Vision Therapy FAQ

Is there scientific evidence that it really works?

It does work. Studies on vision therapy show it is effective in improving the lives of patients. Data shows that this therapy can improve visual function enough to keep it from interfering with a patient's ability to absorb information and learn. In its own sphere, this therapy is as effective as physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Who typically needs vision therapy?

Vision therapy can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Children with learning or reading problems can benefit from the vision boost these exercises provide. Eyeglasses are not the solution when the problem is visual processing. These problems cannot be detected without tests done by an eye doctor. Adults can see vision improvement through this therapy as well. It can help curb eye-strain related vision processing problems brought on by working with computers all day.

What is NYFEE?

Most eye exams have you read the eye chart, give you an eyeglass prescription to make the letters clear if needed, and make sure your eyes are healthy.

This evaluation has more to do with vision as a sense as opposed to the eyeball as an organ.  Things that relate to sports performance.  School performance.  TBI vision problems that are functional in nature even though patients have been told there is nothing wrong with their eyes or that they have a healthy eyeball.

Do you take insurance?

At this time, we do not take insurance.  In my practice, I found that most clients find it more cost-effective to pay out of pocket because of high deductibles.  

What is peripheral vision processing?

Peripheral vision processing starts a few degrees off center vision.  It’s just not way out by your ears.  Peripheral vision goes into the brain 25% faster than center vision.  It has to do with protection, like when you see something out of the corner of your eye and avoid an accident.  Also navigation like when you walk through a doorway or drive in your lane.  Peripheral vision is used when your eyes land in the right place while tracking when reading.  It’s also the secret to the zone where the ball is bigger and moving slower. 

What is fusion?

Fusion is the ability for the eyes to hold together and work as a team.  Some people have stronger systems than others.  People with weaker systems may have more reading problems, tire easily when reading,  skip words and/or have reading comprehension problems because the eyes are working so hard just to navigate the print.  There are training procedures to build more stable fusion. 

What is a phoria?

A phoria is a drifting of the eye from where the other one is looking when it is covered.  It can drift a little inward or outward.  These measurements tend to predict who will swing early or late at a ball.  When the magnitude fluctuates, it leads to inconsistent judgments for sports performance.  Phorias can be stabilized as fusion is systematically strengthened leading to improved performance whether it’s for sports or reading.