Do the improvements achieved in vision therapy last?

When a patient undergoes vision therapy, families often recognize remarkable improvement in a rather short period of time. Within a matter of a few weeks or months, many children are able to make significant progress.

Noticeable improvement early in the vision therapy program instills confidence in patients and provides hope for families that their child will overcome the learning-related vision problems that have caused so much frustration and struggle. Because the child’s vision skills develop through vision therapy exercises, activities, and practice, parents often wonder if the effects will last beyond time spent in the program.

Because your child has not undergone surgery and was not prescribed new corrective lenses or medication, you may suspect that vision therapy is not a permanent solution. Often parents wonder if the effects are a quick fix that will fade away with time. You may question whether your child will require vision therapy throughout his lifetime, become dependent on a lifelong costly treatment, or risk reverting to the problems experienced prior to participating in the vision therapy program.

Not only do we expect the results your child experiences from vision therapy to last, we also expect improvements to continue.

Your child will continue to use the new skills learned on a daily basis. Just like fitness and exercise, as long as she continues to use skills regularly, those skills will continue to function and even develop further.

When your child learns new visual processing skills, these new skills will be used repeatedly, become habitual, and the visual system will begin to work correctly and more efficiently.

In vision therapy, also known as vision training, your child will learn meaningful skills that are used in daily activities, so there is a high level of retention. You should notice continued improvement in your child as he or she progresses throughout the school year.  Many of the skills we work on in-office during vision therapy will continue to strengthen as they are put to the test in a school environment.

At the Visual Learning Center in Olney. MD, we stress the importance of having progress checks at 6 or 12 months after a child has completed a therapy program. This will ensure that the gains we made while in therapy are still holding strong, and we will make recommendations for continued improvement. Schedule an assessment appointment today.

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