Services

Overview

At the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy, we limit our services to vision therapy, vision therapy evaluations, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, pediatric optometry and other vision therapy related services. To ensure that our expertise and resources are fully allocated and devoted to providing YOU our patients with the best optometric vision therapy services, we refer all non-vision therapy related services to other optometry practices.

Patients from El Paso, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Texarkana, Dallas and Ft. Worth travel to the OCVT practice in Austin because of Dr. Larson’s optometric vision therapy expertise and her commitment to provide personalized patient care.

Vision Therapy

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Pediatric Optometry

Healthy eyes and vision are especially important for infants and children. The visual skills developed during early life set the foundation for future learning. Early detection and intervention of vision problems is critical for the youth to achieve their full potential.

Even if your child is unable to respond or read, your OCVT doctor can provide an accurate evaluation using specialized procedures and the latest technology.

To learn more about the care of your child, select the appropriate age group below:

INFANT-TODDLER
SCHOOL AGE CHILD/TEEN

Vision Care for Special Needs

OCVT provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive care for individuals requiring special attention.

This includes, but is not limited to, individuals with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, and Hearing and Visual Impairments. Medical research indicate that individuals with these conditions have higher incidence of the following vision conditions:

  • High Refractive Error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)
  • Learning-related vision problems
  • Eye Tracking, Teaming and Focusing Deficiencies
  • Eye Turns and Lazy Eyes
  • Internal and External Eye Health Problems

Your OCVT doctor has received post-doctorate training in the care of individuals with special needs. Your doctor’s goal is to understand each individual’s visual needs to promote optimal development, education, function and comfort.  During your exam, your doctor will administer non-response dependent tests to determine appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Recommended treatment may include vision correction (glasses/contacts), vision therapy, environment modifications, and/or referrals to other specialists.

We believe in the importance of continuity of care.  We are more than happy to collaborate with the multidisciplinary team of educational and health professionals involved in your care.   Upon your request, we will:

  • Arrange consultations with other professionals
  • Provide comprehensive reports, including visual modification recommendations to facilitate maximum potential

Speaking Engagements:  Dr. Larson’s post-doctorate research concentrated on Autism and ADHD.  She has presented to national organizations and at health care continuing education seminars about vision management as it relates to Autism and ADHD.  Dr. Larson will consider requests for presentations.  Please call or send an electronic request.

Please note that our practice is ADA compliant. For a specific request regarding your visit please contact us.

 

Head Injury Rehabilitation

The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) inducted Dr. Briana Larson as a Fellow (FNORA) during its 2014 Annual Conference at North Carolina. A Fellow of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (FNORA) designation is recognition of a professional’s highest level of competence in clinical abilities and scientific knowledge in the field of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.

Currently, there are only fifteen (15) FNORA professionals in the United States. Dr. Larson is the lone practicing optometrist in Texas with an FNORA credential.

Some Vision and Head Injury Facts:

    • In the United States, approximately one person every sixteen seconds suffers some form of acquired brain injury.
    • 1 in 5 returning troops from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer brain injuries.
    • More than one million children sustain brain injuries every year.
    • Results from the Polytrauma Eye Research and Treatment Study show that 75% of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries reported visual complaints and 77% reported reading problems beginning after injuries. (March 2008)
    • Greater than 50% of individuals suffering from neurological insult have visual and visual- cognitive disorders.
    • Visual-perceptual dysfunction is one of the most common devastating residual impairments of head injury.
    • Vision-related balance and dizziness problems are often exacerbated following neurological insult. Approximately 20% of the fibers from the eye interact with the balance (vestibular) system.

     

    Vision is a product of the dynamic relationship between the eyes and the brain. 70% of the sensory input to the brain is vision-related and vision information is processed in every lobe of the brain.  The eyes, being direct extensions of the brain made from the same neuro-sensory tissue, gather and send information to the brain for interpretation to direct thought and action.  Illustrated by this close interaction of the eyes and brain to create vision, it is apparent that individuals suffering from insults to the head often have vision disturbances. These visual disturbances can greatly impact their quality of life.  In fact, 80-85% of our perception, learning, cognition and activities are mediated through vision.  Varying degrees of insults to the head can affect vision, including, but not limited to:

    • Traumatic Brain Injury – motor vehicle or pedestrian accidents, falls, assaults, blast/combat-injury.
    • Non-Traumatic Brain Injury – stroke, infection, tumor.
    • Neurological Conditions – Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease.

     

    Visual problems are among the most common sequel following head injury. Research shows that greater than 50% of individuals suffering from neurological insult have visual and visual- cognitive disorders.  In addition, visual-perceptual dysfunction is one of the most common devastating residual impairments of head injury.  Vision-related signs and symptoms associated with neurological insults include:

    • Double vision
    • Eye turns
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Blurry vision
    • Reduced reading comprehension
    • Frequent nausea and dizziness
    • Decreased memory and attention
    • Fatigues during reading or computer use
    • Loss of place when reading
    • Frequent headaches
    • Sore or irritated eyes during reading or computer use
    • Dry or watery eyes
    • Poor balance or posture
    • Intolerance to crowded places or loud noises
    • Loss of side vision
    • Bumps into objects
    • Walks only on one-side of a hallway
    • Prone to motion sickness
    • Reduced coordination
    Visual disorders interfering with the healing and rehabilitative process are often undetected and misdiagnosed from standard eye exams that show normal eyesight and eye health.  Your neuro-optometric evaluations at OCVT go far beyond eyesight and eye health.  To uncover the entirety of your condition and rehabilitative needs your OCVT doctor will evaluate the following:
    • Near and distance acuity
    • Refractive status (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)
    • Eye focusing, tracking, and teaming
    • Depth perception
    • Color vision
    • Light and contrast sensitivity
    • Neurological pathway integrity
    • Peripheral vision
    • Visual memory
    • Visual attention
    • Spatial awareness
    • Visual motor integration/ coordination
    • Visual auditory integration
    • Processing speed
    • Reading fluency, speed, comprehension
    • Balance and posture
    The goal of your neuro-optometric treatment program is to eliminate visual-related signs and symptoms, advance the outcome of other rehabilitative services, and improve quality of life.   Concluding your Neuro-optometric evaluations at OCVT, your doctor will administer a consultation with you to discuss all test results and treatment recommendations.  Your treatment program may include specialized lenses, filters, prisms, Vision Therapy , and/or referrals to other specialists.

     

    Your OCVT doctor plays an important role on your multidisciplinary rehabilitative team.  Dr. Larson is residency trained in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation.  Her clinical experience includes patient care in the Head Trauma Unit at the State University of New York.  Dr. Larson has received extensive education on Head Injury Rehabilitation from the national Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association, as well as several US Veterans Affairs Hospitals.  For optimal rehabilitation, Dr. Larson can schedule consultations and provide comprehensive reports to other professionals involved in your care.