Dr Bryce Appelbaum with patient

Maryland based therapists "marry" optometric vision therapy and OT for significant results. Husband and wife team Stan Appelbaum, OD, FCOVD, and Barbara Bassin, OTR/L, BCP, are truly one of a kind. The board-certified vision therapist and board-certified pediatric occupational therapist work together in the same practice, offering patients both optometric vision therapy and sensory-integration-oriented occupational therapy. Read this article in its entirety.

"I’m writing this as my daughter, A., has completed her last eye therapy session. Our experience began about two years and two months ago. While that may seem like a long time ago, time really did go by quickly.Her success today is determined by her motivation, not her impaired vision skills."

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"When N. first started vision therapy she was uncomfortable in large groups of people. She cringed and flinched when other children would run past her. Playground situations caused her anxiety. Since beginning vision therapy, I have noticed that she is much more comfortable with people approaching her."

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Benefits from Vision Therapy at Appelbaum Vision

Who Benefits from VT?

If there is suspicion of a vision problem, the first step is to schedule a developmental vision examination to evaluate the visual skills and abilities essential for reading, learning, and life. If indicated, a rehabilitative vision therapy treatment program will be prescribed to meet the individualized goals of the patient and/or family.

Improve vision related reading and learning problems

The way that eyes move, work together and focus can affect a person's ability to read, process and understand information. Studies have shown that deficiencies in any of these areas can lead to a significant handicap in learning. Vision therapy can help overcome these problems - improving the ability to read and learn.

Improve vision in "lazy eye"

It's never too late to treat a lazy eye!

Amblyopia, or lazy eye as it is commonly called, is a condition where there is a loss of sight. There are various causes for it. It cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. However, oftentimes, the condition can be greatly improved through vision therapy. And, while for many patients the condition is often undetected for many years, studies show that active vision therapy treatment is effective at any age.

Correct cross or turned eyes

Strabismus is a condition when a person is unable to align both eyes simultaneously under normal vision conditions. Contrary to old wives tales, it rarely corrects itself and children do not outgrow it over time. Cosmetic surgery can sometimes be done to align the eye more closely.

But by using vision therapy, prisms and prescription lenses, the condition can oftentimes, be corrected non-surgically. (Even if a child has had surgery for a cosmetic cure, vision therapy is recommended to help improve the vision function in the eye.)

Enhance sports performance

Whether you're a weekend athlete or a serious professional, vision therapy can give you a competitive edge by improving depth perception, hand-and-eye coordination, visual tracking and reaction time

Aid people after a stroke or brain trauma

Double vision, headaches, blurred vision, eye strain, confusion related to visual tasks, difficulty reading, etc. can result after trauma to the head/brain or after a stroke. Vision therapy combined with co-managed rehabilitative care can increase independence, balance, reduce symptoms, and often enhance the benefits from speech, occupational, and physical therapy.

Myopia (nearsightedness) prevention, control, and reduction programs

Myopia (nearsightedness) can be controlled safely and effectively for a majority of people! This is one of the best kept secrets in health care today. Without the risks and expense of experimental surgery, nine out of ten people can stop their vision from worsening and in many cases actually reduce their prescription. Techniques used include specialized fitting with modern contact lens materials, reducing eye strain, and nutritional counseling to control metabolic risk factors.

Alleviate headaches from visual stress

Muscle contraction "tension" headaches while reading and/or doing deskwork may not be from physical stress. Instead, they may be caused by tired, strained eyes. Vision therapy offers safe, on-going relief - versus a lifetime of medications and side effects.

Help tired eyes in the workplace

Even when their workstation is designed correctly, many patients with 20/20 eyesight and healthy eyes experience blurred or uncomfortable vision when looking at a computer monitor. These symptoms often result from faulty eye teaming and focusing skills. Vision therapy, along with prescription computer lenses, is an effective treatment for these problems.

Improve skills in visually delayed children

Developmental Optometrists collaborate with OT's to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Vision development is often delayed in children with epileptic disorders, cerebral palsy, autistic behaviors, PDD or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Vision therapy is key for helping children build their sensory skills for better learning and function in the activities of daily living.

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