It turns out that vision therapy has been around for a long time. Optometrists have been treating vision problems with vision therapy with excellent results since the 1920’s. Still it is not the dominant philosophy in vision care. Dr. Kruger had gone to vision care providers as a child that missed her eye teaming problem completely. As an optometrist we are aware that many vision care providers (in spite of a preponderance of scientific data) either don’t know much about vision therapy or they actively discourage it. As a parent or a patient this can be confusing. It is up to a consumer to check out the science and documentation for themselves.
You don’t need to take our word for it or anyone else’s. Respectable people can disagree for a whole variety of reasons. If you want to know what is available to help you, then a little bit of research will make your decision making process easier.
These websites will help you on your journey researching the scientific validity and efficacy of vision therapy.
This link will take you to a 13 page summary article to get you started.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an organization of optometrists who are certified in vision training and visual development. covd.org
The Optometric Extension Program (OEP) has been providing continued education for optometrists for over 70 years and now also provides public information. oepf.org
Parents Active for Vision Education (PAVE) was started by parents and teachers. Its mission is to educate the public about undiagnosed vision problems and their relationship to learning. pavevision.org
Vision and Learning Forum is a Colorado non-profit multi-disciplinary organization with the mission of informing the public about the relationship between vision and learning. visionandlearning.org
College of Syntonic Optometry: Syntonics or
optometric phototherapy is the branch of ocular science dealing with the
application of selected light frequencies through the eyes. It has been used
clinically for over 80 years in the field of optometry with continued success
in the treatment of visual dysfunctions, including strabismus (eye turns),
amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders,
and the aftereffects of stress and trauma. In recent years, Syntonics has been
shown to be effective in the treatment of brain injuries and emotional