Top 8 Eye Care Centers for Tech-Powered Vision Therapy Programs
Yes! You have heard it right! Vision therapy programs are no more riddled with tedious eye exercises—instead have been revolutionised with digital solutions. Engaging solutions that keep you motivated, as well as, help eyecare professionals achieve superiorly targeted and long-lasting results.
Vision therapy programs—given their non-invasive nature—are very beneficial to individuals with conditions like Strabismus, Amblyopia, CVS, and Neuro-Vestibular disorders. Vision therapy solutions help you bypass the risk and hassle of surgeries and complex medical procedures.
Traditionally, vision therapy programs would include (depending on your condition) eye exercises, corrective lenses, and therapy procedures like patching, Marsden ball, & Brock string. As ingenuine as these solutions were—they failed to prove engaging, and sometimes even failed to provide a long-lasting solution.
In cases of adult ophthalmic disorders or with advanced ophthalmic disorders, the traditional therapies were not precise enough in their effectiveness. As a result, the conditions would recur sometime post-therapy.
The novelty of the latest digital vision therapies, on the other hand, is their ability to precisely target ocular muscles, nerves, and other concerned ocular structures. Needless to say, they are as much non-invasive as their traditional predecessors. Additionally, these new vision therapy solutions are Virtual Reality and video game-based digital solutions—that prove highly engaging and motivating for patients.
There are also many vision therapy software that helps eyecare professionals track the progress of the therapy and accordingly improvise if needed. In short, the new digital vision therapies very successfully address the loopholes that were present in the traditional procedures.
Uniqueness—Lazy eye & Computer Vision Syndrome
Preferred medium—Digital video-game solutions
Bynocs provides modern video-game-based vision therapy solutions for optometric disorders like Amblyopia (Lazy eye,) Strabismus, eye-straining, and Computer Vision Syndrome, and for Neuro-ophthalmology treatment. The dedicated focus on Computer Vision Syndrome and eye-straining makes Bynocs a very relevant vision therapy provider in this day and age—when eye-straining is getting increasingly popular along with the popularization of digital screens.
The Bynocs solutions focus on dichoptic-theory-based therapy exercises that involved presenting two different images to two eyes—as a result forcing the weak eye to improve and coordinate properly with the strong eye and the brain.
The three proprietary solutions AmblyGo, DeStrain, and NeoAdaptor—tackle three major modern-day optometric concerns Amblyopia, Computer Vision Syndrome, and Neuroadaptation respectively.
Bynocs provides engaging solutions for home use, with exercises customized to the patient’s unique eye condition. Bynocs also provides eyecare professionals to assess your condition, plan your treatment, and track your progress. Additionally, Bynocs offers vision therapy software that can be used to track the progress of patients.
Uniqueness—Their dedicated app EYEBAB VT
Vivid Vision is yet another provider that offers non-invasive, virtual-reality-based, therapy solutions for visual disorders like amblyopia, strabismus, and vergence disorders. The fundamental technique employed by Vivid Vision is the Dichoptic theory.
They create two separate VR worlds for each eye—the affected eye and the healthy eye—to improve your overall 3D vision. The nature of the game exercises and the varying parameters in both images depend on the eye disorder of the patient.
The Vivid Vision digital vision therapy program, EYEBAB Vision Training, includes over 50 challenging and engaging activities. Where each activity tackles a dedicated vision ability like coordination, space & direction, mirroring, perception, decoding, reaction, binocular vision, precision, focusing, and more! The EYEBAB app helps create dedicated patient accounts for managing personalized exercises and progress tracking.
Uniqueness—Collaboration with Ubisoft & McGill University
Novartis is a digital eye care provider, and their program Amblyotech is dedicated to providing digital vision therapy solutions for amblyopia (lazy eye) treatment. Their innovative therapies include active gaming and passive video technology with 3D glasses. Their solutions are based on Dichoptic therapy techniques, which involve presenting different images to each eye to train them to work together. Novartis Amblyotech has collaborated with Ubisoft and McGill University to develop video-game-based therapy solutions.
Their video game therapy solutions are designed to engage patients, particularly children, to help them improve their vision. The company’s video-game-based therapies are based on exciting and engaging activities that can provide patients with hours of fun while improving their vision. Additionally, Novartis Amblyotech’s solutions can be personalized for different age groups, making them an effective tool for treating a wide range of patients.
Uniqueness—Dedicated to Amblyopia
Preferred medium—Digital video-game solutions
AmblyoPlay provides dedicated vision therapy programs for Amblyopia, Strabismus, convergence insufficiency, and double vision. Amblyoplay is their signature video-game-based vision therapy solution that can offer different games for different conditions. The games can offer exercises that adapt uniquely to the specific needs of a patient’s condition.
