Optometry is a health care profession that involves examining the visual system.

The optometrist is a specialized professional who assesses the functions of the visual system. The visual system consists of “structures”, such as eyes and ocular appendages, and “functions”, such as visual skills, perception, and visual quality.

The goal of optometry is to measure and improve visual efficiency through optical and physical means. At UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme we offer:

  • Optometric examination to evaluate your visual quality and quantity.
  • Visual-postural test carried out in conjunction with other specialists, to evaluate the impact of the visual aspect on your posture.
  • Visual training to improve visual skills through specific exercises.

Optometric examination

The optometric examination includes the assessment of:

  • Refractive state and ocular motility
  • Binocular vision, also called stereoscopic vision or stereopsis
  • Visual-sensory and visual-motor integration

Visual Training

It includes a series of visual and visual-perceptive-motor training exercises to improve:

  • Visual acuity
  • Eye movement control
  • Binocular coordination
  • Centering and focusing
  • Visual-sensory integration
  • Visual-motor integration
  • Visual perception
  • Visual memory
  • Visualization

UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme offers specific programs for children, professionals, and sportsmen.

Visual training for children

The exercises included in the program are designed to make the visual system more efficient and help to:

  • Read better, without getting tired and over-straining the muscles of the neck, shoulders and back, remembering, understanding, and then learning more easily in less time
  • Maintain a correct posture with a better balance and symmetry
  • Better manage information creating a precise and deep space-time representation, training the ability to manage all ocular muscles hyper-stressed when studying or performing tasks of visual attention, and integrating all senses (multisensory integration)
  • Improve performance and learning

In-depth clinical tests are necessary to rule out pathologies, but when the difficulty reading, understanding, and remembering depends on a functional problem and a disorganization of the visual system, only specific tests can detect the causes of the symptom.

Visual training for work well-being

The most common visual disorders in the workplace are:

  • Eye redness
  • Visual fatigue
  • Feeling of unsteadiness and discomfort (nausea)
  • Cervical problems
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Loss of attention or concentration

Our program at UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme is designed to improve your visual qualities necessary for work and includes:

  • Assessment of visual skills in relation to the working context in order to evaluate solutions to improve working comfort with individual screening and analysis of the visual system and its performance within the working context
  • Ameliorate the workstation according to the individual: assessment, analysis, and adjustment of workstations according to the issues detected, in collaboration with other specialists
  • Improve visual-cognitive skills (work performance): increase individual visual-interpretative skills improving eye motility and face space perception with specific exercises
  • Improve visual-postural situation: release the visual system from any compendium of the postural tonic system and vice versa, improving the work quality

Visual Training Sport

The precision and speed of the sports action are directly proportional to the efficiency of the visual system. Thanks to a perfect internalization of time and space, the motor responses are fast, precise, and efficient, and able to adapt to the many environmental and sensory situations to control.

Visual training exercises for professional and non-professional athletes are aimed at:

  • Increasing precision, fluidity, and speed of movement, and reduce reaction times
  • Improving multisensory integration.
  • Increasing integration between the vestibular system and the visual function with the aim of maintaining and improving balance
  • Improving visual acuity (ability to recognize letters, numbers, objects, etc.), depth perception, fixation, and ocular motility
  • Developing visualization, imagination, attention, and focus
  • Facilitating the location and identification of moving objects