VISION THERAPY INSTITUTE

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Vision therapy has become a leading treatment across the country for treating conditions, such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, and poor hand-eye coordination. Doing vision therapy opens the door to do better in school and live a happier life. With a highly trained staff, we provide a skilled team approach to help children and adults develop necessary visual skills through a non-invasive program. Often times, we are able to help you or your child, eliminate a possible surgery that had been previously recommended.

Some visual conditions cannot be treated with just glasses alone and are best helped through Vision Therapy. Vision Therapy has been around for decades, but modern technology has made the treatment more fun and effective.

Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?

Children and adults with visual challenges such as:

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Struggles in School

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Eyestrain

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Amblyopia (Lazy eye)

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Strabismus

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Double Vision

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Sports Vision

SERVICES

Our office originally started as a place just for vision therapy. Now, we have expanded to include routine eye exams, corneal correction treatment, and we even have an optical shop to purchase glasses, sunglasses, and accessories!

We see patients as young as 6 months old for eye exams! It is important to bring children in early to avoid bigger problems as they get older.

EYE EXAMS

Our doctors and staff are friendly. They listen to you. They will answer all your questions. We only suggest glasses, contacts or surgery when it is to your best interest. There is no financial benefit or gain to our doctors if you buy your contacts or glasses from our office.

VISION THERAPY

It has been around for hundreds of years (ancient Egyptians used it). In the past several years Vision Thereapy has become a leading treatment across the country for treating conditions, such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, and poor hand-eye coordination. Doing vision therapy opens the door to do better in school and live a happier life.

THERAPY

Doing vision therapy opens the door to do better in school and live a happier life.

With a highly  trained staff, we provide  a skilled  team approach to help  children and adults develop necessary visual skills through  a non-invasive program.  Often times, with Vision Therapy, we may be able to help you or your child, eliminate a possible surgery that had been previously recommended.

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Why Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy has been around for a number of years.  In the past several years Vision Thereapy has become a leading treatment across the country for treating conditions, such as crossed eyes, lazy eye,  and poor hand-eye coordination. Doing vision therapy opens the door to do better in school and live a happier life. With a highly  trained staff.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is an individualized and supervised treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:

*eye alignment
*eye teaming
*eye focusing abilities
*eye movements
*visual processing

Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?

Children and adults with visual challenges such as:

* Struggling in School
* Strabismus (Crossed Eyes, Eye Turns, etc.) and Amblyopia (Lazy eye)
* Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs
* Sports Vision Improvement
* Post Concussion Visual Problems

SUCCESSES

Read what people have said when asked “How has Vision Therapy changed your life?

Vision Therapy is the start of a new beginning..

Wyatt now has the ability to print legibly. His penmanship has improved 100%. He is self motivated and his grades have improved. His teachers have noticed the difference. We feel like this is the start of a new beginning for Wyatt that will lead him to success in school & life. We are forever grateful to Dr. Brinkley and his staff.

- Wyatt

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- Wyatt

Improvements! Very pleased with the care and quality of service. Thank you!!

The vision in Allie’s “lazy eye” has not only been dramatically increased, but she is now also able to use both eyes together. We were surprised to see such dramatic results in just a few months. We have been very pleased with the care and quality of service of the staff at vision therapy. Thank you!

- Allie

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- Allie

He’s now happily reading books a full grade level above

Ian’s reading has improved. Before vision therapy, he had a difficult time keeping his place. Now, he can read books a full grade level above his current grade. He is actually enjoying reading – which is a big change!

- Ian

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- Ian

family developmental optometrist

Dr. John Brinkley, OD, FCOVD

Dr. Brinkley is a family developmental optometrist, and has been practicing in Columbia for 27 years. He received his fellowship certification from the College of Optometrist in Vision Development in 1989. Dr. Brinkley is best known for his work with children. He has written many techniques on vision exercises. Dr. Brinkley is actively involved with helping children with learning difficulties, crossed eyes and lazy eye.

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Shannon Carrion

hannon 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. As the programming therapist, Shannon strives to provide each patient with an individualized therapy program to accommodate their specific visual needs.

Fellow in the College of Vision Development

Dr. Katie Davis

Dr. Katie Davis was raised in Columbia, SC. After completing her undergraduate at the College of Charleston, she moved to Chicago to attend optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry. She received the distinction upon graduating of clinical honors.

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Furthermore, upon graduation, she won two faculty elected awards: The Gas Permeable Lens Institute Award for Clinical Excellence and the Good-Lite Pediatric Equipment Award. In the 2016, she was awarded the Optometric Horizon Award by the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA). The recipient must have exhibited initiative and involvement in the SCOPA and community within five years of graduation from optometry school. She serves as the new member director on the Membership Board for SCOPA and the Vision Rehabilitation Committee Chair. In 2017, she became a board certified Fellow in the College of Vision Development. She is currently working on her board certification from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Her passion is to help those that struggle from vision problems in school, work or life whether while growing up and learning or after a traumatic brain injury. 
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Dr. Anna James

Dr. Anna James grew up in the small town of Dade City just north of Tampa, Florida. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida before pursuing her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Upon graduating with her Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. James was selected for a position in a competitive residency program in Primary Care with an emphasis in Binocular Vision and Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry. As part of the residency, Dr. James taught future Optometry doctors and managed specialty pediatric cases. Dr. James also treated and managed child/adult pathology, and patients with special needs. Dr. James is a member of the American Optometric Association. She has presented and had some of her cases presented by others at Optometry conferences across the country.

Dr. James and her husband were relocated to Columbia, SC June of 2016. Shortly after Dr. James welcomed her first child. Dr. James enjoys spending time at home with her family and Australian Cattle dog Harley when she isn’t hiking or enjoying the outdoors. She is happy to be a part of the Focus EyeCare team and looks forward to being an integral part of the Columbia Community!

Call Or Book and Appointment now!

If you have questions about our services, would like more information or would like to book an appointment, the fastest way is to call our offices at 803-732-4099 during office hours. If this is after office hours or you feel better send us an email. Our office will be in contact the following business day. Thank you

Vision Therapy Institute

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1620 Browning Road,
Columbia, SC 29210

visiontherapy@focuseyecare.net

(803) 732-4099

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Office Hours

9am – 6pm = Monday – Thursday
(closed from 12am – 1pm for lunch)

9am – 12pm = Friday

We are closed on the weekends.