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Vision Therapy Is Amazing!

We have had an amazing few weeks at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in the Vision Therapy department and I just want to share! There have been several patients who have graduated with flying colors and it is so wonderful to see them so proud of their accomplishments – and so happy with the results!

One young patient is very bright but has a variety of different problems including difficulty with eye movement control and visual attention. During the course of vision therapy not only has his visual skill improved but his parents have noted a dramatic difference in his awareness of the world around him. They say that he is better able to work with groups of people and get his behavior at school on has improved dramatically!

Another young patient had amblyopia (which means a lazy eye) as well as a few other related visual processing problems. Her therapy was primarily for the amblyopia to improve the vision in her eye and to improve the way the eyes work together. Then at one point a few weeks ago her mother reported that her reading had really taken off. She had her nose in a book almost all the time! Needless to say her mother is thrilled.

35710 299815734976 28366449976 951292 5400291 sI am also excited because we have several new patients starting therapy program. One young man has had ongoing problems with double vision that have interfered with reading and school work. He is excited to get started and I am too because I know he is going to do very well. Another one is a typical case where the family came in with concerns about having to see blurry in the distance and only after we did the evaluation did we find out that there were focusing problems that may also be contributing to avoidance of homework and their close activities. Once I explained how and an underlying focusing problem can actually cause vision in the distance to be blurry, it made a lot of sense to them and they were excited to sign up.

Although vision therapy is the most time consuming and most complicated part of my career, it is also the most rewarding to being out the potential of these patients and their joy when they themselves realize it! If you have any questions about vision therapy and and whether or not you or someone else is a candidate, please feel free to give our office a call, e-mail us, or stop by.

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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Ask Dr. Nate: Is Vision Therapy an Option at My Age?

qm I am a 36 year old male and have struggled with mild to moderate amblyopia most of my life. I am able to fuse close up and have very good hand eye coordination but at distance, such as driving, I am unable to fuse and the resulting strain worsens the eye turn. Is vision therapy still a viable option at my age?


This is an impossible question to answer without the benefit for a full, thorough vision exam. This would show the cause and severity of the amblyopia, eye turn, and other visual problems that you may have and identify areas of possible improvement.

But even without the particulars in your case, I can say a few things generally. Because the purpose of vision therapy is to help you develop visual skills that may be lacking, there is not point in life when it is not possible to receive some benefit from vision therapy. The real question is this: Are you bothered enough by your visual problem that you would like to take the steps to improve the situation. (Case in point, this video of a 101 year old vision therapy patient.)

But I don’t want to paint vision therapy as a panacea either, because some conditions are very complicated and can take a significant amount of time, effort, and expense to improve. Some conditions are best treated with a combination of vision therapy and other methods, such as special glasses or surgery. Yet other conditions are better left untreated.

I would recommend against any of the “improve your vision” ads on TV or the internet. Many of these have elements of legitimate therapy, but they tend to over-promise and do not match the person with the appropriate therapy. Instead, only pursue therapy from a doctor with specialized training in visual function and vision therapy.

Have you read Susan Barry’s book, “Fixing My Gaze“? I very highly recommend it. You may also find this blog interesting: http://seeing3d.blogspot.com/.

If you would like more information about the evaluation or vision therapy, please do not hesitate to call and speak to Edna or myself.

Best Wishes.
Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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