Can See 20/20 but still struggle with your vision??
-You are NOT alone-
80% of our patients see 20/20 without glasses
Headaches, Eye Strain, Blurred or Double Vision?
Frustration or Fatigue with near work?
Skipping Lines or Poor Comprehension with reading?
Poor Balance, Coordination, or Depth Perception?
Poor Eye Tracking? Eye-Hand Coordination?
... or feel like something just isn't right and don't know how to explain it?
What is Vision Therapy?
Optometric Vision Therapy helps to improve your functional vision, or improve how your eyes track, focus, and team together, or how your brain processes the visual information it receives. It is comprised of many different types of prescribed activities to treat visual dysfunctions. Over time, the brain develops new neuro-visual (brain-eye) pathways - this allows the visual system to operate with improved visual function, efficiency, and control... and all this leads to less effort, less strain, less symptoms, improved performance, and happy patients!
Do you or someone you love...
Struggle with any of the following when reading or doing near work?
Easily frustrated or gives up
Avoids near work
Needs frequent breaks
Rubs eyes or covers an eye
Says words move or float on page
Complains of eye strain or fatigue
Lose their place, rereads often
See words coming in and out of focus?
It could be their vision.
*In a 2017 study, 59 out of 94 children with a learning disability were found to have an underlying and treatable visual dysfunction. Read the study here.
Eye Tracking Problems
Binocular Vision Problems
Also called, Oculomotor Dysfunction, often times patients with this struggle skip lines and words when reading, or often have to reread material. It can drastically affect school and sports performance as well.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The most common binocular dysfunction is Convergence Insufficiency, and it is when the eyes are unable to work together efficiently when looking at near.
These vision problems often cause common symptoms like headaches, eye strain, words that double or move around on the page or come in and out of focus. Although your child may be struggling with these problems, they may not know it is abnormal! Even adults can continue to struggle in their college, work and hobbies.
80% of our brain energy goes into processing visual information! Studies show that over 85% of people who suffer a concussion (even a mild one) or a TBI suffer from one or more visual difficulties that glasses can't fix such as binocular and eye tracking problems, feeling overwhelmed with "too much" visual information, fatigue, avoidance of "busy locations"... and much more can follow the injury. After a concussion or TBI, vision therapy can help regain control of your life and your vision.
"Wander eye(s)," "Eye turn," "wall-eyed," "cross-eyed," "squint"... these all refer to a condition called Strabismus, which is when one or both eyes may be turned in, out, up, or down. It can be all the time, or it can happen sometimes, maybe when you are tired, or sick, or at the end of the day you or your friends/family notice it more often. Eye muscle surgery does not always need to be done and there are additional options that can often be considered.
We diagnose and treat a variety of conditions!
(poor depth perception),
Suppression of Binocular Vision
(brain actually turns off one eye!)
(poor eye focusing)
(poor hand eye coordination)
(poor balance, dizziness, vertigo)
Computer Vision Syndrome
Poor Peripheral Awareness
Visual Processing Dysfunction
Amblyopia is also known as "lazy eye," is when the eyes are healthy but the vision in one or both eyes cannot see normal 20/20 - even with new glasses, contacts, or surgery!
Often "patching" the eye is recommended, and although this is an okay start, patching alone does NOT address the real underlying problems.
What people are saying
"In the short time that our son has been doing vision therapy, his academics have improved, his sports ability have improved, along with his confidence. He gives Miss Becca 100 stars! The staff is very welcoming and helpful, and the doctor truly does his best for the patient. Very glad we found them all!!!"
Dr. Rikson Zollinger
Dr. Zollinger has a passion for improving your life by addressing your functional vision problems. He looks way past the 20/20 vision and addresses the root visual problems that affect the quality of your life. He is Board Certified in Optometric Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, holds a Doctor of Optometry Degree from Southern College of Optometry, and a B.S. degree in Exercise Science and Physiology from Brigham Young University. After graduating optometry school, he completed an intense 2-year clinical training in vision therapy. In March of 2017, he opened Inland Vision Therapy to bring high-quality, success-driven vision therapy and rehabilitation to the Spokane area... and loves it here! Dr Z and his team are proud to help and serve Spokane and surrounding communities, and is grateful to his beautiful wife and five kids for the love and support along the journey!