Vision Therapy Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

Vision therapy is a highly effective method of training your eyes and brain to work together to correct common vision problems and learning disabilities. At Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist in Cypress, California, Dr. Wilkins has extensive experience in vision therapy for patients of all ages, from children through adults. Find out how you or a family member can benefit from vision therapy for problems that interfere with reading or learning. Call the office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilkins or use the online booking tool to select the next available appointment time.

Vision Therapy Q & A

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for your eyes. It’s a nonsurgical method of treating common eye conditions such as:

  • Lazy eye, or amblyopia – decreased vision ability in one or both eyes due to abnormal development
  • Crossed eyes
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Double vision
  • Strabismus, or eye misalignment

Vision therapies are customized to your individual needs and, typically, you come into the office for a 30-minute appointment twice a week. Dr. Wilkins supervises your vision therapy sessions so you can be sure you’re doing the exercises correctly for maximum effectiveness. Vision therapy has the potential to help lessen learning disabilities and problems in school that are related to not being able to see clearly.

What does vision therapy do?

Through prescribed exercises, vision therapy can help you improve your fundamental visual skills. It can also improve your comfort, ease, and efficiency processing visual information. The goal of vision therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles but rather to retrain your brain and eyes to work together more efficiently.

At any age, vision therapy can help you change how you process or interpret visual information so you can read more easily, see better, or remedy an existing eye condition. It’s often especially helpful for those with strabismus or amblyopia since vision therapy can retrain your eyes.

How does vision therapy work?

Depending on your specific vision problem, your exercises may include exercises with any of the following:

  • Prisms
  • Filters
  • Therapeutic lenses
  • Eye patches
  • Balance boards
  • Electronic targets and timing mechanisms
  • Special tools designed specifically for vision therapy exercises

Since vision therapy is nonsurgical and does not involve the use of prescription medications, it’s a safe and effective therapy for patients of all ages with a variety of vision challenges. If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability or is having problems in school, for example, vision therapy may help address these issues without drugs or invasive procedures.

To learn more about the possibilities of vision therapy for yourself or a family member, contact Dr. Wilkins’ office by phone or through the online booking system.