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Referring Professionals for Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optical Rehabilitation

Thank you for demonstrating an interest in the work we do at Ancaster Family Eyecare’s Vision Therapy Centre.

Dr. Priya Maharaj,Vision Therapy in Ancaster, Ontario

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and explain to you how we assist patients with vision-related dysfunctions at our centre.

My name is Dr. Priya Maharaj, and I am a Doctor of Optometry, trained at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and graduated in 2012. Since then I have practiced full-scope, general Optometry in Whitby, and now in Ancaster. During my studies, I had worked closely with Dr. Debbie Luk at Vision Therapy Calgary’s multiple offices. She is a residency trained Developmental Optometrist who served as a mentor for me to understand and perform Vision Therapy programs in a practical setting. After this training, my interest in behavioral optometry intensified. Since opening my own clinic in Ancaster three years ago, I have developed my skills as a behavioral optometrist by attending several intensive seminars held by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), to both of which I am an affiliate. Ongoing learning also continues daily, as the research on vision therapy expands.

At Ancaster Family Eyecare’s Vision Therapy centre, we specialize in the complete diagnostic and therapeutic care for children and adults with oculomotor, accommodative, binocular vision and visual perceptual dysfunctions. We also provide vision therapy for acquired brain injury-related (TBI) vision problems, which includes strokes, post-concussive syndrome, hemianopsia, mild closed head injury, and cervical trauma.

Upon referral, the patient is required to have an assessment for vision therapy along with a full oculovisual health assessment (if one has not been completed within the year). The assessment will include extended sensorimotor testing, along with perceptual testing, if this is required. Treatment of the visual dysfunction with lenses, prisms, occlusion, and optometric vision therapy will be discussed. If Vision Therapy is recommended, a program will be discussed with the patient and their caregivers, including a report to any professionals participating in the care of the patient. VT programs consist of weekly in-office hourly sessions, with visual and sensorimotor training exercises conducted along with the doctor, followed by recommendations for daily at-home exercises, which can include computer-based training using the Vision Builder program. Progress assessments are conducted periodically throughout the program to ensure patients, as well as caregivers, can appreciate a verified improvement in visual skills.

I trust this information has been useful in providing an understanding of how Vision Therapy at Ancaster Family Eyecare is organized. It is my hope to generate a working relationship with other healthcare providers such as yourselves, as it allows our mutual patients to benefit from holistic rehabilitation and specialized care for the conditions they suffer from. If there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Furthermore, I would be happy to meet with your health care providers in order to answer any more questions they may have about Optometric Vision Therapy and how we can work together to co-manage our mutual patients. If you would like to arrange a meeting please let me know.