TRY VISION THERAPY FIRST
Some visual conditions cannot be treated with glasses alone. Vision therapy uses principles of neuroscience and neuroplasticity to effectively treat conditions, such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, and poor hand-eye coordination in children and adults. Our comprehensive approach incorporates coordinated movement, balance, visual processing, and cognitive abilities to establish and strengthen the neural connections between the brain and the visual system. Our doctors, therapists, and staff provide a personalized approach to help patients develop the necessary visual skills to improve their quality of life in the classroom, workplace, and home.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children with visual problems often become adults with visual problems.
It is never too late for Vision Therapy! We can help both children and adults suffering from:
The Vision Therapy Institute is the only clinic in the Midlands area offering comprehensive vision therapy services. We have expanded our practice to include routine eye exams, corneal correction treatment, developmental vision, and vision rehabilitation. Patients can also purchase glasses, sunglasses, and accessories in our optical shop.
We see patients as young as 6 months old for eye exams! It is important to bring children in early as an undetected vision problem can have a significant impact on infant and childhood development and possibly lead to a learning and/or behavior problem.
We only suggest glasses, contacts or surgery when it is in your best interest. There is no financial benefit or gain to our doctors if you buy your contacts or glasses from our office.
When people have trouble using both eyes together or can’t focus for great lengths of time, they do not simply grow out of these problems. Adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children.
Vision therapy helps patients live happier lives and perform better in school and at work.
Our highly trained staff provides a skilled team approach to help children and adults develop necessary visual skills through a personalized, non-invasive program. Often times, Vision Therapy may eliminate a possible surgery that had been previously recommended.
Why Vision Therapy?
- Helping patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
- Improving visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
- Changing how a patient processes or interprets visual information
- Treating conditions, such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, and poor hand-eye coordination
What is Vision Therapy?
- Eye alignment
- Eye teaming
- Eye focusing abilities
- Eye movements
- Visual processing
What to Expect?
- Therapeutic lenses
- Electronic targets with timing mechanisms
- Balance boards
- Virtual Reality
Read How Vision Therapy Has Changed Our Patients’ Lives.
Vision Therapy is the start of a new beginning..
Improvements! Very pleased with the care and quality of service. Thank you!!
He’s now happily reading books a full grade level above
Shannon has been working with Dr. Brinkley as a vision therapist since 1993. She is a member of COVT. Shannon specializes in working with adults and children with developmental delays such as autism, and has an extensive background in working with the most difficult cases of strabismus and amblyopia. As the programming therapist, Shannon provides each patient with an individualized therapy program to accommodate their specific visual needs. Shannon is married with three grown children and loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends outside of work.
Fellow in the College of Vision Development
Dr. Katie Davis-Tarver
Additional Awards & Recognitions Include:
- The Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence, 2014
- The Good-Lite Pediatric Equipment Award, 2014
- Optometric Horizon Award by the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA), 2016
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Michael moved to South Carolina when he was one year old and has been working in the optometric field since high school. Michael has been a Vision Therapist for 6 years and enjoys working with people of all ages and vision problems. Michael challenges patients with new and creative techniques to better their vision. He is an avid reader, and a huge fan of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and science fiction.
Santana moved from Virginia to Newberry, South Carolina at a young age. After graduation, she moved to Lexington, SC where she married and became a mother of three. She started at Vision Therapy Institute in 2014. She enjoys working with her patients and helping them succeed in therapy, school, and life. Santana’s favorite hobbies are spending time with her children and family, coloring, and listening to music.
Call to Book an Appointment Now!
Vision Therapy Institute
1620 Browning Road,
Columbia, SC 29210
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 6pm
(Closed for Lunch: 12am – 1pm)
Friday: 9am – 12pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed