Your vision can have an impact on every part of your daily life. If your eyes aren’t functioning properly, it can affect you physically, emotionally and mentally. Typical optometrists prescribe glasses or contacts, but Dr. John Metzger at Kansas City Vision Performance Center in Building 22 has a unique approach.
For 35 years, Metzger owned an optometry practice in Hiawatha, KS. Ten years ago, his daughter convinced him and his wife to start a new practice in Kansas City to be closer to her family.
“I was excited about the opportunity to move here but I knew we needed to specialize and set ourselves apart from other optometrists,” said Metzger. “We decided to go a different direction from others in the field and build relationships with them so we can collaborate and refer patients to each other.”
In 2005, Metzger opened Kansas City Vision Performance Center specializing in vision therapy, neuro-optometry, and low vision rehabilitation. Instead of prescribing glasses or eye drops, Metzger uses therapeutic techniques and exercises to address the root cause of a problem.
“Many people are labeled with names which suggest they have a permanent disability when often they only have an inability,” said Metzger. “We look at what is below the surface of a symptom and address how your vision may be impacting other areas of your daily life.”
Their mission is to help people improve their vision performance to improve their quality life, such as in school, work, hobbies, sports, and driving. For example, Metzger often sees children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or athletes who can’t quite react like they used to. According to him, vision therapy could be a solution.
“Many patients say, ‘I’ve always been told I have 20/20 vision,’ but we discover they actually have eye coordination problems causing them issues,” said Metzger. “If your visual system isn’t working at peak performance, it can affect many areas of your life.”
The fastest growing area of the practice is working with people who have suffered concussions. This traumatic brain injury can have a significant impact on your vision, which affects many other body functions.
“Traditionally, concussion patients have been treated by occupational or physical therapists who didn’t know vision therapists like us even existed,” said Metzger. “We are actively building relationships with other specialists so we can work as a team to help our patients.”
Metzger moved his practice to Corporate Woods in 2012 and he believes it is the perfect environment for his patients.
“People can walk right up to our front door, and we love how quiet and peaceful it is here,” said Metzger. “We work with patients all across the metro area, and Corporate Woods helps us serve even more people because it is so accessible from everywhere.”
After practicing optometry for over 40 years, Metzger said he loves helping people improve their vision to live happier, healthier lives.
“Our goal is to take the time to get to know our patients so we can get to the underlying cause of their symptoms,” said Metzger. “The best part of my job is working with patients who have an issue impacting their daily lives and watching them turn their lives around after doing vision therapy.”
To learn how Dr. Metzger and Kansas City Vision Performance Center may be able to help you, visit their website or call (913) 469-8686.