About our Clinic
The Center for Vision Development is a visionary practice founded by Dr. Denise Smith in 2004 that is dedicated to the specialties of developmental, behavioral, pediatric, and neuro-optometry. We offer an unparalleled approach to vision development, learning disabilities, strabismus and amblyopia, attention deficit disorders, pediatric eye care, and traumatic brain injury. We pride ourselves on the comprehensive therapy programs we provide and have been helping patients of all ages overcome hidden vision problems to improve reading, learning, sports performance and quality of life.
Vision Is More Than 20/20!
Vision is much more than reading letters on an eye chart. It is a myth that having 20/20 eyesight, or seeing clearly at a distance, equals good vision. While eyesight is important, vision truly occurs in the brain. Vision is a learned skill, just like learning to walk or talk. In addition to having healthy eyes and clear eyesight, specific visual skills must be developed for proper functional vision. Our approach goes far beyond assessing eyesight. We combine experience and expertise to ensure our patients have the necessary visual skills to succeed in school, in sports, at work and in life.
How Vision Therapy Can Help
Vision therapy is a progressive method of retraining the eyes and brain to work together. During a therapy session, we guide the patient through a series of exercises to build new eye coordination skills. The final result is that both eyes track, focus, and work together as a team. With proper diagnosis and treatment, reading levels can improve significantly, comprehension increases, work is completed more efficiently, and even sports performance is enhanced. Vision therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:
- Eye Movement/Tracking: The ability to quickly and accurately move our eyes.
- Eye Focusing: The ability to adjust focus from various distances and maintain focus over time.
- Eye Teaming: The ability to coordinate the eyes as a team.
- Visual Perceptual Skills: The ability to organize and interpret information that is seen and give it meaning.
All Vision Therapy Is Not Created Equal
Having good vision isn’t just about the eyes. And ironically, it’s not just about “vision”. Here at CVD, our approach to vision development is second to none. Not only do we address the visual skills necessary for learning, but we also include the vestibular system, primitive reflexes, motor skills, balancing the nervous system, phototherapy, vascular therapy, and nutrition. We understand that everything is connected. If you’re only addressing the “visual” part of vision, you may be missing out. All of our sensory and motor systems must support each other for optimal performance. Our treatment programs are constantly evolving and our methods are tried and true. Featuring a team of skilled professionals and the most up to date technology, we provide the most comprehensive solutions to produce the best possible outcomes. Our personalized service and individualized treatment programs are what set us apart from the rest.
Our Services Include:
- Vision Therapy for Children and Adults
- Strabismus and Amblyopia Treatment
- Pediatric Eye Care
- Syntonics Phototherapy
- Vivid Vision Virtual Reality
- Vision Rehabilitation for Brain Injury
- BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy