Vision Therapy in Greater Lowell

The Research and Evidence Behind Vision Therapy

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Understanding the Science Supporting Visual Rehabilitation

Vision therapy has emerged as a transformative approach to address a vast array of visual challenges. Extensive research and scientific evidence have laid a solid foundation for its effectiveness, making it a valuable option for individuals who wish to enhance their visual skills and overall quality of life.

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The Foundation of Vision Therapy: How Does it Work?

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Vision therapy is built upon the principle of neuroplasticity, which refers to the brain's ability to adapt and reorganize itself in response to new experiences and learning. This concept has been extensively studied, and it has been demonstrated that the visual system is not static but can be modified through targeted exercises and activities.

Children, in particular, have experienced notable benefits from vision therapy, especially those grappling with learning and focus challenges. These young minds are at a critical stage of development, where visual skills play a fundamental role in their academic progress and everyday activities.

Vision therapy offers tailored interventions that target specific visual difficulties, helping children overcome obstacles that may hinder their learning and concentration.


Key Research Findings in Support of Vision Therapy

Numerous scientific studies and clinical trials have investigated the efficacy of vision therapy in addressing visual challenges. Here are some key research findings:

  • Convergence Insufficiency (CI)

    Research published by The Cochrane Collaboration found vision therapy highly effective for treating convergence insufficiency. This condition causes the eyes to have difficulty working together when focused on nearby objects.

  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

    The Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) conducted research showing that vision therapy, combined with atropine eye drops, can significantly improve vision in children with amblyopia.

  • Eye-Tracking Disorders:

    Studies have demonstrated that vision therapy can effectively address eye-tracking problems, enhancing the ability to follow moving objects and improving reading skills.

  • Post-Concussion Vision Problems

    Research has shown that vision therapy can help individuals recover from post-traumatic brain injury-related vision problems, including double vision and tracking difficulties.


Vision Therapy in Greater Lowell

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

An Individualized Approach with Advanced EyeCare Associates

One of the strengths of vision therapy lies in its individualized approach. Each therapy program is customized to address the specific needs and challenges of the patient. This tailored approach is supported by research, which has consistently shown that personalized vision therapy yields more positive outcomes.


Consultation and Assessment: Book Your Eye Exam Today

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If you or someone you know is considering vision therapy, it's essential to begin with a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with an experienced optometrist or vision therapist. This initial assessment helps identify any underlying vision issues and determine the most suitable treatment plan.


Patient Reviews
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- Jul. 12, 2023
Great eye care. Very helpful and friendly staff. Dr. Sikalis is an amazing Optometrist. Highly recom... mend.
- Mar. 21, 2023
Great experience! My concerns were listened to and everything was explained very clearly to help wit... h my dry eyes. Tori and Debbie were extremely helpful when I was picking out glasses. I'm very indecisive and they both had great patience and gave me great advice!
- Nov. 12, 2022
Very professional. Well organized. Dr. Sikalis takes time to explain everything to you. Great plac... e!!
- Nov. 09, 2022
Very thorough with eye exams and staff is so warm and friendly!
- Oct. 07, 2022
A long term patient of Steve Sikalis, I can’t say enough about the care and consideration I receiv... e. Steve takes the time to explain everything to me and I know he joins me in advocating for my eye health. Proficient and friendly; that’s what I want in my health care professionals. Dr Sikalis is all that and more.
- Sep. 28, 2022
Very nice stuffs. . On time appointments. Happy to be there .
- Jul. 28, 2022
Been going here for years. Staff is always pleasant, and Dr. Sikalis is wonderful!
- Jul. 27, 2022
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- Jun. 29, 2022
I brought my dad here as a new patient, Dr. Harney is very efficient, took his time and explain ever... ything relating to diabetic eye disease.
- Apr. 28, 2022
Very friendly coming in. The doctor took time in explaining his findings and what they meant. Friend... ly with helping pick out glasses.
- Apr. 07, 2022
Dr Chris K is such an awesome human being. He has taken care of my dad and daughter’s eyes for yea... rs. The team is amazing at this practice. I strongly recommend Advanced Eye Care Associates.
- Mar. 30, 2022
The staff was kind and efficient! I would definitely recommend Advanced Eye Associates!
- Mar. 17, 2022
I really liked this place and was comfortable being there.. very nice people here.. would definitely... recommend it
- Feb. 21, 2022
Very friendly, very efficient, thorough eye exam. Doctor took the time to talk and explain. Everyb... ody works together seamlessly - it is obviously a very well-run office, and it is also obvious that everybody loves working there and being a part of the team. Wife had diabetes, glaucoma, and other conditions. She went here for several years and loved them and the care she got. They took good care of her, and she - and I - couldn't say enough nice things about them.
- Feb. 17, 2022
Dr Sikalis is an excellent educator on your eye health and well-being. Glad I found this office many... years ago.
- Feb. 01, 2022
Gone there for years, everyone is so nice and helpful!
- Jan. 28, 2022
They are very friendly ,very professional They explained everything to me what's going on I was very... pleased with the service i would recommend it to everyone.
- Jan. 25, 2022
I had the BEST experience at Advanced Eye Care with Dr. Karalekas! I was in need of an immediate ap... pointment, and found this practice on the VSP website under their premier office listings. The staff was extremely professional and helpful, and booked a same-day appointment for my emergency. Dr. Karalekas was kind, empathetic, and had a wonderful manner with me as a patient. He addressed all my concerns and was able to refer me to a specialist (also the same day!) for a second opinion on my issue. The staff at Advanced Eye Care Associates was wonderful and I'll be switching my routine wellness visits to this office. I was so pleased and happy to have found this practice on a quick search, and am looking forward to receiving my regular care here. Thank you again from a very satisfied NEW patient!!!
- Jan. 05, 2022
I had my first visit with Advanced Eye Care yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. The tech explain... ed each test in detail and what they do even though this wasn't my first eye exam. Doctor Harney took the time to listen to me and explained the test results. He was friendly and professional and I'll be using this practice for my eye exams from now on!
- Dec. 24, 2021
I've been to quite a few eye Dr over the years and none have compared to Advanced Eye Care. Dr Kara... likas is the best! He genuinely cares about his patients and work. And the staff is always pleasant and very helpful. I highly recommend.

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Embrace the Benefits of Vision Therapy

The research and evidence behind vision therapy provide a solid foundation for its effectiveness in improving visual skills and addressing various visual conditions.

If you're seeking a proven approach to enhance your visual abilities, consider scheduling an appointment with Advanced EyeCare Associates. Vision therapy offers a path to clearer, more comfortable vision and an improved quality of life.

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