Vision therapy

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Registered: 08-27-2005
Vision therapy
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 10:32pm

Anyone have experience with with vision therapy? It has been recommended for my son. He is 7 and struggling with reading. Keeps rubbing his eyes and won't track all the way across the page. We would like to explore vision therapy, but insurance is a challenge. Any tips for working with this? 


Mom to Lucas 4 Years old, and Isabella 2.5 years old.

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Registered: 02-07-2011
Thu, 04-25-2013 - 3:05pm

I have a friend who's son had vision therapy when he was about that age and it made a huge difference for him. I seem to recall that her insurance balked at paying for it as well, from what I recall she had to pay out of pocket, but I'll have to ask. Who did the recommendation?

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Registered: 04-18-2004
Fri, 08-09-2013 - 11:11pm

Hi! I am new to this board and am trying to figure out things for my son (age 6). Anyway, we are having him undergo vision therapy right now. First, find out whether your insurance covers a behavioral eye exam. This is an in-depth exam done by a behavioral optometrist. The standard eye exam won't detect all visual problems, just acuity. For example, our son has convergence insufficiency, amblyopia, and a compressed field of vision. Convergence insufficiency is relatively common. We started doing eye exercises with one eye doctor and then switched to doing light therapy with another. Since we are in the process, we will have to see whether/how he improves. Our insurance does cover visits but there is a copay so it can be quite costly. I would see if you could afford a few visits and then do the exercises at home. Good luck. If anyone else is reading this and has done light therapy for visual problems, I'd love to hear your experience. Thanks!