Eye Exercises in Vision Therapy

Vision therapy entails various exercises that aim to overcome certain vision disorders. To give you a better understanding of how this type of therapy works, A+ Vision Optometry discusses the different eye exercises involved in vision therapy.

What Vision Therapy Is For

Visual training caters to patients with binocular disorders. These types of vision difficulties are caused by the misalignment of the eyes. The most common binocular disorders include strabismus and amblyopia. Vision therapy is also used to improve the residual vision of patients who have suffered brain or optic nerve injury. There are also eye exercises that promote eye relief after performing activities that require intense visual focus, such as computer use.

Take note that not all eye exercises are proven to be effective in treating eye problems and other disorders such as learning disabilities, dyslexia, macular degeneration, glaucoma, refractive errors and poor sports vision. Only certified eye doctors and specialists are qualified to diagnose conditions that could benefit from vision therapy.

Below are the exercises involved in vision therapy:

Pencil Push Up

This exercise involves a pencil, preferably with numbers or letters written on it. The doctor will ask the patient to pick a letter or number on the pencil and to focus on it. The pencil is held at an arm’s length away from the face and will then be slowly moved towards the patient’s nose. It should be drawn away again once the characters start appearing as a double image. Pencil push up exercises are designed to correct strabismus, mostly among children.

Lens and Prism Fixation

These exercises are performed using lenses and prisms. During lens fixation, the patient will be asked to view an object through lenses with varying degrees of strength. This exercise trains the patient to adjust to different visual fields. Prism fixation uses the same principle. In this case, the patient will be instructed to look into different prisms with different orientations.

Shifting Fixation

Another exercise involved in vision therapy is called shifting fixation. It entails instructing the patient to focus on a distant object and then on a near object.


Patching caters mostly to patients with amblyopia. It involves patching the dominant eye to encourage vision improvement on the weaker eye.

A+ Vision Optometry is committed to providing excellent eye care services for everyone. You may contact us at (949) 377-1312. We work with patients in Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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