Vision Therapy

Shane Clark, OD, FAAO -  - Optometrist

Infinity EyeCare

Shane Clark, OD, FAAO

Optometrist located in Rapid City, SD

Vision Therapy Specialist
Dr. Shane Clark provides vision therapy services at his practice, Infinity EyeCare, located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Vision therapy is an effective, nonsurgical treatment for many eye conditions including lazy or crossed eyes. If your child shows signs of vision impairment, make an appointment with Dr. Clark for a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the issue and begin effective corrective treatment.

Vision Therapy Q & A

by Shane Clark, OD, FAAO

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is physical therapy for your eyes. It is an effective nonsurgical treatment for eye conditions like:

  • Lazy eye
  • Crossed eyes
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Double vision

Vision therapy may also help children with reading or learning disabilities. Vision therapy includes a program of customized exercises that progress as the patient responds to treatment. The therapy usually involves one or two weekly sessions that last for between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on your needs. Dr. Clark will also often suggest exercises for you to practice at home between appointments.

What conditions does vision therapy address?

Vision therapy is an effective treatment for a lazy eye, or amblyopia, which develops when an eye doesn’t attain normal acuity, usually because of poor coordination, eye turning. Eye turning, or strabismus, can also be treated with vision therapy, depending on the intensity of the turn. For example, if the eye turn is intermittent and occurs during a specific activity like reading or trying to see something in the distance, vision therapy may be an effective treatment. If you suffer from binocular vision problems where the coordination between your eyes is just a little bit off, vision therapy can help to train your eyes to work together and prevent headaches and blurred vision.

Does vision therapy help with learning disabilities and conditions like ADHD?

Vision therapy can be an effective component of treatment and care for children with learning disabilities. Vision problems often contribute to a child’s ability to learn, focus, and control their behaviors. Children struggling to read, information on a classroom whiteboard may become frustrated, easily distracted and act out. This can lead to a delay or difficulty in learning and retaining new information. While a vision issue may not always be a contributing factor to a learning disability or behavioral issue, it is worthwhile having your child’s vision tested to make sure. If your child doesn’t have vision impairment, Dr. Clark can perform additional testing to see if vision therapy might help your child.

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