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FAQs

What’s the difference between sight and vision?

Sight is simply the ability to see clearly, such as 20/20. “Vision” includes sight, but encompasses much more. Vision is the whole process of the intake of information through the eyes, the processing/comprehension by the brain, and the response of the individual caused by that information.

What is a vision problem?

Any interference along the visual pathway which causes “vision” to be ineffective or inefficient.  Vision problems interfere with one’s ability to read, to learn, to comprehend and to pay attention.   This negatively affects performance at school, work, and play.

What is vision therapy?

Optometric vision therapy is a program of progressive visual activities designed to help patients develop or recover fundamental visual skills, improve visual comfort and efficiency, and enhance the processing of visual information. This program is performed under doctor supervision, and individualized by a vision therapist to fit the specific needs of each patient.  More information can found on our Vision Therapy page.

How long is a Vision Therapy program?

The length of the individualized program of care varies per individual.  The average therapy falls between four and eight months, with twice per week sessions and a few minutes of daily at-home support activities.  More complicated cases, such as crossed-eye, lazy-eye, and head trauma, may take significantly longer.

Visual skills are reassessed formally every six to eight weeks.  When the patient, parent and doctor agree that performance goals have been reached, we schedule a graduation to celebrate our patient’s brighter future!

What is Behavioral Optometry?

Behavioral Optometry is an expanded area of Optometry which considers your vision in relation to your visual demands, such as reading, computers, learning, writing, and physical performance. Behavioral Optometry’s purpose is to ensure your vision is working effectively, easily and comfortably to allow you to perform up to your highest potential.

What is Syntonics?

As one of the non-invasive techniques used in our therapy, Syntonics or optometric phototherapy, is the branch of ocular science dealing with the application of selected light frequencies through the eyes, in order to trigger a brain response. It has been used clinically for more than 70 years in the field of Optometry with continued success in the treatment of visual dysfunctions, including focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, the aftereffects of stress and trauma, strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye), and is shown to be effective in the treatment of brain injuries.