VISION THERAPY INSTITUTEOur mission is to transform lives through vision, wellness and relationships. We strive to empower people to experience their true potential.
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Vision is a neurological process that happens in the brain. Our eyes serve as light receptors that transfer information to the brain. Therefore, many visual conditions that affect how we FUNCTION in the world cannot be treated with glasses alone. Optometric vision therapy uses principles of neuroscience and neuroplasticity to effectively treat conditions such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, vision-based learning problems and poor eye-hand 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 Optometric Vision Therapy?
It is never too late for Optometric Vision Therapy! We can help both children and adults experiencing:
OPTOMETRIC VISION THERAPY
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 by enhancing or developing visual procesing
- Treating conditions, such as crossed eyes, lazy eye, and poor eye-hand coordination
- Rehabilitation of visuo-spatial deficts
- Retrain the visual system to help eliminate visual symptoms after a brain injury
- Establish multi-sensory integration
What to Expect?
Optometric Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
- Eye Alignment
- Eye Teaming
- Eye Focusing
- Eye Tracking and Movements
- Visual Processing (Including visual-spatial skills, visual memory and visualization)
- Visual-Vestibular integration (Visual Vertigo)
- Visual Cognition
Optometric Vision Therapy helps overcome the delays or dysfunctions in vision. Vision Therapy involves what is referred to as neuro-adaptive learning and perceptual learning. Neuro-adaptive learning arranges for the patient to learn how to coordinate the input into his or her brain by learning to coordinate the muscles of his or her eyes. Once this happens efficiently, then therapy progresses to perceptual learning; that is, learning how to accurately perceive and process the information that arrives from the eyes to the brain.
Read How Vision Therapy Has Changed Our Patients’ Lives.
We’re not the only developmental optometrist helping improve people’s lives through vision therapy. Check out these links to other vision therapy success stories!
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
In our practice, she focuses on optometric vision therapy for all ages, specialized contact lenses and myopia management.
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
- Young Optometrist of South Carolina, 2020
MaryEmma (she/her) was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved to South Carolina about 5 years ago. She enjoys the excitement and reward that comes with being a Vision Therapist. She loves to work with patients of all ages and help eliminate the vision issues that hold them back from achieving their full potential. Her goal is always to help the patient reach their goals, and have fun while doing it! She is engaged to be married and lives in Columbia with her fiancé and furbaby. MaryEmma loves to help people and animals alike, spending most of her free time helping rehabilitate and release wildlife with the Carolina Wildlife Center.
Shannon was born and raised in Columbia, SC and has a large, close knit extended family. She is married to her amazing Canadian husband. They have a total of 5 grown children and 6 pets. Outside of work Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in nature and traveling as often as possible.
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Vision Therapy Institute
1620 Browning Road,
Columbia, SC 29210
Ph: (803) 732-4099
Fax: (803) 227-8992
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 6pm
(Closed for Lunch: 12am – 1pm)
Friday: By appointment only
Saturday & Sunday: Closed