Remote VT Introduction Guide
Welcome to remote vision therapy! We look forward to working together on your vision therapy program. Please read the following information carefully, and let your vision therapist know if you have any questions.
Here are some key points to consider when starting your remote vision therapy program:
Getting Settled – It may take some time for patients to feel accustomed to talking to a vision therapist through a computer. With time, most patients are able to adapt, and respond well. Let us know what we can do to help!
Vision Therapy Activity Equipment – A start up packet will be included in your remote vision therapy program, and any additional materials will be loaned to you (the same way it always works). The main difference is that the equipment materials will have to be picked up at our office, using a drop box outside of our office door. Alternately, we may be able to mail some materials to you, however this may create a delay of up to a week. You are responsible for the cost of any equipment items that are not returned (see equipment sheet). We will change equipment as needed
Requirements to participate in remote VT:
- A computer with a webcam and active microphone (phone may work if resolution is adequate).
- Stable internet connection with Chrome or Firefox browser.
- For patients under 14 years old, an adult must be present as our ‘boots on the ground’ to help with activities or make observations. Other patients may find it beneficial to have another set of hands nearby.
- Credit card on file for billing purposes.
Progress Exams – Please visit here for more information.
Communication is key! Let us know how things are working with the home activities
Remote VT Session Logistics
Remote Vision Therapy Platform:
Our office is capable of utilizing Google Meet and Doxy.me for remote vision therapy. Google Chrome and Firefox are required browsers to run the program. Be sure you have stable internet connection and a device (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone) with a camera and microphone. Please test your camera and microphone before your first session to ensure a smooth appointment. Currently, HIPAA regulations have been relaxed to allow more people to access virtual healthcare. If you would like a HIPAA encrypted platform, please inform your therapist you will be using doxy.me for your sessions. Otherwise, your sessions with be conducted through Google Meet.
Google Calendar Event
You will be sent an email with an invitation to your therapy appointment. Please be sure we have the most current email address. The link will include the day, time, and meeting information for your appointment with your therapist. This time has been reserved for you, as we do not double-book appointments. There is an option to add the meeting to your calendar as a reminder.
You will be sent a link to your therapy appointment through your google calendar invite. This time has been reserved for you, as we do not double-book appointments. When it is time for your appointment, click the link which will bring you to doxy.me. Type in your name to check in to your therapist’s virtual waiting room. When your therapist is ready, they will accept your call and you will be connected – be patient as this sometimes takes a minute to connect.
- Here is a video link on how to join a call through doxy.me
- Ensure your browser allows camera and microphone access
- Test your camera and microphone before your appointment
- Keep your email open in another browser for quick communication in case your connection drops – your therapist should also have their email open and will work with you to reconnect
Preparing for your Remote Vision Therapy Session:
- Test your camera and microphone before your appointment. Ensure there are no pop-ups blocking camera and mic access. This allows the most time spent on therapy.
- Gather equipment – we may also need some household items during your session such as:
- Any Vision Therapy Equipment You Already Have (charts, flippers, mirror, etc)
- Sticky Notes
- Small Fixation Target (e.g. small toy, lego, eraser, etc)
- Deck of Cards
- Metronome App (free downloads on your phone)
- You may want a clear space as we may do movement activities during your session. We will be conscious of visual hygiene and take visual breaks as working on the computer for long periods of time can be taxing on our systems.
- Be ready to learn! Technology has expanded our ability to give care and learn remotely – let’s utilize it to maintain your visual skills!
DO’s and DON’Ts with Remote VT
DO be ready to communicate about what you are experiencing. Be verbal about how the activity feels for you, what you notice, etc. To get the most out of remote therapy, your therapist will be guiding you through activities and will need to know how to modify if necessary.
DO find a quiet room with no distractions (no children playing, no TV on, etc).
DO be prepared with all the necessary materials before your sessions starts.
DO your home activities daily to build and reinforce your visual skills.
DON’T step away from your session for longer than a minute. This time is reserved for you, just like your in-office session.
DON’T get frustrated with working remotely. We can still have fun and help you progress with your visual skills! We will help you alleviate your visual symptoms and can accomplish a lot with remote vision therapy!