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We know how important access to eye care is. This is Why we are now located to serve the Bruce County Region.
We believe in using our training and knowledge to the fullest extent of our abilities. We know that advances are constantly being made in the Optometry field, and we are dedicated to honing our skills and understanding the newest advances in techniques and technology.
In addition to using the latest developments in optical technology, we believe in taking the time to thoroughly examine our patients and their needs, no matter their age. This allows us to catch things that others miss.
Our caring demeanor and dedication to providing the best
treatments keep our practice comfortable and up-to-date for our patients.
We are willing to go the extra mile whenever we’re needed. Contact us today to get in touch with our team of experienced professionals.
REGULAR EYE EXAMS
Get this service done quickly and efficiently by the experts here at Vine Eye Care. We understand how important it is to feel confident and worry free when it comes to the service we provide. Our dedicated staff invests the time and energy necessary to be well prepared for any unique requests or special concerns our clients may have. We cater for all age groups
Cataract Exam and Management
Diabetic Eye Exam
Dry Eye Exam and therapy
Glaucoma testing and Co-management
Macula Degeneration testing and co-management
Ocular Infections and Diseases
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DIRECT BILLING TO SOME INSURANCE GROUPS
We can now do direct billing and also check your eligibility. We are working on including more companies but for now we do only a select few.
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A progressive program of vision procedures
Performed under doctor supervision
Individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient
Generally conducted in-office, in once- or twice-weekly sessions of 30 minutes to an hour with homework
What does VT use?
Occluders or patches
Electronic targets with timing mechanisms
A variety of special tools designed for specific and unique vision therapy activities
What is the goal of VT?
Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information
WHO NEEDS VISION THERAPY
Vision therapy is safe, drug-free, and effective for both children and adults! While visual acuity (the "20/20" part of vision) requires glasses to improve, visual skills such as tracking together along a line of text must be learned during development, these skills can also be improved later in life at any age.
It is estimated that 1 in 10 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning in school, but school vision screenings can miss up to half of these problems. A comprehensive vision exam with a developmental optometrist checks all aspects of eye health, vision, and visual skills, and can ensure you or your child is not struggling unnecessarily with an undiagnosed vision problem.
Therapy can enhance everyone’s lives by helping a struggling student learn. In order to be successful with vision therapy, the participant needs to have a goal and be willing to invest time and energy in working with their doctor and/or therapist to achieve this goal.
Lazy (Amblyopia)/Turned (Strabismic) eyes
A lazy eye, called Amblyopia, results when one eye doesn’t receive a quality visual image due to a large prescription difference between the eyes, or a misalignment of the eyes (strabismus). As a result of receiving a blurry image from one eye, the brain adapts to actively suppress that eye in order to avoid double vision and/or confusion. Vision Therapy is often very successful in this group of patients, as patching or surgery alone does not treat the root of the problem. Vision therapy acts by breaking the active suppression of the poorer seeing eye by training the brain to use both eyes as a team. Functionally these patients will have a better appreciation of depth of space, will develop better hand-eye coordination and will also see improvements in their coordination and sports performance.
Complex neuro pathways control the vision system and can be adversely affected when a person has a brain injury such as from a stroke or concussion. A variety of symptoms can be experienced from light sensitivity, to double vision, to sensorimotor spatial disorganization. Vision therapy is highly individualized for these people and is focused on rehabilitation so that normal function can resume.
Vision guides action and thus is very important for the success of many athletes. Sports vision therapy is individualized for the athlete’s sport of choice depending on the specific demands of their sport. Areas that are focused on include: hand-eye coordination, dynamic visual acuity, peripheral vision, depth perception, tracking and focus ability. Professional athletes in a variety of sports have used vision therapy to bring their game to the next level.
Eye movement and tracking
This is very important and necessary for reading and sports and every day life.It is a lot easier to move the eyeballs freely of head bopping when reading. Kids having difficulty staying focused may need vision therapy to help with central peripheral awareness.
VISION THERAPY PROCESS
VISION THERAPY ASSESSMENT
A functional binocular vision assessment is done to identify what ocular dysfunctions you have
Testing takes 2 hours but might be longer depending on each individual and how weak the binocular system is.
We book 1 hour slots and so testing would involve multiple visits to the practise
The following tests would be done
Ocular Motility which is also called Eye Tracking and measures fast, small eye movements called saccades, and smooth, fluid movements called pursuits.
Vergence Testing to determine how the eyes turn in convergence, and turn out (divergence). A measurement of how quickly this happens would be done as well.
Accommodation Testing to test the ability of the eye to focus up close and also how quickly the eyes can switch from far to near
Visual Discrimination – The ability to see similarities from differences.
Visual Memory – The ability to visually remember the characteristics of a shape/object after a brief presentation.
Visual Spatial Relationships – The ability to see the difference among forms based on orientation.
Visual Sequential Memory – The ability to remember a series of forms in their specific order of presentation.
Visual Figure-Ground – The ability to perceive a form visually, and to find this form hidden in a clutter of a distracting background.
Visual Directionality – The ability to identify language symbols based on their directional orientation.
Visual Motor Integration – The ability to analyze visual information and reproduce the response in a paper and pencil task.
Visually Directed Gross Motor Function – The ability to effectively integrate the two halves of the body.
Visual-Vestibular Integration – The ability to integrate the visual system and the vestibular system.
Baseline Reading Tests – Standardized testing of word recognition and fluency.
OUR VISION THERAPY ASSESSMENT TESTING CHECKS ALL OF THESE
The ability to move both eyes together to point at an intended target or follow along a path, like a line of text
Forming a clear image of something in the distance
Sustaining Focus at Far
Keeping an image of something in the distance clear
Forming a clear image of something close to the eyes
Sustaining Focus at Near
Keeping a clear image of something close to the eyes
Simultaneous Alignment at Far
Lining up both eyes at the same point the distance
Sustaining Alignment at Far
Holding both eyes lined up at the same point in the distance
Simultaneous Alignment at Near
Lining up both eyes at the same point up close
Sustaining Alignment at Near
Holding both eyes lined up at the same point up close
Central Vision (Visual Acuity)
This is where "20/20" vision comes in!
Being able to see what's on either side of you while your eyes are pointed forward
Being able to tell that things are further away or closer up than each other (also know as depth perception)
Being able to tell different colors apart (if you are not color-blind)
Moving yourself through space without bumping into things by using information from your vision
Writing, sewing, texting, and doing other small and close-up activities with accuracy by using information from your vision
Being aware of your environment and what is going on around you in your visual field (the area you can see)
Bringing together your vision and your other senses to accomplish complex tasks, like reading while walking a balance beam
AFTER VISION THERAPY ASSESSMENT WHAT NEXT?
The Optometrist provides a detailed report and explains the findings and what they imply. You will be given a welcome package and duration of therapy sessions.
Treatment is individualized one-on-one weekly sessions. This would be with our trained vision therapists and doctor. There will be daily homework activities assigned to be practiced for 15-20 minutes, to last till the next vision therapy session.
Every program length depends on each patient and their specific visual needs. Programs can last from 20 weeks to a year or more. The number of sessions, the amount of home work, and the duration of the program depends on the severity of the problem, the goals of the patient, their age, and their commitment and participation level in the program.
Vision therapy is not simply a set of activities you do. The more you are actively involved in the visual experience, the more it becomes part of you and becomes you.