Vision Therapy

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Help Your Eyes & Brain Work Together Effectively

Vision therapy is a method of vision correction that goes beyond correcting sight. These therapeutic exercises can use movement, training, and a variety of specialized tools to teach your eyes, brain, and the rest of your visual system to work together more effectively as a team.

Vision therapy can help with optical issues that affect more than just your eyes. For example, vision therapy can help someone who has experienced a brain injury recover from the visual disruptions caused by their injury.

What Vision Therapy Is

  • A tailored and structured therapeutic program that relies on specially picked exercises.
  • A practice designed to help teach the brain and the eyes to work together effectively.

What Vision Therapy Is Not

  • A singular set of tools, exercises, or practices designed to “hack” your body, such as improve your ability to play sports.
  • A way to correct refractive errors which require other forms of vision correction, like glasses or contact lenses.
  • A quick fix.

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What Vision Therapy Can Treat

The beauty of vision therapy is that it is tailored to suit individual needs.

Vision therapy may be able to help treat:

Strabismus, also known as “crossed-eyes”, occurs when both eyes aren’t able to look at the same object at the same time, and is typically caused by muscle control problems or extreme farsightedness.

Strabismus can have a variety of causes, including amblyopia, which is frequently called “lazy eye”. Many people get the two confused. The main difference between strabismus and amblyopia is that strabismus occurs when the two eyes go in different directions due to an alignment failure, but vision is not necessarily affected because the brain has learned to ignore the visual input from the misaligned eye. With amblyopia, one or both eyes do not have proper visual acuity as a result of the alignment issues.

Eye-tracking deficits, or oculomotor dysfunction, occurs when individuals have trouble controlling their eye movements. Individuals with eye-tracking deficits have trouble following moving targets, moving from one target to another, and staying fixated on one target.

Eye-tracking deficits can occur at any age, and can severely impact a patient’s ability to read. It can also affect a person’s ability to play sports, accurately perceive depth perception, and stay balanced.

Visual perception skills are what we use to gather visual information, and visual processing is what we use to interpret that visual information correctly. Think of visual perception as gathering information, and visual processing as the rate at which we can process what our eyes are telling us.

If an individual is having trouble with one or both of these skills, they may have trouble with everything from using visual learning material to participating in sports and driving. Having deficits in visual perception and processing skills would require one to slow down, taking longer to both intake and use information presented visually.

Could Vision Therapy Help You?

It can be incredibly discouraging to have visual issues that are not as easily defined as something like nearsightedness. Problems that affect the visual system as a whole are not always as easily identified and can have serious effects on a persons’ quality of life and self-esteem.

The team at Cowichan Eyecare both understands and appreciates the difficulties that vision therapy can help to relieve. We are excited to help you discover if vision therapy can help you, and if it can, to work with you to improve your visual skills.

To learn more about our vision therapy programs and support, please contact us.

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Our Services

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Duncan and Area

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

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Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2
Mondays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Tuesdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Visit our main location in Duncan, enclosed by the Trans-Canada Highway, Beverly Street, and Canada Avenue. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2
Mondays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Tuesdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Chemainus and Area

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekend
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location next to Grapefully Yours Winemakers. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Weekend
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

Cobble Hill and Area

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

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Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3
Monday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our weekly staff meeting.

Lake Cowichan and Area

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Weekends
Closed

Please note that on Thursdays we are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our staff meeting.

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