You need over 15 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, sports, and in life. Seeing 20/20' is just one of those visual skills; deficiencies in the others cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of vision therapy (sometimes called "vision training") rehabilitation.
Vision therapy is based on the neuroplasticity of the brain and seeks to "rewire" or rehabilitate the neural connections between the eye and the brain. This approach is also common to occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Deficient visual and ocular- motor skills can negatively impact a patient’s success in academics, sports, self-esteem and life in general. To address a patient's visual problems, an eye doctor will design an appropriate Vision Therapy program; the objective is to "rewire" the eye-brain connection to develop proper visual, perceptual and ocular- motor abilities so that the patient can perform to his or her full potential in school and in life.
Vision Therapy plays an important role in1helping patients recover from brain injuries such as strokes that have resulted in visual impairment.
Amazon's #4 science book of 2009 was about Vision Therapy! Click on the image to learn about this inspirational story about Susan Barry, famous American neuroscientist, who had three strabismus surgeries as a child but still could not see in three dimensions - until she met a developmental optometrist who treated Susan Barry with vision therapy. Learn more...