Meet Vision Therapy Grad: Harrison

Dr. Steve Sandman referred seven-year-old Harrison to the Center for Vision Development after his mother had noticed how much he was struggling in school. Harrison had also been experiencing motion sickness in the car and had problems maintaining balance and riding his bike. Dr. Sandman thought that he would be a good candidate for Vision Therapy.

“He was actually on the verge of getting a referral for OT/Special Education/Title I help,” says Shannon, Harrison’s mother. “Since starting Vision Therapy, he has improved greatly. He has moved up in reading groups. His report card and testing scores have dramatically improved to an above average student.”

Shannon credits a lot of Harrison’s success to his hard work and the patience of Rose, his Vision Therapist. For more information on Vision Therapy and how it can help your child, click here.


Meet the Vision Therapy Grad: Jordyn

Jordyn started Vision Therapy treatment after struggling in school. Once she began coming to therapy and working with her Vision Therapist Erin, Jordyn’s grades began improving and she began to actually enjoy reading.

Jordyn and her mother really noticed a difference at an Easter Egg Hunt this past spring. At first, Jordyn didn’t want to participate because she was used to having a difficult time finding eggs. But because of all of the hard work she had been doing on her visual skills during Vision Therapy, she decided to give it a try. She was amazed at being able to find so many eggs and really felt a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Her mother Tara appreciates Jordyn’s new self esteem and confidence, “Now she likes to read and is doing so much better at school. Thank you Dr. Smith and Erin.”

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Meet the Vision Therapy Grad: Briley

Prior to Vision Therapy, Briley did not like to read; she would feel the need to use her finger as a guide, and her struggle made school difficult. She began a course of Vision Therapy at EyeCare Specialities’ Center for Vision Development. With the help of Tess and the rest of the Vision Therapy team, Briley really started to see results midway through the program.

Now, Briley loves to read, and sometimes her parents find it hard to get her to stop. Her comprehension grades have improved tremendously, and her family credits her hard work and Tess’ encouragement and support as the reason why.

“We all can tell that Vision Therapy was a success, and we are very happy with the results.” Kristin, Briley’s mother

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Meet the Vision Therapy Grad: Sophie

When Sophie started to complain about increasing headaches, blurry and double vision, her mother, Wendy became very concerned. Her parents brought her to the pediatrician who ran tests and performed an MRI. Both Sophie’s eye doctor and a specialist diagnosed her with Convergence Insufficiency and recommended Vision Therapy.

The recommended exercises and treatment initially seemed daunting to Sophie. However, once she started noticing results, she enthusiastically responded to Vision Therapy. “My life just got easier. I went from reading one page a day to one or two books a week. I could also learn my music much quicker.”

Her parents and teachers also saw huge improvements in class with Sophie being excited about reading and learning. “My bright, confident daughter went from closing one eye while doing her homework to burying her nose in books excited about the stories she was reading.”

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Meet the Vision Therapy Grad: Allison

Allison was referred to the Center for Vision Development last January by Dr. Brian Brightman after having problems reading and adjusting from the board to her desk in math class.

She recently graduated from the program and her father, Mark was thrilled with her progress. “It was nice to find out that there was a Vision Therapy program to help Allison. The staff was always friendly, caring and very professional. Erin was always great with Allison from caring how her day was going to how the home activities were helping her with school. Thanks for all you’ve done!”

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Meet Vision Therapy Graduate: Laura

In kindergarten, Laura would struggle in school. A visit to the eye doctor indicated that she needed glasses and vision therapy to help her with her reading.

Her parents tell us, “As a 1st grader, she made great improvements at school, and her self confidence also improved. All her hard work has paid off and now she is excited to read proudly to others and for her own enjoyment! Thank you!!”

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Convergence Insufficiency and Reading

If your child struggles with reading and complains about double vision or headaches when doing homework, your child could be struggling with a vision disorder known as convergence insufficiency.

Studies show that at least one in 20 children experience convergence insufficiency, which translates to one to two students in every classroom.

Convergence insufficiency is an eye-teaming, near-vision problem. With convergence insufficiency the eyes have difficulty coming together in order to focus on objects close up. The problem lies not within the eyes themselves, but in the ability of the brain to coordinate the eyes together to see one clear image.

Symptoms of convergence insufficiency include loss of place while reading, loss of concentration, re-reading the same line over and over, reading slowly and having trouble remembering what was just read. Teachers and parents may notice a child covering one eye while reading or having trouble concentrating when tired. Recent studies have shown strong relationships between children diagnosed with convergence insufficiency and those diagnosed with ADHD. A student with convergence insufficiency might complain of fatigue, eye strain, headaches or might not even complain at all.

Many times children who have convergence insufficiency perform well on a standard eye chart that measures visual acuity. They may not realize their difficulty reading is due to a vision problem. A comprehensive vision exam from an optometrist is the best way to diagnose convergence insufficiency.

The most effective way to treat convergence insufficiency is with a course of vision therapy. At EyeCare Specialties’ Center for Vision Development, our vision therapists create a specific series of eye exercises and activities for each child to teach them how to better coordinate their eyes to work efficiently as a team with near work.

For more information about the Vision Therapy program at EyeCare Specialities, click here or request an appointment.