We typically see patients for the first time as a two hour consultation, which includes history, routine eye examination, sensorimotor examination of eye teaming, and eye movement coordination, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, summary of findings, and recommendations.
Vision Therapy sessions are conducted in one hour time slots during which we review home activities, coach in-office activities, and assign the next weeks home activities. We try to have each patient have a designated vision therapist and time slot such as Tuesdays from 1 to 2 o'clock with Jane. Usually, the patients come in for 13 in-office vision therapy sessions, and then have a progress evaluation with Dr. Roser or Dr. Hollenbach. The average length of time for a vision therapy program runs between 4 to 6 months when the patient is seen each week.
We find our best results are obtained when we see patients each week, though there are times when this is not possible. When weekly sessions are not possible, we will see the patient as often as they can make it to the office. This usually takes longer to get optimum results.
We also offer a free screening for school aged children geared to screen the visual skills required for academic performance. In addition to screening visual acuity (clarity of vision), and refractive status (near- or farsightedness, and astigmatism), it tests eye movements, focusing, eye teaming, directionality (reversals of numbers and letters), visual memory, visualization, visual spatial relations, and visual motor speed and precision. A consultation to go over the results with the parents is usually scheduled with our lead vision therapist on another day.