Doctor on Call 24/7
20094 Kenwood Trail West
Lakeville, MN 55044
Monday - Thursday:
8:30am - 7:00pm
8:30am - 5:30pm
8:00am - 12:00pm
Sometimes vision problems interfere with one’s school, work, sport, or other activities. If you or your child is bright, but is having a hard time with things that peers aren’t, our in-office Vision Therapy services may benefit them.
Vision Therapy is an integral part of our optometric care; it is devoted to developing, improving, and enhancing a person’s visual system. Our goal is to provide the necessary tools to allow a person to perform everyday tasks more easily and efficiently.
Vision is more than “just seeing” 20/20. Over 90% of the information we process is visual. A person may have 20/20 vision (acuity) but may not have developed the ability to interpret, identify, or understand what is being seen. This process starts at birth and continues to develop throughout our lives. This is why it is so important that we learn to see correctly at an early age.
Success in learning is directly linked to good vision. In fact, 80% of all learning is done visually. If this skill has not been mastered, it begins to catch up with the individual. Many notice this by the end of the elementary years when more reading is necessary or in the middle school years when students are directly applying what they have read to their studies. This is why we emphasize the three areas necessary for excellent reading, which are convergence, accommodation, and tracking.
Headed by Dr. Anthony McDonald and Molly McDonald, our Vision Therapists offer our patients an individually tailored therapy program. Certified through the Baltimore Academy of Behavioral Optometry (BABO) program, they are trained in the three areas of visual dysfunctions, learning related vision problems, strabismus, and amblyopia. By addressing these areas of vision we focus on heightening human performance in reading, sports, and many other everyday life situations.
Throughout the Vision Therapy process, a person maximizes their visual skills to become more effective in school, at work, or on the playing field. Our patients range in age from 5 to 55 and every individual has their own tailored course to best meet their goals and needs. Upon mastering the skills learned while working with our vision therapy team, those lacking self esteem leave with new found confidence.
Vision Therapy is offered Monday though Saturday and is sometimes covered by Insurance.
Pediatrician on medical school and Vision Therapy for her son:
"Everyone knows that vision is important for learning, but vision processing – how the brain is interpreting what the two eyes are seeing together – was never discussed. The specific vision skills needed for reading – eye teaming, saccadic movements, pursuits, convergence in the same place – these were never mentioned during any of my training in medical school or residency. Ophthalmologists are trained to evaluate each individual eye, the visual acuity of that eye, whether or not disease is present, and if it needs surgery. They are not trained to evaluate how the brain processes the information coming in at the same time from both eyes together." - Janna Jennings, MD