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Mon-Thu 10am-6pm
Fri 1pm-6pm

Our office specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vision disorders that interfere with reading, learning and other activities of daily living.  While we also work with adults, we mainly see children in our office.

Children love our doctors.  They create a very warm caring atmosphere during the testing.

To prepare your child for the evaluation, be sure to explain that there will be no shots and that there are no wrong answers.  It is also helpful if you can make sure your child has a good night's sleep and eats a meal with protein and veggies (if possible) prior to the appointment.

The evaluation takes about 1 ½ hrs and is very thorough.  After the evaluation a separate appointment is scheduled where Dr. Jenna or Dr. Chi will speak with both parents to get a better understanding of how the vision problem is impacting your child’s life.  They then combine your information with the results of the testing to design a unique treatment plan to ensure your child’s success.

What type of treatment is typically recommended?

Depending on the type of problem found sometimes glasses can help.  If glasses won't solve the vision problem then often vision therapy is needed.  If in the end it turns out that a vision problem is not found then an appropriate referral will be made.  

Vision therapy is much like “physical therapy”, but rather than treating the muscles of the body, it works on the eyes and visual system.  It is an invaluable tool that has changed not only our patients’ vision, but has improved many related areas of their lives as well.

Vision therapy is much like “physical therapy”, but rather than treating the muscles of the body, it works on the eyes and visual system. 

The first step of a vision therapy program is a thorough examination with Dr. McDermed to determine if vision therapy is the best course of care.  Having had extensive experience treating patients of all ages, she easily makes his younger patients comfortable during this exam.

Next, she'll prescribe an individualized program of vision therapy that train your eyes to work together, track, perceive and focus properly.  Strengthening these basic visual skills can really change the way you see, allowing you to enjoy activities, such as reading, that may have been difficult before.

Research has shown that vision therapy can be instrumental in helping increase visual attention spans for children learning to read.  Often, children who had been falling behind in reading are able to improve their performance greatly by reducing the effects of their vision problems.  Vision therapy truly allows kids to enjoy learning and become more confident, happier people.

What Equipment Does a Vision Therapist Use?

Just as a physical therapist might use treadmills or weights, a vision therapist relies on prisms, eye patches, filtered lenses, and computerized systems to conduct vision therapy sessions. In our office, we use many interactive computer programs that our younger patients enjoy and that result in long-lasting success as well as a trampoline, balance boards and a variety of other activities which are performed while wearing special glasses.

The "fun" nature of our program keeps children motivated to work, and thus, we find that results come quicker and stronger for our patients.

How Long is a Vision Therapy Program?

The number of office visits required depends on the diagnosis and the age of the patient. Vision therapy programs typically involve one in-office session per week, for a varying number of months depending on need.  In addition, home reinforcement activities are also prescribed to reinforce the office vision therapy.

What Vision Therapy Is Not

There are a number of programs of "eye exercises" and techniques for improving vision that are not associated with Vision Therapy, such as colored lenses or other programs advertised to quickly improve eyesight.

Likewise, education therapy and vision therapy are not to be confused.  We do not treat learning problems directly.  We treat them only to the extent that an underlying vision problem is the cause of the learning issue.  Once this sort of vision problem is treated, we may refer a patient to a tutor to help them with learning techniques.

Vision Therapy is carefully monitored by a licensed optometrist, and is supported by the American Optometric Association as a clinical treatment for certain visual deficits.  Dr. McDermed is board certified In vision development and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.  For more information visit www.covd.org.