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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  

  • Can vision therapy help with learning problems?
    Yes. It is not uncommon that learning challenges may stem from an underlying visual problem. Even intelligent, highly motivated people can be severely impaired by these problems in academic or work environments. While vision therapy does not cure dyslexia or other learning disorders, vision therapy addresses learning-related difficulties and fills in developmental gaps.
  • How does vision affect learning?
    Many deficiencies in vision can be mistaken for learning disabilities. Research has shown that over 60% of children who struggle with reading and learning have undiagnosed vision problems contributing to their difficulties. Furthermore 80% of information present in school is presented visually. Untreated vision problems can cause great frustration and undue stress in what should otherwise be an exciting period of learning. Learn more
  • Why vision therapy instead of surgery?
    Some problems are best treated through surgery, others are best treated through therapy, and some patients do best with a combination approach. Vision Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that effectively re-trains how your brain controls your eyes. Surgery is an invasive procedure that always carries some element of risk. When considering all treatment options, it is important to be as informed as possible. More information about vision therapy for strabismus can be found here.
  • Does vision therapy hurt?
    No. Vision therapy exercises may be strenuous, but you should not experience pain. Unlike surgery, vision therapy is a non-invasive type of treatment. Please immediately notify your vision therapist if you are experiencing any pain when performing the exercises.
  • Is vision therapy a new type of therapy?
    Vision therapy has been around since the 1850s, but continues to evolve and adapt to the latest optometric findings and technologies.
  • What are the exercises?
    Activities common in our practice can be found in the books “Thinking Goes to School” and “Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement”. These exercises and others are customized to meet each patient’s specific needs. It is important to note that the improper execution could lead to harm. Some visual training exercises require the use of prisms, lenses, vectograms and other instruments that can only be administered under the guidance of an optometrist.
  • Can you be too old / too young to benefit from Vision Therapy?
    While vision therapy is not usually prescribed for patients under the age of 3 (since other therapies may be more appropriate), our therapists regularly work with with patients between the ages of 2 and 90.
  • What is the recommended age for an eye exam?
    Children as young as six months can benefit from a vision evaluation! This helps detect potential vision problems early so interventions can be more successful. If your child is between 6 months and 12 months of age, we recommend you schedule an InfantSEE evaluation. This exam is free of charge and is designed to help prevent otherwise treatable conditions that may go unnoticed. For more information, visit https://www.infantsee.org/ Once the child is 3 years old, we recommend scheduling another vision check-up to ensure their vision is developing appropriately. Finally, once a child enters first grade in school, we recommend scheduling yearly vision exams. If you would like more information about what evaluation may be right for you or your child, please contact us and we will be happy to help!
  • What makes us different from other vision therapy offices?
    The VCDC approach is individualized, holistic, and comprehensive. We are individualized because our office only sees patients for one-on-one sessions with their therapist, ensuring that you get their full attention. We are holistic because we take into account a patient’s developmental abilities when customizing their treatment plan. We are comprehensive in that we look at how vision affects multiple aspects of everyday living, not just what your eyes can do. We do not work on a cookie cutter system where patients all cycle through in groups, doing the same activities regardless of skill.
  • How long will therapy take?
    While the length of treatment varies depending on severity of problem, frequency of appointments, and patient compliance, treatment is prescribed by the doctors in three-month intervals. How it works is, the patient attends in-person (or virtual) sessions weekly and completes the home activities as assigned. Approximately every three months, the doctor re-evaluates the patient in the office and measures progress in the relevant visual skills for their case. Then, the doctor adjusts the treatment plan so that the vision therapist is always working at the current level the patient can handle. This process repeats until the patient meets their goals and/or when the doctor determines their vision conditions have resolved.
  • How do I know if I need an exam?
    Check our symptoms checklist quiz to see what areas you’d like to improve. 
  • When do you schedule exams?
    We are currently accepting new patients. Exams are generally performed on weekdays. To discuss scheduling options, click here to speak to our Patient Care Coordinator.
  • Are your services covered by insurance?
    We are an out of network provider for most insurances. However, we will provide patients with invoices that detail the diagnosis and treatment codes. The patient can then file for reimbursement directly with their insurance company. We do accept Medicare Part B as a primary insurer.
  • Why is the cost so high?
    There are less than a handful of clinics around the world that offer the quality of vision and visuo-cognitive therapy that we do. Our doctors are among the 2% of board certified optometrists doing vision therapy. All of our therapists are certified. Collectively, our office has over 100 years of experience combined. ​ If you need financial assistance, speak to our Operations Director to discuss financing programs.
  • Are there payment alternatives?
    Exams require a $100 deposit and must be paid in full on the date of service. Vision therapy packages can either be paid in full or paid in monthly installments. Financing options are also available through Care Credit.  For further information, feel free to visit www.carecredit.com  For more information please email our Patient Care Coordinator at Alyssa@visiontherapydc.com
  • Where can I buy glasses?
    We don’t sell glasses, but click here to see our list of recommended opticians. Due to the potential complexity of our doctors’ prescriptions, it is important to make sure that your glasses are checked by our office after they have been made.
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