What is Vision Training

Vision training is an Optometrist supervised, non-surgical and specific programme of visually based activities designed to improve visual function and improve visual skills. Unlike glasses and contact lenses which simply compensate for visual problems or eye surgery that affects the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles, vision training aims to educate the visual system to correct itself by using appropriate glasses, tints and prisms in conjunction with targeted visually based activities. Successful Vision Training outcomes are achieved through a process that depends on the active engagement of the Optometrist, the patient and in the case of children, their parents. Vision Training has been widely used in the USA and Australia for over thirty years and has accredited professional recognition.

Improve your visual performance with vision training

Vision training consists of a programme of visually based activities designed to improve your visual performance. It can significantly help in cases of dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s syndrome, autistic spectrum, lazy eyes and squint, eyestrain with computer work, as well as reducing dependence on glasses, improving sports performance and helping rehabilitation following brain injury or stroke.
Undergoing Vision Training
Vision Training aims to improve tracking, focussing ability, eye coordination and efficiency of eye movements. The vision training activities are also targeted at integrating these visual abilities with body movement, body awareness, eye-hand coordination, balance, timing, and the ability to visualise. As the visual system functions more efficiently, an individual’s performance also improves.
Where to Start...
A comprehensive visual assessment is required in addition to the standard eye examination. This will allow the Optometrist to analyse how the patient’s visual system functions and which areas would benefit from improvement. Glasses may be prescribed and these may incorporate tints (coloured lenses) and prisms where they are found to improve visual efficiency. These glasses may be different from the glasses which are normally prescribed as they are used to guide and support visual function rather than the person necessarily becoming dependent on the glasses. Where appropriate nutritional advice is also given.