Did you know that you could have 20/20 vision and still experience optometry-related issues? Dizziness, eye strain, headaches, and lazy eye are just some of the problems related to your visual system that can significantly impact your quality of life. At Simpson and Mann Optometry in Montclair, we offer a vision therapy program to address these issues.
What is Vision Therapy?
While prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses can correct vision, they cannot resolve the problems listed above. These issues are related to a specific area of your brain that controls these functions, and vision therapy trains your brain to function more effectively. Vision therapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive approach to addressing problems such as dizziness, eye strain, headaches, lazy eye, cross eyes, and the ability to focus the eyes in a symmetrical pattern.
If you have this condition, it means that your eyes struggle to work together to focus on objects at various distances, causing issues like eye strain, dizziness, and headaches. Additional symptoms may include difficulty concentrating, blurry vision, and double vision. During vision therapy at our optometry clinic, Dr. Stuart Mann may ask you to focus on objects at different distances, and you may also benefit from wearing prescription prism glasses.
Dizziness and Balance Problems
Dizziness can be distressing because it can feel like the world around you is spinning when it's really standing still. It is your brain and visual system that cause these sensations. Some common conditions that lead to chronic dizziness include brain and head injuries, epileptic and non-epileptic seizures, Meniere’s disease, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
Vision therapy involves a variety of exercises to train the brain to alleviate these sensations, such as focusing on a reading assignment while balancing on a board. Some patients may also benefit from customized glasses designed to reduce incoming stimuli.
Lazy eye, known medically as amblyopia, is more common in children, but adults can develop this problem as well. It's a condition where one eye is significantly weaker than the other. Vision therapy often includes covering the stronger eye with a patch to force the weaker eye to process incoming stimuli. Leaving this condition untreated increases the chances of the weaker eye remaining impaired for life, possibly leading to blindness in one eye.
Contact Simpson and Mann Optometry to Learn More
Whether you are dealing with eye strain, headaches, or any of the eye conditions described above, we can offer help and hope. Are you looking for an eye doctor near you? Contact our optometry practice in Montclair to determine if vision therapy is the right solution for you or your child.