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Washington Vision Therapy Center

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303 S 72nd Ave
Yakima, WA 98908
Phone: 509-654-9256
Fax: 509-834-7400

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
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Purpose: To solidify the eyes’ ability to track with a detailed task while moving the body and reading from different gazes.

Materials: Hart Chart Two obstacles (buckets, pillows, etc.) Metronome

Procedure: 1. Position the two obstacles so that they are 3-5 feet apart. You will be walking around these obstacles in a figure-eight pattern.

2. Put up the hart chart on the wall at eye level. The hart chart should be centered in front of the two obstacles.

3. Start the first level by standing between the two obstacles and facing away from the chart. Walk to your right behind the first obstacle and coming around to the front of it. Complete a figure eight around the buckets as you read the Hart chart. Be sure to step right on the beat. This level will look like the following diagram, where X is you, the circles are the obstacles, and the line is the Hart chart. 

4. Once you have mastered this level and are able to read the chart without getting lost or losing track of the beat, try the second level. This time start with your body centered between the obstacles, facing toward the Hart chart and come in front of the bucket to your right. This will mean you will have to turn your head to keep your eyes fixed on the Hart chart. Again, be sure that you are reading smoothly and stepping right on the beat. This level will look like this:

5. For the third level walk the same way as you did on the second, only this time lead with your heels (walking backward). You should not have to turn your head to keep your eyes on the Hart chart for this level. It is especially important that you listen to the rhythm on this level, as it is much harder to keep the beat when walking backward than when walking forward.

6. For the fourth level walk the same direction that you did for the first level, only lead with your heels (walking backward). You will have to turn your head to keep your eyes on the Hart chart for this level.

7. For the fifth level start back walking the way you were walking on the first level, walking forward without having to turn your head. As you walk, step on the beat, and slap your opposite knee on the offbeat (halfway between beats). Practice keeping this rhythm (stomp, slap, stomp, slap) as you walk around the figure eight pattern. Once you have mastered this, start reading the Hart chart as you walk.

8. For the sixth, seventh, and eighth levels, simply repeat the second, third, and fourth, but add knee taps to the procedure. Always make sure that you are staying on beat and reading smoothly and consistently without skipping letters or lines on the Hart chart.

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Testimonial

You changed James' life and we will forever be grateful! His last appointment was great and better than before if possible. Sorry we won't see you again but we are so excited James is completely finished! Thank you just doesn't seem sufficient but is all we have to say! Thank YOU!!

James B.

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Meet The Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Winters is board-certified in vision development and vision therapy.  In 2010, he started a vision therapy center in Yakima, Washington.  His advocacy for children that struggle with life-altering developmental vision problems has included over 100 lectures in colleges, professional groups, parent groups, and schools. He is one of the founders of Building Vision, a non-profit that raises awareness and funds for individuals struggling with these vision problems and which has given free screenings to almost 1000 children in the Yakima area.  He established the Harvest in the Heart of the Northwest Conference which is an educational seminar held biennially in Yakima, providing continuing education specific to developmental optometry. He is the clinical director of Washington Vision Therapy Center and is currently serving as the president of the Yakima Valley Optometric Society.  

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