What is Vision Therapy?


Optometric Vision Therapy

Optometric Vision Therapy is the retraining of the visual system to work more effectively and efficiently. Vision therapy improves a patient’s eye focusing, eye tracking, eye teaming, eye-hand coordination, and visual perceptual skills.

A patient who is suspected to have a vision-related learning problem is seen by Dr. Barsness for a comprehensive eye exam that not only checks eyesight but includes evaluation of eye teaming, tracking and eye focusing. The patient and parents/guardians will be asked about learning behaviors and any learning obstacles.

If a visual system problem is found a visual efficiency exam will be recommended. A visual efficiency exam further evaluates eye tracking and eye-hand coordination as well as body laterality, and letter/number directionality, visual perceptual skills and hand writing skills. The visual efficiency exam normally takes one and a half to two hours, depending on the age and abilities of the patient.

If the above testing suggests vision therapy would be beneficial to the patient’s visual system, a plan will be designed for treating the diagnoses. Most plans include 25-45 in-office sessions, supplemented with home therapy.

Do I need to eat my carrots for good eye sight?

Nutrients for Healthy Eyes. Do I have to eat my carrots for good eye sight?

Have you ever wondered what nutrients you need to consume to help with healthy eyes?




There is so much more to healthy eyes and nutritional health then most people think.

Did you know that daily intake of certain nutrients – either through foods or supplements – has been linked to healthy eyes and may reduce the risk of some chronic eye conditions?

Consider the list below, and remember that the recommended daily intake of these essential nutrients typically requires supplementation in addition to exposure through traditional dietary sources. Ask your pharmacist or supplement retailer for additional details, and be sure to follow product directions. It is always important to consult your eye health professional or physician before beginning any new nutrition regimen, including when it changes your dietary supplement usage.


Lutein 10 MG/Per day Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards, or kale, corn, eggs or lutein supplements
DHA/EPA 500 MG/Per day Flax or fleshy fish like tuna or salmon, or fish oil supplements
Vitamin C 500 MG/Per Day Orange juice, other citrus and fortified juices, citrus fruits, Vitamin C supplements or multivitamins.
Vitamin E 400 IU/Per Day Nuys, salad and vegetable oils, peanut butter, fortified cereals, sweet potatoes, Vitamin E, supplements or multivitamins
Zinc 40-80 MG/Per day Red meat, poultry, oysters, fortified breakfast cereals, nuts, baked beans, milk or multivitamin

Questions to discuss with your doctor of optometry:

I take a multivitamin everyday, is that enough?

No. Multivitamins may deliver nutrient amounts below the recommended daily allowance. While this might be sufficient for overall health, multivitamins typically deliver below the recommended level for eye health.

Does cooking lower the nutritional content of food?

No. Studies have found that chopping and sautéing vegetables actually increase the availability of certain nutrients from food.