Using "Bubbles" for vision therapy

Published on
December 16, 2022

In a recent study, 75% of patients with a functional vision condition were able to achieve normal or significantly improved vision with office-based vision therapy.

Vision therapy can be beneficial for children of all ages, professional athletes who are trying to improve their performance, and people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of a vision problem take our visual skills assessment https://amplifyeyecare-manhattan.com/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/ 

 

What are the benefits of “Bubbles” in vision therapy?

Our vision therapist and functional optometrist use bubbles for vision therapy when training a child to localize space correctly. In this activity, bubbles are blown around a room and kids go around popping the bubbles using only one finger or a pencil instead of their hand.

The purpose of bubble popping in vision therapy is that when a child repeatedly locates the bubbles in space, their depth perception skills are improved. Additionally, tracking the bubbles in the air improves their eye tracking skills.

Basically, the child's feedback system requires them to use both eyes. Their eyes communicate with their brain and their brain communicates with the hands, and that feedback system tells them where the bubbles are and where the child is in space. When those two things coincide, they are able to pop the bubble with their finger.

Popping bubbles with a pencil

Once your child becomes comfortable popping bubbles with their fingers, the vision therapist or functional optometrist may recommend using pencil tips, chopsticks, or other sticks to pop the bubbles. Popping the bubble now requires more fine motor control since they are now controlling something other than their body to do it. Make sure your child holds one pencil in each hand and alternately uses both hands.

This is the first activity that Dr. Wernick uses it with some of his patients that are young kids in vision therapy at our Manhattan Vision Therapy Center. Once the kids do well with this, then he can move on to other activities. He believes that this is one of the most fun activities in vision therapy.

Schedule a functional eye exam or developmental eye exam for vision therapy in Manhattan

When vision problems keep affecting your life, work, or school, despite your best efforts to work with your eye doctor, you should consider vision therapy. As opposed to standard eye exams, vision therapy exams, also known as functional, behavioral or developmental eye exams, look at the complete picture of visual function and development. During a functional or developmental eye exam our optometrist will look at binocular vision skills, eye tracking, convergence, eye focusing, hand eye coordination and much more. You can schedule a functional eye exam for vision therapy by calling at (212) 752-6930. Patients who need vision therapy visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

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At Amplify with Dr Wernick I was seeking help for seemingly intractable, probably age-related dryness. I've seen other doctors about it, and that has been helpful, but what he explained to me about it and the careful way he answered all my questions gave me so much more of a clear understanding of what is going on (and is not) that I am more able to implement all his and others' recommendations than I was before. And he gave me additional resources for further follow-up. I am most grateful.


Cynthia Norton

Wow! This is a great Eye Care medical facility. I was thoroughly examined by Dr. Pinkhasov for over 2 hours. She made sure to check my eyes for pretty much everything and patiently explained proper care for my eyes. They definitely know how to provide great care and treat their patients right. Now I know why they have such a great reputation and been around for so long.


Steve Fay

Dr. Kavner is a gifted diagnostician and orthoptic therapist. He treated me several decades ago for a condition similar to dyslexia. I was having migraines five times per week. I worked with him for about a year and I experienced tremendous improvement (down to 3-4 per year) that has lasted.


Mary K.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Peter G.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Kinkie F.

I have always found Dr Kavner's work, expertise and wisdom of the highest caliber. As one of the fathers of OT, occupational othomology, his depth and breadth of knowledge about the eyes' health and wellbeing of the patient is exemplary. Cannot say enough good things about him.


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