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Holistic Developmental Behavioral Optometrist

Burke Professional Center

9002 Fern Park Drive

Burke. VA 22015

Phone: 703-978-5010

Fax: 703-978-5011


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Frequently Asked Questions



What is Vision Training Therapy?

Vision Therapy Is Effective Treatment

Vision therapy -- a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain -- is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as: uncomfortable Vision even with the "latest" eyeglass and/or contact lens prescription, lazy eye, crossed eyes and other deviated eye positions, double vision, head trauma induced Vision disorders, convergence insufficiency and many with reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, "it's too late," or "you'll have to learn to live with it" have benefited from vision therapy

In the case of learning disabilities, vision therapy is specifically directed toward resolving visual problems which interfere with reading, learning and educational instruction. Optometrists do not claim that vision therapy is a direct treatment for learning disabilities.

What is involved in a Vision Therapy program?

Vision therapy is --

  • a progressive program of vision "exercises" or procedures;
  • performed under Dr. Sikes' supervision;
  • individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient;
  • Conducted in-office, in once a week for one hour;
  • supplemented with procedures done at home between office visits ("homework");
  • (depending on the case) prescribed to --
    - help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities;
    - improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency;
    - change how a patient processes or interprets visual information.
    - straighten deviated eyes
    - raise visual acuity in amblyopic eyes
  • Almost always improves learning and sports abilities

Vision Therapy Is Not Just Eye Exercise

Vision Therapy is not to be confused with any self-directed self-help program of eye exercises which is or has been marketed to the public. Vision Therapy is supervised by optometric vision care professionals and many types of specialized and/or medical devices are used in Vision Therapy programs, such as

  • prescription lenses (regulated medical devices);
  • therapeutic lenses (regulated medical devices);
  • prisms (regulated medical devices);
  • optical filters;
  • eye patches or occluders
  • electronic targets with timing mechanisms;
  • computer software;
  • vestibular (balance) equipment
  • visual-motor-sensory integration training devices

The first step in any Vision Therapy program is a comprehensive vision examination. Following a thorough evaluation, a qualified vision care professional can advise the candidate as to whether Vision Therapy would be appropriate treatment.



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Mon. - Thurs. 8:30am - 7pm


Saturday 11:30am-1:30pm

We are proud members of the following organizations:

College of Optometrists in Vision Development (C.O.V.D.)

The Optometric Extension Program (OEP) 

American Optometric Association (AOA)

The Northern Virginia Optometric Society (NVOS)

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