The Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Service (VTR) provides care to patients of all ages under the direction of Marc Taub, OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD, Chief of Service. Patients are referred to the care of doctors in this service both from within The Eye Center and from other doctors throughout the Mid-South region.
The VTR service specializes in the care of patients experiencing visual deficits secondary to learning and physical disability, acquired brain injury or neurological insult and low vision secondary to ocular disease.
Who can benefit from a vision therapy or vision rehabilitation evaluation?
- Many eye diseases and injuries may cause decreased vision. (www.lighthouse.org) Among the most common conditions encountered include macular degeneration, (www.ahaf.org) glaucoma, (www.glaucoma.org) and diabetic retinopathy. (www.aoa.org/diabetic-retinopathy.xml) Genetic diseases such as Leber’s Hereditary Amaurosis, albinism and retinitis pigmentosa may affect vision at an early age.
- Acquired brain injury (CVA or trauma) can alter not only a patient’s sight, but the ability to process the information. (www.nora.cc)
- Children and young adults may suffer from a binocular vision, accommodative, visual processing or ocular motor dysfunction that may affect academics. (www.childrensvision.com)
An evaluation in the VTR service will determine the need for optometric vision rehabilitation, which is an individualized treatment regimen aimed at the remediation of visual, perceptual and motor disorders. Treatment provided in this service often consists of multi-sensory and neuro-behavioral therapy for disorders not managed solely by eyeglasses or contact lenses. State-of-the-art instrumentation and computerized technology allow patients of all ages to improve their vision for optimum performance not only in the classroom or on the sports field but also in performing the everyday activities of daily living.
Doctors at TEC are specifically trained to provide the highest level of diagnosis and treatment for these conditions. In fact, a majority of doctors in this service area are certified Fellows of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. (www.COVD.org)