Frequently Asked Questions
Our staff, including a neurodevelopmental optometrist, a vision therapist, neurosensory specialists, R.N.’s and L.P.N.’s, and diagnostic technicians, serve patients with disorders including, but not limited to:
Dizzines, Vertigo, Chronic Headaches, Migraines, Dyslexia, Sensory Integration Disorders, Post-Concussion and Head Injury, ADD/ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
What kind of Dr. is Dr. Becker?
Dr. Becker is a neuro-optometrist who treats vision related problems caused by neurological disorders or injuries.
What can I expect to happen at this appointment?
You will complete a series of NeuroSensory tests geared towards your visual system. Upon completion of these tests, the doctor will analyze the results and discuss diagnosis, treatment, and goals with you.
What is the testing?
Our NueuroSensory testing is a very unique and hi-tech experience. It is comprised of a series of non- invasive, pain free tests that are specialized to uncover visual issues related to your neurosensory system that are not regularly detected in a typical vision exam. None of our tests are invasive in any way; they are performed in a comfortable and friendly environment, and will produce results immediately following the testing. Testing typically takes between 40-50 minutes, and once testing is complete, the patient will meet with the doctor to review the testing results and discuss potential treatment plans.
Why do insurances not cover the Sensory Integration test ($125)?
Insurance companies consider this test to be “experimental” even though it is not. It is a newer test not yet proven to be “medically necessary”, but it does produce data that is critical in helping the doctor determine the diagnosis and treat the source of your problems.
Is the Sensory Integration test optional?
No, this is not an optional test. Without it, a piece of the puzzle is missing and the doctor cannot diagnose your problems accurately.
I’ve been to the eye doctor before. Why is this so different?
An eye doctor, or optometrist, specializes in the health of the eye itself and corrects problems related with how well you see through prescribing glasses and contacts. Dr. Becker is a Neuro Optometrist who specializes in how your entire visual system is affected by what occurs in the brain. Through specialized testing he is able to map out a treatment plan that can improve your quality of life by rehabilitating your visual system, not just your vision.
What type of insurances do you accept?
Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Priority Life, United Health Care, Medicare, Geisinger, Workers Compensation, Automobile claims, Aetna, Capital Blue Cross, Highmark, Tricare, Chip, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, and First Priority Health
Do you diagnose autism or those believed to have symptoms along the spectrum?
No, we do not diagnose autism spectrum disorders, but we do treat these patients.
What types of treatment plans can be recommend for children with ASD?
Treatment plans vary, depending on the child’s symptoms and unique needs. Children on the spectrum often deal with symptoms resulting from food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, toxins (specifically toxic metals), compromised immune systems, and visual dysfunction. There are tests that can ordered to evaluate for the above deficits and based on the results, a treatment plan unique for each child will be recommended. There are also various therapies which address certain visual and vestibular deficits that may be implemented and monitored by Dr. Becker.
Do you treat chronic pain?
We do not treat chronic pain at this center.
What is Vision Therapy (VT)?
Vision Therapy is a progressive program of vision “exercises” to correct problems such as diplopia (double vision), convergence insufficiency, nystagmus, decreased depth perception, field loss, and much more. Vision Therapy also incorporates vestibular components, sensory integration, and cognitive exercises as well. There is no set regimen for therapy; programs are individualized per patients needs and are performed under the supervision of Dr. Becker. Equipment that can be used: computer programs, prism lenses, accommodative and prism flippers, occluders, strobe lights, balance boards/trampolines, as well as other manual devices. All treatment protocol is ordered by Dr. Becker following diagnostic testing and a comprehensive evaluation. There is no set duration for vision therapy. Duration and prognosis is determined by Dr. Becker based on his comprehensive evaluation.
Why do people seek VT?
Vision therapy could be beneficial for a wide range of individuals. Some patients suffer from congenital issues that can be present at birth or appear later in life. Other patients have suffered from a traumatic brain injury or stroke that can affect their vision. Another demographic of patients seen is children needing assistance with reading, copying, and lining up math problems, as well as those with behaviors resulting from ADHD, ASD, and sensory integration.
Is VT difficult?
Vision therapy can be harder for some patients than others. Those familiar with computers will have an easier time learning the programs as opposed to those unfamiliar with computers. While completing vision therapy, symptoms may become worse before they begin to improve. This is due to the new activities and eye muscle exercises that are performed. Patients tend to be tired after a vision therapy session. The symptoms generally improve between 8-12 sessions of therapy. This does vary from patient to patient.
Where are the other centers located?
We are one of seven practices in the United States. The other six centers are located in California, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia. You are welcome to visit www.neurosensorycenters.com for more information.