True North Optometry

Vision Therapy

Humans are not born with a fully developed visual system. Visual skills and abilities are acquired from interacting and engaging with the world around us. There are certain fundamental visual skills that every person needs. When there is an interruption in the development of the visual system, a visual dysfunction can occur.

Vision therapy is designed to help each person meet their own individual needs. During vision therapy at True North Optometry, Dr. Vincent Budac arranges the conditions for learning and developing these fundamental visual skills. Dr. Vincent Budac practices optometry with a behavioural perspective, which means in addition to evaluating eyesight and ocular health, he evaluates how your vision is used.

Vision therapy can help to resolve an eye turn (strabismus), lazy eye (amblyopia), eye strain, and double vision.

A large part of learning is done visually. As children reach school age, their visual demands increase, which can increase the impact that a visual dysfunction can have on their ability to learn. The following list may be signs of an underlying visual problem which can benefit from vision therapy:

  • Holding reading material too close
  • Reversals of letters (b, d, p, q) or words (was & saw)
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension
  • Drowsiness after prolonged near work
  • Skipping words or lines when reading
  • Poor posture when doing near work
  • Irregular head posture when working hard
  • Moving head when reading across a page
  • Poor spelling
  • Poor attention span
  • Difficulty with distinguishing left from right
  • Words going in and out of focus when reading
  • Seeing words shifting or moving on the page
  • Squinting of one or both eyes when working hard
  • Eyestrain or headaches after doing near work
  • Avoiding reading or homework
  • Homework takes longer to complete
  • Poor penmanship including writing uphill/downhill
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • A smart child struggling in school

Dr. Vincent Budac also provides Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation and Sports Vision. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is targeted at regaining visual abilities that have been lost or impaired from traumatic brain injury including concussion and stroke. Sports Vision is for athletes of all ages and sports. In Sports Vision, the goal is the enhancement and mastery of an athlete’s visual skills in order to gain a competitive advantage in their sport.