The Amblyoplay games focus on strengthening 6 core visual skills—convergence, divergence, depth, alignment, recognition, and movement. These games can be played in the comfort of your home, engage patients with reward systems, and track progress. Amblyoplay claims that only 30 minutes of game therapy per day can prove effective.
Uniqueness—Holistic eye-tracking, monitoring, and diagnostic solutions
Preferred medium—Combination of multiple digital medium
NovaSight provides holistic digital eyecare solutions with three unique products: TrackSight, CureSight, and EyeSwift PRO. TrackSight is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for vision health monitoring and myopia prevention. This software uses the devices’ embedded webcams to perform eye-tracking and monitoring of eye movement performance, eye fatigue, eye teaming, blink rate, blink duration, and vision risks. TrackSight’s myopia prevention therapy uses video-based solutions that blur the peripheral area of the screen while keeping the center of vision clear according to the momentary gazing position.
CureSight is NovaSight’s solution dedicated to treating amblyopia. The video-game-based amblyopia therapy solutions provide engaging and fun activities personalized for different ages. CureSight is integrated with a cloud platform that can process real-time data to give access to real-time visual health monitoring. EyeSwift PRO is NovaSight’s proprietary vision diagnostic system that provides fast, accurate, and objective measurements in multiple areas of the visual system.
Uniqueness—Effective in visual impairments resulting for serious underlying diseases
Preferred medium—A combination of Gabor patching and digital implementations
Revital Vision provides vision training software programs for amblyopia and other impairments of the visual system. Their solutions include visual therapy programs for treating visual complications resulting from amblyopia, Cataract surgery, low myopia, lasik surgery, poor visual acuity, diabetes, glaucoma, AMD, Nystagamus, Keratoconus, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and more. Additionally, they offer training for sports vision.
Their solutions rely heavily on brain sciences, which include the role of the brain in image processing. Their solutions use a combination of Gabor patches and digital solutions for neural stimulation, to facilitate neural connections at the cortical level. Revital Vision claims its therapy programs can not only stimulate specific neurons in the visual cortex but also create new neural connections at the synapse level for long-lasting results.
Uniqueness—Dedicated to treating Lazy eye in children
Preferred medium—Engaging videos of popular Kid’s TV shows
Luminopia is the first FDA-approved digital therapeutic for amblyopia. They focus their programs on TV-Video-based amblyopia treatment therapies for children. Luminopia uses its proprietary techniques and algorithms to transform popular Kid’s TV shows like Spongebob, Wild Kratts, Sesame Streets, and more, into therapy videos for amblyopia treatment.
Given the highly entertaining nature of Luminopia solutions, their program has shown 85% patient adherence, which is a fundamental challenge to treating amblyopia in children. By providing a fun and engaging therapy program, Luminopia has helped children enjoy their therapy and stay committed to the program.
Uniqueness—Dedicated solutions in post-refractive surgery
Preferred medium—Mix of modern and Traditional
CureSee is yet another popular eyecare provider with digital vision therapy solutions. CureSee has video-game-based solutions for Amblyopia, Computer Vision Syndrome, and post-surgery recovery.
AI-powered CureSee solutions incorporate popular vision therapy theories like the Random dot Stereogram (RDS) Module, Dichoptic Principle, Crowding Phenomenon, and Anti-suppression. CureSee solutions implement these science-based therapy techniques, with Artificial Intelligence, through personalized video-game exercises.
The novelty of CureSee is its diversity—they offer exercises based on multiple vision therapy principles—and the proprietary AI algorithm used in all their solutions.
Video-game-based vision therapy solutions are effective for treating conditions like amblyopia, computer vision syndrome, and neuro adaptation. This is because they are interactive and engaging, customizable to the patient’s needs, and offer adaptive difficulty levels. Patients receive immediate feedback, which helps them understand their progress, and the games are portable, making it easy for patients to continue their therapy on the go.
Overall, video-game-based vision therapy solutions offer a fun and enjoyable way for patients to work on their vision therapy. They provide an adaptable treatment program that can be customized to the patient’s needs and is effective in treating conditions like amblyopia, computer vision syndrome, and neuro adaptation. With immediate feedback and portability, patients can easily incorporate vision therapy into their daily routine, leading to better outcomes.
Lastly, video-game-based solutions promote neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new neural connections in response to experience and learning. Video games engage various areas of the brain, including those involved in visual processing, attention, decision-making, and motor control, which can strengthen neural connections and improve visual processing abilities.
Video games can help strengthen the connections between the weak eye and the brain, promote binocular vision, reduce eye strain and discomfort, and improve the brain’s ability to adapt to new visual environments.