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To schedule an appointment at our vision therapy clinic, call 614-292-2020, option 2. You can also request an appointment online through our request an appointment page.

What is Vision therapy?

"Vision therapy (also known as orthoptics) is a sequence on neurosensory and neuromuscular activities individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to develop, rehabilitate and enhance visual skills and processing."1

Essentially, vision therapy is exercises for your eyes.

At The Ohio State University College of Optometry, the doctors in our binocular vision clinic perform an exam to determine if a patient would benefit from vision therapy services. If vision therapy is recommended each patient receives an individualized plan based on their symptoms, test results and diagnoses.

Vision therapy is an effective treatment for:

  • Eye tracking disorders
  • Eye teaming disorders
  • Vision focusing disorders
  • Visual information processing disorders
  • Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury

Take our Convergence Insufficiency Symptom survey.2 If you are responding "always/fairly often" you may be experiencing inefficient vision.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does vision therapy take?

Depending on one’s diagnosis and severity, vision therapy duration varies, lasting a couple of months or longer. Often therapy is recommended in office with home activities for reinforcement. The use of a computer program, prisms and lenses may also be recommended.

How often do I need to be seen for therapy?

Your doctor will discuss the recommended frequency of therapy for you based on an individualized plan.

Does vision therapy make my eye muscles stronger?

The muscles of the eye are already strong. Vision therapy works to improve the neuromuscular control of the eye muscles to improve visual skills, make them automatic as well as integrate these skills to improve symptoms.

Does vision therapy work?

"The American Optometric Association affirms its long standing position that optometric vision therapy is effective in the treatment of physiological, neuromuscular and perceptual dysfunctions of the vision system."3 The CITT study group found that in office therapy was more effective than pencil push ups and placebo therapy in the treatment of convergence insufficiency signs and symptoms.4

I already have glasses. Shouldn’t my glasses correct all of my vision problems?

Clear, single and comfortable vision at all distances sometimes goes beyond good visual acuity. Glasses correction does not always address problems of eye focusing, eye teaming, eye tracking, and visual processing.

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  1. Policy Statement approved by the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development and Optometric Extension Program Foundation, 1999.
  2. Designed by the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) Group
  3. Optometry: The Primary Eye Care Profession 2009.
  4. Randomized clinical trial of treatments for symptomatic convergence insufficiency in children. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Oct;126(10):1336-49.
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Regular Hours of Operation:

Monday:  8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday:  8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday:  8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday:  8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Holiday schedule notes:

Wednesday, November 11: Closed
Thursday, November 26: Closed
Friday, November 27: Closed
Thursday, December 24: Closed
Friday, December 25: Closed
Friday, January 1: Closed