Vision Therapy in British Columbia

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Forging a Stronger Connection Between the Eyes & the Brain

The eyes and the brain work as a team, so when one cannot communicate properly, vision problems occur. Building a strong connection between the two can benefit individuals in many ways, but if the connection is weak, they can experience difficulties in many areas of life.

If your child has poor visual skills, they may find school and extracurricular activities a challenge. However, there are ways to strengthen the visual system. Vision therapy is an excellent option to improve visual skills through various exercises and activities.

If vision therapy interests you, we would love to tell you more! Please give us a call or use our online form to book your appointment today!

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy comprises various exercises and activities that work to treat vision problems that cannot be corrected with traditional methods, such as corrective eyewear or surgery. The program is developed to focus on individual needs, such as reading levels, comprehension, attention spans, and sports performance. It can also be used to help the eyes work better together for those with binocular vision problems. At Northern Vision Care, we work closely with your child to develop a tailored program to help them succeed.

For individuals with eye teaming issues, such as amblyopia, atropine penalization can be an effective treatment. Atropine is a specialized eye drop used to weaken the focusing mechanism of the eye. Applying them to the eye with stronger vision causes the brain to focus on the amblyopic eye rather than the stronger eye, strengthening it.

Patching is also an effective treatment for amblyopia that forces the brain to “choose” to see out of the amblyopic eye. This treatment involves placing a medical eye patch over the stronger eye for some time each day to strengthen the weaker eye. Research has shown that eye patching can improve vision in children.

The most important part of a successful vision therapy program is the dedication of the patient. An effective program relies on you or your child’s active engagement to ensure you see real results.

What Can Vision Therapy Treat?

According to Vision Therapy Canada, vision therapy can help:

  • Reading below grade level
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Learning difficulties
  • Sports performance
  • Binocular vision problems
  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders & developmental delays
  • Convergence insufficiency

How Will I Know My Child Needs Vision Therapy

Often, your child will exhibit telltale signs that their eyes or vision are causing them discomfort. Some of these signs include:

  • Skipping words or lines while reading
  • Confusing similar words, like “was” and “saw”
  • Confusing similar letters, like b, d, p, and q
  • Excessively rubbing the eyes
  • Closing one eye when reading or doing near work
  • Holding books very close to the face
  • Tilting the head when reading
  • Discomfort or headaches from schoolwork or computer use
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension
  • Blurred or double vision when reading
  • Avoiding homework or other activities that require focus
  • Poor attention span
  • Trouble sitting still

Book Your Appointment Today!

If vision therapy sounds like an attractive option for your child, we would love to help you explore your options. Please give us a call or fill out our online form to book your appointment today!

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Our Locations

Fort St. John

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Address

9808-101st Avenue
Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B2

Our Hours

Monday
8 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Dawson Creek

Contact Information

Address

1017-103rd Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2G6

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
10 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

*Closed from 12 pm to 1 pm daily. Except on Friday’s.

Contact Information

Address

9808-101st Avenue
Fort St. John, BC V1J 2B2

Our Hours

Monday
8 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Contact Information

Address

1017-103rd Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2G6

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
10 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

*Closed from 12 pm to 1 pm daily. Except on Friday’s.

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