Red Apple Vision Therapy & Learning Center

Red Apple Vision Therapy & Learning Center in McMurray, PA utilizes the most advanced strategies to tutor elementary school students and high school students.  Red Apple is the only tutoring center in the Pittsburgh area to offer multi-sensory teaching strategies and vision therapy to empower your student to succeed.  With custom tutoring programs for dyslexia as well as other reading specialist programs, your child will work one on one with our teachers every step of the way.

How We Help

What is vision therapy?

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development describes vision therapy as a program designed to help you improve the precise coordination of your eyes.  Those who need vision therapy often add or skip over words when reading.  Comprehension may be lower than expected as well.  You may find that homework ends in crying or frustration.

For others, an injury like a concussion may cause dizziness, headaches, and double vision.  These are effectively treated with vision therapy as well.

At Red Apple, you will have a custom-designed program to help you improve your reading, sports performance, or everyday activities.  Your program will include sessions once or twice weekly.  You will work one on one with your vision therapist.  Each session is usually thirty minutes.

How long is a vision therapy program?

How long is a vision therapy program?

That depends on each person.  Most programs run for three to six months.

How much does vision therapy cost?

Most vision therapy programs are not covered by insurance.  After your consultation with Dr. Falbo, he will review your fees and insurance.  You will know exactly how much you will pay if you elect to pursue treatment.

Treating Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a language-based difficulty.  Those affected most often struggle with linking the proper sounds to the letters and words that they read. Other symptoms that these students may have:

  • Learning letters and the sounds paired with them
  • Poor spelling
  • Poor reading fluency

How to treat dyslexia

The earlier reading problems are detected and proper treatment given the more success the student can achieve.  Although there is no cure for dyslexia the best treatment is multisensory instruction.

Multisensory reading instruction

Multisensory instruction is the preferred instruction method by the International Dyslexia Association.

We teach students to use their ears, eyes, and sense of touch to learn phonics and word sounds.

At Red Apple, we have helped students for over 20 years to overcome reading struggles. 

Red Apple is the only center in the area that uses multisensory instruction exclusively.  Students travel from out of state to attend our program.

We use the Lindamood-Bell multisensory instructional method.  Students work one on one with their instructor, usually twice weekly to improve their skills.

Your journey for help begins with your consultation with Dr. Falbo.  Then he will custom design a plan for your child.  The consultation and treatment are not covered by any medical insurance plans.

Treating Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence insufficiency affects one out of five students.  According to the American Optometric Association, the most common signs that you or your child suffers from convergence insufficiency are: 

  • Skips or adds words when reading
  • Loses place when reading
  • Words seem to jump around or move when reading
  • Suffers from poor comprehension
  • Has frequent headaches
  • Their homework ends in crying and frustration

Convergence insufficiency results when each of our eyes does not align precisely on the same word as we read.  One eye slips outward resulting in our two eyes pointing at different words at the same time.  This then can cause our reading fluency to be slow and choppy. 

Often, students with convergence insufficiency appear to have poor attention.  They may be fidgety when attempting homework.  They get tired quickly. 

Convergence insufficiency in concussions

Concussions can also cause convergence insufficiency to occur in teens and adults.  In these cases, the most frequent symptoms are: 

  • Headaches
  • Double vision
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty watching quick-moving sports on TV
  • Problems with motion sickness 

In both of the above situations convergence insufficiency is treatable with vision therapy.  Each of our eyes has six eye muscles that act as pulleys to move our eyes where we want to look.  Just like physical therapy, which trains your larger muscles to work properly, vision therapy trains your eyes to move and to align precisely on targets.

Helping students and adults with vision therapy for over thirty-five years

Dr. Falbo has been using vision therapy to help hundreds if not thousands of students and adults for over 35 years.  He is well known for his lectures on vision therapy to schools and medical groups in the tri-state area.  He is the doctor of choice for doctors and surgeons’ children in Pittsburgh.

Through a one-on-one consultation with him, you can learn how he can help you too.  Most patients attend half-hour vision therapy sessions in our office twice weekly.  Program length varies based on the severity of your condition.  Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

The success rate for vision therapy treatment for convergence insufficiency is very high. 

Take the next step and call for your consultation today.

Conveniently located in McMurray, PA

Meet Dr. Joseph Falbo

Dr. Falbo was one of the first doctors to provide vision therapy in Pittsburgh.  He has been helping patients since 1987.  Since then his vision therapy programs have helped thousands of children and adults with visual issues. He has been featured on KDKA-TV, WTAE, KQV and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for his innovations.  His patients have traveled from Georgia, West Virginia and Kansas City for his expertise.  Concussion specialists from UPMC and AHN refer their patients to him.

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