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5 Ways to Benefit from Vision Therapy

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A lot of people are confused about what vision therapy can and cannot do. You may wonder what are the reasons for vision therapy, and who can benefit? In our center for vision therapy in

Conroe, we serve a range of patients – at different ages and to help with different types of problems.

What is vision therapy in Conroe?

Before we discuss the various benefits of vision therapy, let’s define this type of non-invasive, non-surgical treatment. Vision therapy is a series of exercises and activities that are custom-designed to improve vision for the individual. During vision therapy sessions in our Conroe eye care office, our optometrist helps to train the patient’s brain and eyes to function together more effectively. Many patients require vision therapy for a variety of visual conditions, and after undergoing this treatment, they have experienced significant improvements in their quality of life. For children and adults, vision therapy can transform activities such as reading, writing, and playing sports from a frustrating challenge into smooth success.

How can vision therapy in Conroe help?

1. Strengthen the eye-brain connection

One way to understand vision therapy is to think about it as physical therapy for your eyes. It enables the optimization of different parts of your visual system. This enhances your eye-hand coordination, focusing, eye mobility and tracking, and depth perception. With kids, all of these skills are necessary for learning in school. They are a foundation for reading, switching gaze back and forth between a classroom board and the desk, and writing clearly. These skills are also essential for playing sports and socializing with confidence.

2. Correction for vision disorders in children

If your child has crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia), we will personalize vision therapy in Conroe to help fix these issues. It is critical to address these kinds of vision disorders at a young age, because they can worsen and cause irreversible vision problems later in life. We recommend that you bring your child for vision therapy no later than at five years old. Remember, excellent vision is the basis for success in every area of life.

3. Improves learning-related vision problems

While vision therapy cannot address a learning disability that is rooted in the brain, it can help with many learning-related problems that are associated with a vision disorder. For example, if your child is unable to focus on a task for any length of time due to an Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), vision therapy can address this difficulty and help to strengthen the ability to focus for longer. Also, when kids have trouble paying attention, it’s often because their eyes are working too hard and tire quickly. We will customize vision therapy in Conroe to strengthen your child’s eye muscles so they don’t suffer from this eye fatigue that constantly shortens their attention span.

In addition, it is common for kids to be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD or dyslexia, when an underlying vision issue is really to blame. If you are concerned about your child, book an eye exam with our Conroe vision therapy optometrist for a comprehensive diagnosis.

4. Solutions for traumatic brain injury

A bad fall or a car crash can cause a traumatic blow to the brain (such as a concussion) that can damage your visual processing. This affects how you absorb, process, and remember information. You may also experience headaches associated with visual tasks. In addition to injury from a trauma, neurological disorders such as a brain tumor, stroke, or Multiple Sclerosis can disrupt your functional visual system. All of these conditions are called acquired brain injuries, and they can complicate your understanding of what you see. Vision therapy in Conroe can help you solve the specific visual problems caused by your brain injury.

5. Upgrade sports performance

Your visual system is integral to balance, coordination, aim, and peripheral awareness – all of which are essential for top performance on any playing field or court. At our Conroe vision therapy center, we specialize in sports vision training. These individualized sessions implement research-backed therapy that enhances sports performance. We will help you boost your hand-eye coordination, depth perception and estimation, and eye tracking skills, as well as speed up your reaction times.

Call to schedule your eye exam and consultation at Eye Trends, your source for the most advanced vision therapy in Conroe!

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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