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Vision Therapy

We love helping our patients enjoy the beauty of life by improving their vision. At our Vision Therapy Center we treat a variety of vision problems through retraining the eyes with special exercises and activities. These patients leave our program with dramatic vision improvement, heightened school performance, and positive self esteem.

Female Child Eye Exam 1280x853We provide diagnostic and therapeutic care for children and adults with the following types of vision problems:

  • Learning Related Vision Problems
  • Strabismus and Amblyopia
  • Concussion/Acquired Brain Injury
  • Sports Vision
  • Visual Information Processing

What is Vision Therapy?

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While eyeglasses and contact lenses are effective treatments for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are other vision conditions which corrective lenses cannot fix.

Vision therapy, often referred to as “physical therapy for the eyes and brain,” is a treatment program that consists of a series of “eye exercises” or activities that are prescribed and monitored by a trained optometrist, and are used to retrain the visual system to function more efficiently. The therapy program is customized towards the visual needs of each patient, and is adjusted throughout the process to encourage further visual improvements. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to adapt to new information with remarkable speed and success. This is known as neuroplasticity, and is the guiding concept behind vision therapy’s success.

The vision therapy program is based on the results of standardized tests, the patient’s specific signs and symptoms plus a careful look at the needs of the patient. The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, instruments and computer programs is an integral part of vision therapy. Typically, vision therapy is administered as a combination of in-office visits combined with prescribed, daily, home-vision therapy procedures.

We provide complete diagnostic and therapeutic care for children and adults with these type of vision problems. eye tracking eye teaming (Strabismus or Amblyopia) eye focusing (Visual Acuity) Learning-related vision problems Visual Information Processing Computer related vision problems Sports vision Aquired brain injury related vision problems

The in-office therapy is designed to make the patient aware of his or her visual deficiencies under controlled conditions. Then by a feedback process the patient is taught strategies to improve visual performance.

Home therapy is directed at practicing the newly learned visual skills until the initial conscious effort becomes automatic.

Visit our Vision Therapy Center for more information.

Call 908-789-1177 for information on scheduling and fees.

Who can benefit from vision therapy?

Healthy people with good visual acuity can still suffer from vision problems that affect their quality of life. Vision therapy has shown to be an effective method of treatment for patients of all ages and for many conditions that affect the visual system, including but not limited to:

  • Oculomotor dysfunction (eye movement disorders)
  • Accommodative disorders (eye focusing disorders)
  • Non-strabismic binocular disorders (eye teaming disorders)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury (stroke or concussion)
  • Visual information processing disorders

These vision problems are treatable, and are often overlooked at visual screenings. At Vision Therapy Associates of Westfield, we help people overcome these challenges by addressing the underlying vision problem.

Our Vision Therapy Team

Dr. Nicole E. Kress, O.D., FCOVD

Dr. Nicole Kress graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2013 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. Dr. Kress received high academic honors upon graduation, as well as the award for Clinical Excellence in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy from The Eye Institute. She completed clinical rotations...

Deborah Sattler

Debbi Sattler received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University followed by her Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. For 20 years, Debbi practiced in a variety of clinical settings including, but not limited to, in and outpatient adolescent psychiatry and independent...

How can I enroll in vision therapy?

A comprehensive eye examination is required to determine if vision therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you and your condition. Contact our office to book an appointment and learn more about vision therapy.

How long can treatment take with vision therapy?

Effective therapy requires visual skills to be developed until they are integrated with other systems and become automatic, enabling patients to achieve their full potential. The length of treatment varies between patients depending on the complexity of their condition and the specific needs of the patient. The average time frame is about a six month period though each personalized program varies from individual to individual. Progress will be reassessed every 10 sessions.

Success with vision therapy

Vision therapy results can vary depending on each condition and circumstance. Successful vision therapy requires active engagement from the prescribing doctor, vision therapist, patient, and parents of any children enrolled in the program. With time, consistency, and hard work, patients can experience significant improvements in symptoms and efficiency in school or work-related tasks. Many school-aged patients often report increased reading speed, reading comprehension, and performance in school overall.


Questions and Answers About Vision Therapy

Dr. Kress can answer the most common questions about vision therapy, including:

  • What is Vision Therapy?
  • Can Vision Therapy help with learning problems?
  • Where to research about vision therapy?
  • How long does Vision Therapy take?
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