Lyna Dyson, B.A., COVT
Lyna Dyson, B.A., COVT (Certified Optometric Vision Therapists) is a teacher by training, a former principal of a California elementary school, and a vision therapist for twenty years. She was originally certified as a vision therapist in 1995. In 2007, she was honored as the College of Optometrists Vision Development Therapist of the Year. Lyna trains other professionals to be vision therapists and teaches other vision therapists to become better at delivering vision therapy to their clients. Lyna’s tool box contains a profound understanding of education and training. She understands what’s needed to make sure newly acquired visual skills and knowledge are firmly grasped by the client and ready to be put to use. Most importantly, her methods are researched based and appear in professional refereed journals such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Lyna’s goal during vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be treated successfully with eyeglasses, contact lenses and/or surgery alone, and to help people achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision. Here are several areas where Lyna may be of assistance.
Amblyopia: Amblyopia is also labeled lazy eye. Amblyopia is a vision development problem where an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity, usually due to strabismus or other problems of eye teaming.
Strabismus: The success of vision therapy for strabismus depends on the direction, magnitude and frequency of the eye turn. Vision Therapy has been proven effective for treating an intermittent form of strabismus called convergence insufficiency, which is an inability to keep the eyes properly aligned when reading despite good eye alignment when looking at distant objects.
Phorias: Phorias is delicate eye alignment problems that may not produce a visible eye turn but still can cause eye strain and eye fatigue when reading. Phorias can be minimized or corrected with vision therapy.
Eye movement disorders: For example, Nystagmus is a condition that causes involuntary, rapid movement of one or both eyes. Nystagmus often occurs with vision problems, including blurriness. Studies have shown vision therapy can improve the accuracy of eye movements used during reading and other close-up work.
Accommodative (focusing) disorders: Near-far focusing skills can be improved with vision training.
Other problems: Other vision problems for which vision therapy may be effective include visual-perceptual disorders, vision problems associated with developmental disabilities and vision problems associated with acquired brain injury (such as from a stroke). Many optometrists support the use of vision therapy as part of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of certain types of learning disabilities. They contend that, in many cases, children with learning disabilities also have underlying vision problems that may be contributing in some degree to their learning problems. It's possible, they say, that these learning-related vision problems may be successfully treated with optometric vision therapy, which may improve the child's overall capacity for learning.