Your Vision Therapy Eye Doctor In Vancouver
We love helping our patients enjoy the beauty of life by improving their vision. At our vision therapy center we treat a variety of vision problems through retraining the eyes with special exercises and activities, these patients leave our program with dramatic vision improvement, heightened school performance, and positive self esteem.
What is vision therapy?
While eyeglasses and contact lenses are effective treatments for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are other vision conditions which corrective lenses cannot fix.
Vision therapy, often referred to as “physical therapy for the eyes and brain,” is a treatment program that consists of a series of “eye exercises” or activities that are prescribed and monitored by a trained optometrist, and are used to retrain the visual system to function more efficiently. The therapy program is customized towards the visual needs of each patient, and is adjusted throughout the process to encourage further visual improvements. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to adapt to new information with remarkable speed and success. This is known as neuroplasticity, and is the guiding concept behind vision therapy’s success.
Who can benefit from vision therapy?
Healthy people with good visual acuity can still suffer from vision problems that affect their quality of life. Vision therapy has shown to be an effective method of treatment for patients of all ages and for many conditions that affect the visual system, including but not limited to:
- Oculomotor dysfunction (eye movement disorders)
- Accommodative disorders (eye focusing disorders)
- Non-strabismic binocular disorders (eye teaming disorders)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury (stroke or concussion)
- Visual information processing disorders
These vision problems are treatable, and are often overlooked at visual screenings. At Vancouver Vision Clinic, we help people overcome these challenges by addressing the underlying vision problem.
Our Vision Therapy Doctor
“There is nothing more gratifying than to help develop the way a child views the world they live in."
Dr. Andrea Morton was born and raised in Camas, Washington where she was fascinated by the field of optometry from an early age. Following graduation from Camas High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Washington. Postgraduate, Andrea received her Doctorate of Optometry from Pacific University’s College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon, graduating with honors, and concurrently earned her Masters of Education with a subspecialty of Visual Function in Learning.
Dr. Morton's areas of specialty care include pediatric eye care, vision therapy, neuro-rehabilitation, and sports vision training. Dr. Morton strives to help her patients and the community understand that vision means much more than simply seeing 20/20. She loves the challenge of helping children in their development and realizes that by treating underlying vision problems, she can help students to read and learn more easily-- in turn giving them more opportunities and choices in life.
Dr. Morton enjoys volunteering and has used her passion and expertise to provide eye exams to under-served children in Jamaica and continues to provide vision screenings for athletes participating in the Washington Special Olympics. She is ecstatic to serve the communities of Camas and Vancouver. When not in the office, Dr. Morton can be found enjoying the great outdoors as she plays racquetball, runs and hikes all over the NW, snowboards, and spends time at the coast. She looks forward to getting to know patients and their families over the years and having the honor of caring for their next generation.
How can I enroll in vision therapy?
A comprehensive eye examination is required to determine if vision therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you and your condition. Contact our office to book an appointment and learn more about vision therapy.
How long can treatment take with vision therapy?
Effective therapy requires visual skills to be developed until they are integrated with other systems and become automatic, enabling patients to achieve their full potential. The length of treatment varies between patients depending on the complexity of their condition and the specific needs of the patient. This may take as little as 10 sessions, or it may take longer.
Success with vision therapy
Vision therapy results can vary depending on each condition and circumstance. Successful vision therapy requires active engagement from the prescribing doctor, vision therapist, patient, and parents of any children enrolled in the program. With time, consistency, and hard work, patients can experience significant improvements in symptoms and efficiency in school or work-related tasks. Many school-aged patients often report increased reading speed, reading comprehension, and performance in school overall.