What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical and customized program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems and/or improve visual skills.
Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, or eye surgery that alters the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles, vision therapy aims to 'teach' the visual system to correct itself.
Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision. This type of therapy can include the use of lenses, prisms, filters and computer-assisted visual activities. Other devices, such as balance boards, metronomes and non-computerized visual instruments also can play an important role in a customized vision therapy program.
Successful vision therapy outcomes are achieved through a therapeutic process that depends on the active engagement of the prescribing doctor, the vision therapist, the patient and (in the case of children) the child's parents.*
When you miss a short putt it may be that you are distracted by things that are happening around you. Our eyes normally react to anything that happens in our field of vision....spectators, other participants or even the wind blowing leaves on an overhanging branch. Visual concentration is the ability to screen out these distractions and stay focused on the ball or target.
This is how your hands, feet, and body and other muscles respond to the information gathered through your eyes. It is an important part of most sports because it affects both timing and body control.
Picturing yourself hitting a perfect drive...long and right down the middle of the fairway. Believe it or not, picturing yourself can actually help you do it. Visualization is the skill that enables you to see yourself performing well in your "mind's eye" while your eyes are seeing and concentrating on something else, usually the ball. Using scanning techniques, researchers have found that the same areas of the brain that light up during performance also do when you visualize the performance.
When you are following a fast moving object such as a fish, it is important that you be able to follow it without much head motion. Eye tracking helps you maintain better balance and react to the situation more quickly.