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April 2012
New vision therapy program offered in Moose Lake

Moose Lake Eye Care and Mercy Hospital are working together to offer a new vision therapy program to help people of all ages with vision problems. A new service to the area, vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain. It is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. It is also used for sports vision improvement.

 

“Currently the closest places to receive this service are Brainerd and the Twin Cities,” said Dr. Sasha Narayan, Optometrist, Moose Lake Eye Care. “We are excited to offer this new service locally and believe it will be a great benefit to those with vision concerns.”

Visual processing or developmental vision problems can’t be detected unless an optometrist specifically tests for them. If a problem is identified and vision therapy is prescribed, patients work with a Mercy Occupational Therapist using a progressive program of vision exercises or procedures under a doctor’s supervision. The program is individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient and is supplemented with exercises done at home between office visits.

 

Depending on the case, vision therapy is prescribed to:

  • Help patients develop or improve visual skills and abilities
  • Improve visual comfort, ease and efficiency
  • Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information.

 

For more information about vision therapy, contact Moose Lake Eye Care at 218-485-8495.

 

This program is supported through a grant from The Mercy Foundation.

 

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