Vision Therapy & Optometry

Our therapists assess and treat any vision problem to aid in your recovery journey.

Many lingering concussion symptoms may stem from vision problems affecting the individual, for example, headaches, dizziness, light sensitivity, blurred/double vision when reading and a decreased ability to concentrate. Our vision specialists will complete multiple diagnostic exams to and design an individualized treatment plan that is best suited for you.

Specifically designed to increase and strengthen visual skills and abilities, vision therapy is a type of therapy. It is frequently utilized as a non-surgical therapy option for a variety of visual disorders and issues, particularly those connected to binocular vision and visual processing.

Optometry, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that focuses on inspecting, diagnosing, and treating eye and vision issues. Optometrists are medical specialists with training in evaluating and overseeing eye and visual system health. They can advise on maintaining good eye health as well as prescribe corrective lenses like glasses or contact lenses.

Optometrists that have extra training or certification in the discipline may choose to include vision therapy as a treatment option in their practice. When providing vision therapy, optometrists may carry out in-depth assessments of visual ability and create individualized treatment programs to address certain vision-related problems.

A range of methods and exercises are employed during vision therapy to hone and enhance the visual system. These exercises may involve visual perception exercises, eye-hand coordination tasks, eye-movement exercises, and concentrating exercises. The treatment sessions are normally carried out under the supervision of a qualified expert, and they could also include exercises that are done at home to support the development accomplished during office sessions.

There are a number of conditions for which vision therapy can be helpful, including but not restricted to:

  • A condition known as strabismus is characterized by crossed or mismatched eyes.
  • Amblyopia, also referred to as “lazy eye,” is a condition in which one eye’s vision is impaired as a result of delayed development during childhood.
  • Convergence insufficiency: Difficulty focusing on close things with the eyes working together, resulting in eyestrain, double vision, and reading difficulty.
  • Eye coordination issues that affect depth perception and eye teaming are known as binocular vision disorders.
  • Visual processing disorders: Difficulties understanding and interpreting visual information, which can interfere with reading, writing, and other visual skills.

The use of vision therapy must always be supervised by a licensed optometrist or vision therapist, it is vital to mention. They can determine whether vision therapy is the best course of action for a particular patient and create a personalized plan based on their unique visual requirements.

Vision Problems Following Concussion

Vision comprises many skills, including eye coordination, focus, peripheral vision (side vision), colour vision, visual attention. The symptoms of vision problems don’t always appear to be vision problems, so the patient and the medical specialists may not spot the problem.

Examples of symptoms that don’t appear to be obviously vision-related are:

    • headaches in forehead or temple

    • being overwhelmed in visually stimulating environments

    • schoolwork or computer work takes hours longer than it used to

    • problems with coordination (tripping/stumbling and poor eye-hand coordination)

    • becoming fatigued with reading

Can I use my health insurance plan?

Yes. All of our therapists are licensed physiotherapists which most major health insurance providers cover. Please check with your insurance provider to see if a doctor’s referral letter is required before you book your session.

Refer a Patient

Iscope is currently accepting new patients. A referral from your primary care physician or specialist is required for consultations covered by your provincial plan. If you require rehabilitation services a referral is not required.