About Vision Therapy and our Team
Vision therapy is a rehabilitative program that helps both children and adults who experience a variety of visual issues. Vision therapy is similar to “physical therapy”, but rather than treating the muscles of the body, it improves visual function by training the brain to better control the eyes. It can also improve higher level brain skills such as visual processing. Vision therapy is an invaluable tool that has changed not only our patients’ vision, but has improved many related areas of their lives as well.
The first step is a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Deviney and his team. This evaluation includes two specialized exams that test visual processing, tracking, reading speed, reading comprehension, balance, eye teaming, depth perception, and more. It is a binocular vision exam that goes beyond just measuring 20/20. Dr. Deviney will then hold a conference to explain the testing results. If vision therapy is needed, he will prescribe an individualized program that will retrain your brain and eyes to work together using state of the art equipment.
Just as a physical therapist might use treadmills or weights, a vision therapist relies on prisms, lenses, filters, and computerized systems to conduct vision therapy sessions. In our therapy center, we use the latest technology, including interactive computer programs, 3D and virtual reality technology that result in long-lasting success.
Our experienced staff is trained in working with a variety of patients including those with special needs, learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, head trauma, concussions, motor vehicle accidents, strokes, falls, brain surgeries, and other injuries. We also specialize in the treatment of dizziness, vertigo, and motion sickness.
We are fortunate to have one of the most experienced vision therapists in all of Texas. Melody Lay achieved the status of Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT) in 2013. At the beginning of 2018, there were only 213 COVTs in the nation and only 12 in Texas. To be eligible for COVT certification, a therapist must have completed a minimum of 2,000 therapy hours and passed a demanding series of exams.
Our entire staff is committed to ensuring the success of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. The knowledgeable staff at our vision therapy center will work with you to help you understand your financial options to ensure that you get the most out of vision therapy.
Melody Lay, COVT, Director of Vision Therapy Services
Melody is our Director of Vision Therapy Services here at VTSA. She graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and an emphasis in Special Education. Melody’s experience and passion range from helping children and teens with undiagnosed vision related learning problems and special needs, to adults with traumatic brain injury, stroke, dizziness, and post-concussion syndrome. Melody continues to learn about the latest advancements in treatment through a broad range of continuing education. In 2013, The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) board certified Melody as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist. Melody is a member of The College of Optometrist in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) and the College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO). Melody is married to Stephen and they have four boys, including a set of triplets. In her free time, she enjoys watching her boys in basketball games, theater productions, and orchestra concerts; and also loving on her four dogs.
Wendy Kinkade, OVT
Wendy joins the VTSA team with years of experience in the therapy room. Her expertise and skills with her patients help make therapy fun. Wendy has experienced first hand the change vision therapy makes as both of her sons completed vision therapy. Wendy is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision development (COVD) and the College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO). Wendy continues her education through a broad range of development optometry education. Wendy is married to Tony and they have 3 children. In her free time Wendy enjoys watching her children play baseball, softball, and football and helping facilitate advertising and sponsorship for her area youth recreational sports league.
Jessica Jennings, OVT
Jessica graduated from Howard Payne University with a Bachelor’s of Art and joins VTSA as an Optometric Vision Therapist (OVT). She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision development (COVD) and the College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO). Jessica has a heart for helping and encouraging those around her, and enjoys working with her patients each week. She continues to learn about the latest advancements in VT treatment through a broad range of continuing education courses. Jessica is an aunt to 5 nieces and nephews, and serves as a caregiver to her 88 year old Grandmother who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. In her free time, Jessica loves swing dancing or two-stepping, spending time with friends, drinking bubble tea, and getting outdoors.