Step 1: Initial Evaluations
The first evaluation will determine eye teaming ability, eye alignment, focusing ability, and tracking ability. After the initial visit, Dr. Ryan will determine whether or not it is beneficial to continue forward with testing. This visit usually lasts 30 minutes.
The second evaluation (usually done on a separate day due to insurance regulations) consists of developmental testing. We test several visual information processing skills, including form copy, discrimination, figure-ground, and visual closure. This visit usually lasts one hour.
After evaluations, Dr. Ryan develops a detailed report to determine levels of proficiency in each visual category. The third visit is considered a consultation, and does not require the child to be present. Dr. Ryan will go through the report step by step with you, answer any questions, and develop a plan to help the patient meet age-appropriate levels in all visual skills. You are now ready to schedule vision therapy in our office!
Step 2: Vision Therapy
Vision therapy requires a large time commitment on the part of our patients and/or parents. Each unit of vision therapy is 10 weeks long. Therapy is typically conducted in-office twice per week for 30 minutes. The patient is also assigned about 20 minutes of homework per day, which varies weekly in the form of computer homework, worksheets, and/or specialized optometric vision therapy equipment. Each visit will include direct care and/or assessment from one of our doctors.
We are able to accommodate out-of-town patients or insurance requirements by modifying the in-office component to once per week for 30 minutes. While this will not generate the same benefit as quickly as the traditional program, our goal is to minimize the financial and travel burdens associated with vision therapy.
Step 3: Post-Testing
After each ten-week unit, Dr. Ryan will assess to determine progress. Testing usually begins one week after completion of the unit, and includes the same three visits associated with the initial evaluation. When the report has been generated, you will meet again with Dr. Ryan to discuss successes and need(s) for further improvement.
The patient will take a break from homework and therapy, typically for 2-3 months. If more therapy is needed, we will begin the process again after the break. If results of the first unit show significant improvement to age-appropriate levels, it’s time for graduation!
Step 4: Graduation!
We are proud of our patients and the hard work they put in to achieve their goals in vision therapy. Our vision therapy schedule is designed to minimize the length of time they spend in the program, and to minimize the financial impact of costly therapy services. Vision therapy changes lives, and we can’t wait to help change the life of your loved one.