Your Vision Therapy Eye Doctor In Idaho Falls
We love helping our patients enjoy the beauty of life by improving their vision. Through vision therapy, we treat a variety of vision problems by retraining the eyes with special exercises and activities. These patients leave our program with dramatic vision improvement, heightened school performance, and positive self esteem.
What is vision therapy?
While eyeglasses and contact lenses are effective treatments for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, there are other vision conditions which corrective lenses cannot fix.
Vision therapy, often referred to as “physical therapy for the eyes and brain,” is a treatment program that consists of a series of “eye exercises” or activities that are prescribed and monitored by a trained optometrist, and are used to retrain the visual system to function more efficiently. The therapy program is customized towards the visual needs of each patient, and is adjusted throughout the process to encourage further visual improvements. The human brain is remarkable in its ability to adapt to new information with remarkable speed and success. This is known as neuroplasticity, and it is the guiding concept behind vision therapy’s success.
Who can benefit from vision therapy?
Healthy people with good visual acuity can still suffer from vision problems that affect their quality of life. Vision therapy has shown to be an effective method of treatment for patients of all ages and for many conditions that affect the visual system, including, but not limited to:
- Oculomotor dysfunction (eye movement disorders)
- Accommodative disorders (eye focusing disorders)
- Non-strabismic binocular disorders (eye teaming disorders)
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury (stroke or concussion)
- Visual information processing disorders
These vision problems are treatable and often overlooked at visual screenings. At Family Vision Associates, we help people overcome these challenges by addressing the underlying vision problem.
Our Vision Therapy Doctor
Dr. Jared Ivie is a native of southeast Idaho and was raised in Firth, Idaho, where he graduated high school. He received his Bachelors of Biology Degree at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Dr. Ivie then attended optometry school in Memphis, Tennessee at the Southern College of Optometry. During his time in optometry school, he was part of the professor elected Student Ambassador program, where he assisted in student recruitment, admissions, and public relations of the college. He also traveled to both the Dominican Republic and Mexico on humanitarian eye care trips, providing vision and medical care to those in need. While in school and during his externships Dr. Ivie trained with two premier vision and medical eye care centers in Memphis, the Eclectic Eye, and Southern Eye Associates. Dr. Ivie graduated with his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2009 and at graduation was awarded the X-Cel Contacts Outstanding GP Fitting Award for excellence in clinical contact lens fitting.
Upon graduation, Dr. Ivie attended an intense one-year primary care optometry residency program at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Hospital. During this time he was proud to provide visual and medical care for hundreds of our nation’s veterans, treating such diseases as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. Shortly after finishing his residency Dr. Ivie entered family practice as an associate at Newcastle Vision Clinic in eastern Wyoming. Dr. Ivie provided eye care services for all ages including low vision, cataract/Lasik surgery post-op, and medical eye care, but gained a true passion for pediatrics and working with children.
Dr. Ivie is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and four children.
How can I enroll in vision therapy?
A comprehensive eye examination is required to determine if vision therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you and your condition. Contact our office to book an appointment and learn more about vision therapy.
How long can treatment take with vision therapy?
Effective therapy requires visual skills to be developed until they are integrated with other systems and become automatic, enabling patients to achieve their full potential. The length of treatment varies between patients depending on the complexity of their condition and the specific needs of the patient. This may take as little as 10 sessions, or it may take longer.
Questions and Answers About Vision Therapy
Dr. Jared Ivie can answer your questions about vision therapy, including:
- What is Vision Therapy?
- Can Vision Therapy help with learning problems?
- Where to research about vision therapy?
- How long does Vision Therapy take?
And many more!