Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Vision therapy can improve comfort and visual skill during daily activities such as reading, math, and computer work. The goal of vision therapy is to improve visual efficiency and reduce strain.
The Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation clinic is part of the Binocular Vision (or BV) clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. The BV clinic specializes in binocularity, which is how your two eyes work together. Patients suffering from binocular vision problems have difficulty reading or working at a computer. Conditions such as strabismus (“crossed-eye”) and amblyopia (“lazy eye”) can often be improved with vision training exercises to build proper eye muscle coordination.
Vision therapy can be effective for both children and adults. It can help students read and study more efficiently. Patients with a history of traumatic or acquired brain injury can also rehabilitate their reading eye movements, visual attention, and visual processing speed.
The vision therapy evaluation is comprised of 2 to 3 initial 90-minute evaluations. If needed, vision therapy sessions are 45 minutes each and include supplemental procedures done at home.
Visual skills trained during therapy
Click on a skill listed below to learn more.
The ability to adjust the focusing of our eyes when we look far away and up close. Dysfunctions can cause blurred vision, visual discomfort, difficulty switching focus back and forth, and fatigue.
The coordinated movement and focus of our two eyes when we view both close objects and far objects. Dysfunctions can cause eye strain, double vision, headaches, difficulty reading and concentrating, and dizziness.
The ability to move the eyes efficiently from one line to another, and to track both stationary and moving objects effectively. Dysfunctions can cause you to lose your place while reading, and to insert or skip words.
The ability to make sense of the information we see. This includes skills like spatial awareness, visual memory, and the ability to pick out an object within a busy background. Dysfunctions can cause visual confusion or feeling overwhelmed in busy, cluttered environments.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us for a vision therapy evaluation.
- Do you lose your place while reading?
- Do you skip words while reading?
- Do you need to cover an eye to read?
- Do you get headaches when reading or doing homework?
- Do you experience blurry or double vision?
- Do you tire quickly while reading?
- Do you have difficulty copying from the board?
- Do you have “crossed eyes” (Strabismus) or “lazy eye” (Amblyopia)?
- Do you have a history of head injuries?
Vision Therapy Facts
A recent study found that 75% of patients who underwent in-clinic training combined with home supplemental procedures had less severe and fewer symptoms when reading or doing other near work. (ref: NEI)
1 out of 4 children has an undiagnosed vision problem that interferes with their ability to learn and read (ref: APHA).
Appointments are available Tuesday through Saturday. Please call for appointment times. If you or the patient has never been seen at any of our clinics before, we suggest setting up a comprehensive eye exam in our Primary Care clinic as a first step, unless you are being referred to us by a specialist.
Binocular Vision Clinic
UC Berkeley Optometry
200 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Debora Chen, OD, MPH, FAAO
Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry
Jennifer H. Fisher (Lim), OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Assistant Clinical Professor