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Behavioral Optometry

If you are seeking an optometrist for your family then a behavioral optometrist should be a consideration. A behavioral optometrist tests the entire visual system and recommends vision therapy when appropriate. Vision therapy is a sequence of individualized activities to remediate problems that prevent a person from reaching their full potential. Dr. Adams, a behavioral or developmental optometrist, founded Optique EyeCare in 2009 with the goal of making vision therapy assessable to the local communities. Her approach to vision care differs from most other eye doctors. While eyeglasses and contact lenses are an important mainstay in the eyecare industry, other options are needed to help some adults and children. For example, some vision problems do not respond well to traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses. That is why nearly 20% of children with undiagnosed visual problems struggle in school, sports or even everyday life. Children with visual problems are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD, learning disabilities and dyslexia. Children and adults often suffer needlessly from double vision, headaches and poorly focused vision. Dr. Adams has also personally seen major improvements in her patients with Autism and Asperberger’s Syndrome as a result of a vision therapy program.

Dr. Adams approach to vision care is based on the whole person. Posture, self esteem, nutrition and the entire visual system are routine considerations at Optique EyeCare. Visual skills such as focusing, coordinated eye movements, perceptual skills and eye tracking movements and more can be improved with vision therapy. A typical program can include the use of lenses, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, computer programs as well physical exercises.

For Dr. Adams, improving her patients lives through vision therapy is her life’s mission. Early success stories included helping a young adolescent with a crossed eye and cerebral palsy. His mother noted improved reading skills, his father noted he could better control his body when he ran. What did the patient notice after completing therapy? He noticed that he could play hockey much better. Another success story included helping a student with a 4.0 grade point average overcome his daily headaches, double vision and inability to see a 3D movie. Aside benefit was his improved performance in Tae Kwon Do. Doctors who provide vision therapy recognize that 80% of learning occurs through the visual system. Improving vision via therapy will impact every aspect your life in a positive way including learning and sports.