unexplained symptoms or visual difficulties then what next? You may try a binocular vision assessment or a coloured overlay / precise tint assessment - both of these are a layer further down the pyramid, but are still not giving the complete picture.
An Optometric Vision Therapy assessment (specialist vision assessment) is a look down to the bottom of the pyramid to assess the foundation blocks of your visual system. A strengths & weaknesses assessment of the components your visual system is made of & how these do - or often do not, integrate with each other. The benefit to you is that this assessment gives a deeper understanding of why you experience the symptoms and difficulties that you do.
This detailed information then lets your Optometric Vision Therapist (OVT) understand the underlying reasons for your symptoms and visual difficulties. As with so many things, once we understand the why (a diagnosis) and know what’s wrong the treatment process with your Vision Therapist (VT) is so much more straightforward.
This is Optometric Vision Therapy
Peter has excellent results of over 95% success with his three step process: 1. Showing you or your child how to use their visual system more effectively, sometimes in new ways 2. Building stamina in your visual system 3. Helping you learn fine control of your visual system
To Book Your Appointment Call 0117 962 2474 or 0117 965 4434