Vision Therapy

When glasses aren't enough

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy at Belle Vue Specialty Eye Care is an individualized program of eye exercises and other methods to treat non-refractive vision problems. You can think of vision therapy as physical therapy for the eyes and the brain. The neurological aspect is very important because the eyes are direct physical extensions of the brain. We see with our brains and minds, not just our eyes. The therapy begins at our optometrist’s office, but most treatment plans also include daily visual tasks and eye exercises to be performed at home.

Our optometrists, who specialize in vision therapy and the treatment of learning-related vision problems, are sometimes called behavioral optometrists or developmental optometrists.

Our areas of focus

Neuro-optometric Therapy

Any form of brain injury, from a concussion to a stroke, can be devastating to the visual system. Many times patients report double vision, poor balance, difficulty reading, sensitivity to light, and dry eye. Through therapy and the use of lenses we strive to regain patient’s sense of vision.

Vision + Learning

There are many skills that are needed to be a proficient reader: tracking, focusing, steady fixation, visual memory, and eye teaming to name a few. At Belle Vue Specialty Eye Care we identify the areas that are lacking and enhance the visual skills needed for success. Want to know if your child has a visual component that could be affecting their success? Take this quiz →

5 Components of Vision


This is the way a person organizes spaces. If not processed properly, symptoms may include writing uphill or downhill, being clumsy, & knocking things over.


To see singly and clearly at near, the eyes must team together, meaning the eyes must point to the same place at the same time and maintain this fusion. If not done properly symptoms may include double vision, words “swimming” on pages, words run together when reading, head tilting when reading, one eye closing when reading, & difficulty copying from the chalkboard.


To maintain clear vision at near our eyes must focus, or accommodate, to see clearly. This skill is closely related to binocular vision, as the two are many times seen together. If there is a difficulty accommodating, symptoms may include headaches with near work, difficulty copying from the chalkboard, & holding reading too close.

Ocular Motility

The eyes must move together as one unit. There are two separate eye movements that are needed in basic skills such as reading: saccades-quick movements (think word to word, line to line) and pursuits-smooth movements (think tracking across a page smoothly). Poor ocular motility may cause symptoms such as skips/repeats in line reading, omitting small words when reading, and misaligning columns of numbers.


Visual perception is the ability to interpret the surrounding environment by processing information contained in visible light. Some symptoms of a lack of visual perception could be having low reading comprehension, trouble keeping attention while reading, difficulty completing assignments on time, always saying “I can’t” before trying, doesn’t use time well, loses belongings, and having a forgetful/poor memory.

“We can hear when a child exhibits a speech problem, but we have no way of knowing how the world looks to a child with a vision problem.”


-Wendy Beth Rosen
The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning

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If you or your loved ones are struggling with a vision problem, we can help. Go ahead and schedule an appointment to get started.

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