Vision Therapy Specialist

Advanced Vision & Achievement Center

Optometrists located in Phoenix, AZ

You can't correct every vision problem with contact lenses and prescription glasses alone. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center in Phoenix, highly skilled optometrists Neha Amin, OD, FAAO, and Mary Hardy, OD, provide innovative treatments, such as vision therapy customized to your unique visual condition. To see if you’re a good candidate for vision therapy, call Advanced Vision & Achievement Center or schedule an appointment online.

Vision Therapy Q & A

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is a nonsurgical, doctor-supervised program that’s custom-designed to correct specific vision problems while also improving your visual skills. Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses that simply compensate for your vision problem, vision therapy works to teach your visual system to correct itself.

In most cases, the goal of vision therapy is to treat visual problems that don't respond completely to eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery.

How does vision therapy work?

Vision therapy is similar to physical therapy, except it focuses on your visual system, targeting your eyes and the areas of your brain that control your vision. During your initial visit, Dr. Amin or Dr. Hardy will perform a comprehensive eye exam and a thorough evaluation to determine if vision therapy is appropriate for you.

Based on your condition, Dr. Amin or Dr. Hardy will design a customized vision therapy program using prisms, filters, computerized visual activities, and other tools, such as balance boards, metronomes, and other devices.

What are the signs of vision problems?

Vision problems don’t always have obvious symptoms, but common signs include:

  • Difficulty following objects, like when reading
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Amblyopia, or lazy eye
  • Strabismus, or misalignment of one or both eyes
  • Learning problems

You can also develop vision problems following a brain injury or stroke. In some cases, athletic performance can also be affected by vision issues. Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy offer sports vision therapy designed specifically for athletes.

What is sports vision therapy?

At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center, Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy take standard eye exams one step further in their sports vision testing process. These tests evaluate the specific needs of an athlete, including depth perception, eye tracking, and hand-eye coordination.

Sports vision testing often includes:

  • Snellen eye chart testing, which examines your vision
  • Contrast sensitivity testing, which examines your ability to track objects
  • Ocular alignment testing, which measures your depth perception and visual coordination

After identifying your unique vision problems, Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy will work together to develop a vision therapy program to improve your athletic performance.

To learn more about how vision therapy can improve your visual performance, call Advanced Vision & Achievement Center or schedule an appointment online today.