This approach helps people to reduce their need for corrective lenses, straighten strabismic (“cross” or “wall”) eyes, reduce eye pain and distress, rehabilitate the after-effects of brain and emotional trauma, increase visual attention, movement, cognition and self-confidence to improve academic, social, executive and occupational performance. Functional optometry also aids already high-performing and professional athletes, musicians, dancers, actors and other performers to achieve at even higher levels. Vision therapy optometry applies information from neuroscience, psychology, biology, medicine, education, physical education, physical and occupational therapy, chemistry, physics, mathematics and the spiritual healing arts.
I retired from optometric practice in order to have more time to explore the scientific underpinnings of this work and to teach what I know to my colleagues and the lay public. It’s more than a fulltime job to keep up with the relevant new discoveries, it’s overwhelming but addicting. Over the years, I’ve been especially drawn to these four areas of optometric vision therapy:
The biological and psychological impact of light and color and how it is used as a therapy to protect, preserve and promote visual and mental capacities.