Why was I referred to Vision Therapy Institute?
Patients are referred to our practice to evaluate and treat developmental and rehabilitative vision dysfunction(s) that may be impacting their quality of life or performance in school, sports, or work.
I have a regular eye doctor, would I still be able to see them?
Absolutely! Our team will work together with your family or primary care eye doctor on addressing the concerns that we are uniquely qualified in treating.
How are your evaluations different than the one I had with my Optometrist or another provider?
While we also perform an eye health and vision assessment to determine the health of the eyes, visual acuity (eyesight) and refraction for the appropriate corrective lenses, our developmental/rehabilitation diagnostic testing involves an expanded comprehensive evaluation involving sensorimotor (eye coordination), visual perception/processing and visual integration abilities.
How many appointments will I have before starting treatment?
There is typically one appointment you or your child may have with our doctors before treatment begins. The appointment lasts about 2 hours. You will meet with a vision therapist, a diagnostic technician and a doctor. The doctor will explain you or your child’s diagnoses and discuss prognosis and treatment.
How many treatment sessions will I have a week?
We typically schedule our patients for one office-based therapy session per week. For our patients that travel from other cities, we may offer twice weekly sessions.
Does my insurance cover vision therapy?
Some of the larger insurance companies cover portions of your vision therapy session. To reduce costs, most exclude the service as “educationally related.” When part of a vision therapy program is covered, it falls under major medical, not vision insurance.
Our programs are tailored to fit your exact needs. We continue until your visual abilities are second nature enough to hold when we are finished. We want every patient who comes to us for vision therapy to be a walking “success story.” To continue changing lives, we insist on the excellence of our care not limited by an insurance company’s arbitrary policies to prevent the excellence we expect. We insist on providing the life-changing results patients have come to expect from us: for their families and the families of the others whom they refer.
How long will it take to complete vision therapy?
Treatment duration varies from patient to patient based on several factors, including (but not limited to) the diagnosis and personal goals of each patient. All of this information will be reviewed in greater detail by the doctor during the conference appointment.
How much does vision therapy cost?
The fee for vision therapy depends upon the duration of the patient’s treatment plan. During your conference appointment, we will outline your detailed treatment plan, including duration of treatment, goals for therapy, fees, and different payment options available.
Do you offer financing options if my insurance does not cover vision therapy?
Yes! We participate with CareCredit and offer zero interest for 18 months and five years of extended financing.
How can I speak with past Vision Therapy patients?
There are three amazing Facebook groups: Facebook Group Vision Therapy For Adults with Strabismus, Facebook Group Vision Therapy Parents Unite, Facebook Group Vision Therapy for Brain Injury and Concussion. In these groups, you can speak with and ask questions to passionate vision therapy parents, past-patients, therapists, doctors and more.
I live too far away and can’t come to your office. Can you help me find a Vision Therapy specialist in my area?
Yes! There are a few great tools you can use to find a doctor who specializes in developmental and rehabilitative vision therapy.
If you are located in the USA, we highly recommend visiting a VisionHelp doctor.
If you are located outside of the USA OR live far away from a VisionHelp doctor, we then recommend searching for a doctor with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
I want to treat myself. Are there any exercises I can do to help my condition?
Research shows that office-based vision therapy paired with home-support is the most effective treatment model. We DO NOT recommend patients attempt to treat themselves. Although we ask our patients to do home-support activities, to reinforce treatment, vision therapy must be conducted by a trained professional who specializes in developmental and rehabilitative vision therapy.