Amblyopia is a brain-based visual condition where one eye displays poor visual functioning due to reduced neurovisual development. This occurs even with use of glasses or contact lenses. The amblyopic eye not only has poorer sight/clarity, it also has reduced performance in a number of visual processing skills.
Amblyopia occurs as a result of Strabismus (eye turn / crossed eyes) or differences in clarity between the two eyes (due to farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism). When the brain has difficulty interpreting visual information from the two eyes in a balanced and equal way due to differences in clarity or eye alignment, the brain begins to filter out and ignore one eye which leads to amblyopia.
Brain Injury / Concussion & Stroke
Visual deficits are extremely common after concussion / brain injury and stroke. Research shows nearly 80% of brain injury patients suffer from vision problems that affect daily living. This occurs because the visual system is directly connected to many other sensory systems to allow for the proper integration of information processing that contribute to normal daily activities.
Sports / Athletic Performance
Optimizing Visual Skills
There are times when an athlete’s vision can be improved beyond wearing glasses. Vision Therapy for sports training can improve areas in visual functioning that may be lacking in efficiency relevant to overall athletic performance. Therapy can improve peripheral awareness, depth perception, visual-motor reaction and timing so that the visual system will not only see clearly, but see faster and see more than most.
Those with neurodevelopmental issues often have hypersensitive visual systems and are overwhelmed by visual input resulting in difficulty of the brain in interpreting sensory information. This leads to a mismatch between the eyes and body and a breakdown of sensory-motor integration. This disintegration of sensory input from the eyes and body leads to difficulty in information processing which makes it a struggle to gather and derive appropriate meaning from what one sees.
Retained Motor Reflexes
Retained (primitive) motor reflexes are involuntary movement patterns directed by the brainstem, meaning they are not under conscious control. They emerge in-utero and during the early weeks/months of life play an essential role in infant survival and development.
These reflexes have a limited life span and lay the foundation for more precise movement. Eye movements are considered the most precise and neurologically demanding motor skills initiated by the brain. When earlier general body movement patterns do not develop appropriately, visual skills tend to be poorly controlled and loosely integrated as they are built upon a faulty foundation.
Syntonics / Light Therapy
Syntonics, or light therapy may be used as a supplement to office-based therapy / rehabilitation. Although it may sound like an unorthodox method for treating visual conditions, syntonics is firmly grounded in neuroscience. Through the application of selected light through the eyes, syntonics treats and improves vision problems that affect daily functioning. When light enters the eyes, it doesn’t only serve vision to allow us to see images, but effects certain brain centers that influence nervous system functioning like attention, circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) and more. Nebraska Visual Integration Center is proud to be one of the only offices in Nebraska to provide this service to our patients.
NEBRASKA VISUAL INTEGRATION CENTER
Nebraska Visual Integration Center is a specialized vision care practice dedicated to Vision Therapy & Vision Rehabilitation in Omaha, Nebraska. We focus our care on functional visual issues that impact learning, classroom and work performance; non-surgical treatment for strabismus; advanced amblyopia treatment; concussion/brain injury; and neurodevelopment delays.
11905 P Street, Suite #106
Omaha, NE 68137