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Vision Therapy – Not Just for Kids


Vision therapy is often thought of as a treatment especially for children. But adults can often benefit from these eye exercises just as much as kids do! When children can’t focus for long periods of time without eye strain or headaches, the problem doesn’t simply go away – and they often grow up into adults who still suffer from problems with their visual system. At Eye Health Centre, our optometrist has seen many patients who visit our St. Albert, Alberta, eye doctor’s office with eye conditions that were never treated during childhood and can be helped by vision therapy.

What are signs that an adult may need vision therapy?

If you regularly suffer from trouble with focusing for extended time, fluctuating vision, headaches, losing your place when reading, eye fatigue or headaches (especially when doing close work, such as using a computer or reading), you may have a vision problem that could benefit from vision therapy. Book a consultation and eye exam near you with our experienced eye doctor in St. Albert, Alberta.

How effective is vision therapy for adults?

Vision therapy is often very successful for adults, because adults are highly motivated to improve their visual skills and reduce any disturbing eye symptoms. Also, adults usually demonstrate more self-discipline and maturity, which keeps them committed to doing the necessary eye exercises.

While it can be more challenging to treat adults, studies have shown that vision therapy can lead to noticeable improvements in depth perception, acuity and convergence. Although kids certainly have more adaptable brains, significant plasticity can still be coaxed with the right vision therapy program for adults.

A vision therapist can help diminish eye strain associated with doing near work, as well as address a range of other visual disorders. Eye exercises can make a significant improvement in an adult’s ability to function at work or play sports. To find out how vision therapy can help you, schedule an eye exam in St. Albert.

How long does vision therapy for adults take?

It tends to take a longer time for adults to see improvements than younger vision therapy patients. Children have a highly flexible visual system that enables problems such as amblyopia, strabismus and other binocularity disorders to be corrected quickly when treated early. In contrast, adults don’t share the same high level of neuroplasticity and will require more time and effort to overcome a problem with the visual system. Typically, patients come in for customised vision therapy sessions on a weekly basis, and it can take several months to achieve optimal results.

What conditions can vision therapy treat in adults?

Vision therapy is personalized and can treat a range of vision conditions:

  • Convergence insufficiency (eye teaming)
  • Strabismus (eye turn)
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Eye strain
  • Saccadic dysfunction (eye tracking)
  • Traumatic brain injury (concussion)

It’s never too late to address problems with your visual system! Find out how you can enhance your vision and ease visual discomfort – book a consultation with our St. Albert eye doctor.

At Eye Health Centre, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 780-419-7000 or book an appointment online to see one of our St. Albert eye doctors.

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