Vision Rehabilitation and Development

How Vision Training HelpsKids

Millions of kids all over the world struggle in school because they are not able to properly see and interpret what they are learning. Over 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually- if your child is struggling to see, school can be overwhelming.

We have helped thousands of children see better. Beyond determining if their growing eyes are healthy, we assess whether or not a child has the visual skills they need in order to be successful in school.

Visit us to see if vision training is right for your child.                                 

Working together, we will help your child see and understand the world around them with greater ease and clarity.

Correct Eye Alignment Problems                                                                                      

Eye alignment concerns, such as amblyopia or strabismus, can take a tremendous toll on someone. In addition to the problems such conditions cause with our vision, there is also a serious confidence and self-esteem impact. For children, amblyopia or strabismus can make learning nearly impossible.

Our Developmental Optometrists are eye alignment specialists and will work directly with your child to correct these issues.

Improve Engagement & Visual Comprehension

Approximately 1 in 5 children have not developed the visual skills needed to excel in school. The most common visual issue is being able to see up-close, such as when reading. Reading is one of the most demanding tasks placed on our visual systems.

Vision training helps your child by improving their eye teaming (how the eyes work together), tracking (how the eyes remain focused on an object), and comprehension skills.

Betty’s Bribery Brownies Get Kids Engaged ….. And adults too!

What are Betty’s Bribery Brownies? We’re glad you asked! Every day that Betty sees vision training patients, she bakes – by hand – a new pan of her delicious, scrumptious, found-nowhere-else-in-Listowel chocolate brownies for everyone to enjoy


Enjoy yours at your next appointment!

Existing and potential patients can contact Donna Edgar for more questions on Vision Training.

Vision Training is Effective for Adults, Too!

Many adults believe that vision training is only meant for children. While it’s true that a younger, more adaptable mind has a definite advantage throughout the vision training process, the benefits that many adults receive from vision training are incredible. In fact, because adults are typically more invested and better able to understand the vision training process, they tend to internalize therapy faster which leads to great results.

Visit us to see if vision training can help you.

What is Vision Training?

For millions of Canadians, vision training has helped them look, see, and feel better. For people living with an eye misalignment, recovering from eye surgery, or looking to increase their hand/eye coordination and visual skills, vision training is a painless and rewarding process.

Suitable for both children and adults, vision training is a specialized process that is tailored to the needs of the patient. It is ideal for correcting eye alignment, improving eye teaming, and empowering the eyes to focus more efficiently. By using tasks, training, eye patching, and testing we work to teach the brain how to use both eyes correctly.

Check out testimonials from our patients and their parents.

Improve Eye Alignment, Tracking & Accommodation

Eye alignment problems are more rare in adults than children, but as it is with children, vision training is an effective tool to resolve them. Often, vision training is used after eye alignment surgery as a way to retrain the eyes and ensure they remain properly aligned.

Using Syntonic Therapy (Light Therapy) to Improve Vision

Syntonic therapy is a powerful method to improve vision and our experience has shown it to be a powerful vision training tool.

What is Syntonic Therapy?
Syntonics, or optometric phototherapy, is the branch of ocular science dealing with the application of selected light frequencies through the eyes. It has been used clinically for over 70 years in the field of optometry with continued success in the treatment of visual dysfunctions, including strabismus (eye turns), amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, and the aftereffects of stress and trauma. In recent years, Syntonics has been shown to be effective in the treatment of brain injuries and emotional disorders.

Light is essential to life. Our planet revolves around the sun and all life on earth is sustained by sunlight. The Greeks were the first to document the use of phototherapy. Currently light is used on a variety of disorders from the “bili” lights used on jaundiced newborns to the more recent psychiatric use of white light for treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In optometry the use of phototherapy to treat visual dysfunctions is called Syntonics.

Interest in the effect of light on the body intensified earlier this century. Most of the current therapeutic techniques used in syntonics are based on the work done by Dr. Harry Riley Spitler in the 1920s and 1930s. Dr. Spitler, who had both optometric and medical degrees, began researching and using phototherapy in 1909. Spitler, the author of “The Syntonic Principle”, conceived the principles for a new science that he called “Syntonics”. Syntonics, from the word syntony (to bring into balance), refers physiologically to a balanced, integrated nervous system.

Certain biochemical conditions in the brain need to be present before effective cortical plasticity and new functions can occur. Neurotransmitters trigger this biochemistry and allow for additional synaptic connections to initiate movement and growth in new directions. Colored light therapy can act as a powerful tool to stimulate the biochemistry of the brain through the visual system by way of the retinal-hypothalamic brain connection.

Syntonic Phototherapy May be Today’s Most Advanced Clinical Science in Light Therapy.

Since the 1920’s it has been used effectively by optometrists to treat patients who have inefficient visual function.

Since eighty percent of learning occurs by way of the eyes, inefficient visual function can adversely affect all aspects of one’s life, including academic achievement, athletic performance and proficiency at work.

Light therapy is also gaining respect in the medical community as its benefits are investigated in the treatment of jet lag, PMS, sleep disorders and conditions related to the body’s daily rhythms. Exposure to certain colors has also been found to affect behavior, mood and physiological functions.

Patients are diagnosed by symptoms, vision evaluation, visual/motor performance and peripheral vision sensitivity. They may have blurred vision, a crossed eye, double vision or poor academic achievement. If appropriate, they are treated by way of their eyes with selected visible light seen as colors.

Not all retinal (light-sensitive) nerves in the eyes serve vision. Some connect the retina directly to non-visual brain centers such as the hypothalamus and pineal gland. These centers influence electrical, chemical and hormonal balances which affect all body functions including vision. Years of clinical application and research have demonstrated that certain selected light frequencies (colors), applied by way of the eyes to these centers, can produce beneficial results in the body.

Controlled clinical studies by Dr. Robert Michael Kaplan and Dr. Jacob Liberman proved that the usual result of this relatively short-term treatment is improvement in visual skills, peripheral vision, memory, behavior, mood, general performance, and academic achievement.

They confirmed that large numbers of children with learning problems have a reduction in the sensitivity of their peripheral vision. During and after phototherapy they demonstrated improvement of peripheral vision and visual skills. Control subjects who did not receive therapy showed no improvement in their peripheral vision, symptoms or performance.

In 1985 psychiatry discovered light therapy. In medical clinics throughout this country and around the world, many individuals are now receiving exposures to bright light as treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Syntonics can be used as the primary treatment or to support other therapies to aid in the remediation of strabismus, amblyopia, accommodative/convergence problems, asthenopia, ametropia, visual attention deficit, vision-related learning and behavior problems, and visual field constrictions associated with visual stress, brain injury, degenerative ocular disorders, and emotional trauma.

Listowel Vision Care offers new technologies to assist our Vision Therapy patients.

What is Vivid Vision?
Vivid Vision is a virtual reality system designed for people who have Amblyopia, Strabismus (lazy eye) and Convergence Insufficiency. We are also able to offer Vivid Vision in a home-use system. The Vivid Vision program must be prescribed by your Vision Therapy Optometrist.

What is NeuroTracker?
NeuroTracker, based out of Montreal, is a unique technology that allows people to improve performance by training the brain with multiple-object tracking. Using a large 3D display and specialized eyewear, the purpose of NeuroTracker is to heighten concentration and focus, improve response times and enhance situational awareness. With NeuroTracker, we are able to train athletes, students and distracted drivers with their ability to focus on the task at hand.