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Teachers Notice Vision Problems

In this video, 4 school teachers experience some common vision conditions which can affect a person’s ability to read and learn. Many of these conditions go undetected during school vision screenings; therefore, it’s important to remember that even if you do not need glasses – this does not mean perfect vision. If your child struggles in school, or you are struggling to do visual activities after a concussion, you may need a Visual Skills Assessment. We can treat these binocular vision dysfunctions with vision therapy.

Learn more at our Vision Therapy Info Night with Dr. Claudia Lee on September 28 at 6:30pm! The event will take place at Brooklin Vision Care (6 Roebuck St.)
Please contact Steph at (289) 240-6610 or reception@brooklinvision.ca to register for a spot.

Vision Therapy Info Night

Want to learn more about vision therapy? Vision therapy is a treatment for problems in the visual system, including:
– Lazy Eye
– Crossed Eyes
– Post Concussion Vision Problems
– Poor Focusing
– Learning-Related Vision Problems

We will be having a public info session on September 28 at 6:30pm at our Brooklin Vision Care (6 Roebuck St). Open to new patients, parents, teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, and more – everyone is welcome!

Please contact Steph at (289) 240-6610 or reception@brooklinvision.ca to register for a spot.

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Vision Therapy Helped His Blurry Vision

Feel Good Friday! M graduated from VT in the fall, but we just saw him back in the office recently for his regular eye exam, and he’s happy and doing well 🙂
M is a 15 year old boy whose doctor referred him to Dr. Lee because his vision was constantly blurry. He had trouble seeing in the distance, and also up close. He had trouble switching from his phone to the laptop and from looking at his desk up at the chalkboard. He had a lot of difficulty copying from the board. When he read, he had to hold things very close to his face (10cm). He had seen other doctors in the past, but they all told him that he didn’t need glasses, and nothing was wrong. Luckily, his latest optometrist realized there was an issue, and sent him for vision therapy.
M was diagnosed with severe Convergence Insufficiency, and Accommodative Dysfunction. He was given glasses to help his eyes focus, which helped at first, and he also started vision therapy to help improve his visual skills. After about 6 months of office therapy, along with diligent home practice, M no longer needed the glasses! He no longer complained of blurriness and double vision. He used to see the words moving around on the page when reading, but now he could read comfortably, and look from his laptop to the chalkboard and back to his desk easily. His referring optometrist even said that he seemed to be like a new person – at the first visit, M was very moody and disinterested, but this year, he was very pleasant and cooperative. We are so happy that vision therapy helped solve the problems he’d been suffering for so long! 🙂

Vision Therapy Helped Her Stop Seeing Double

Last year, we had so many vision therapy graduates! This year, we want to get back into the habit of highlighting their hard work and accomplishments! 🙂
M was in grade 3 when she was referred to our office due to blurry vision, and seeing double when reading. She had noticed it getting worse over the last 6 months. She was performing on grade level for school, but didn’t like reading because it made her tired, and she found it easier to close one eye when reading. She was diagnosed with Convergence Insufficiency and Accommodative Insufficiency, which means her eyes had difficulty working together to point at the same target up close, and they had trouble focusing her eyes to see clearly at near. Imagine how hard she must’ve had to work in order to do her schoolwork!
She completed 14 sessions of vision therapy, and she no longer experienced double vision or blurriness when reading. She had also gotten a pair of reading glasses, which helped at first, but she doesn’t need to wear them anymore. Her parents noticed her reading a lot more on her own, and without complaining. She now can enjoy reading more 🙂 She worked hard to achieve her goals in vision therapy, and now schoolwork will not be so difficult! Congratulations M!!

Friday Success Story

Letters in particular gave Laurian quite a challenge as she frequently wrote them backwards. A comprehensive vision exam revealed that Laurian was a good candidate for vision therapy to improve her visual tracking skills. This would help her keep better track of where her pencil was going and to better understand the shapes of letters and words.

At age 5, Laurian started writing lots of letters backwards. She needed help with her visual tracking skills and vision therapy was just the thing! Click here to read about her story

Kids Need Movement To Learn

In The Out-of-Sync Child, Carol Kranowitz says, “Vision, unlike sight, is not a skill we are born with but rather one we develop gradually as we integrate our sense. Growing up, we learn to make sense of what we see. How? Through movement! Movement, the basis of all learning, teaches the eyes to make sense of sights.”

Kids need movement to learn and develop, but schools have been cutting recess to make time for more instruction and tests. Read how one school in Texas is turning that around: Turns Out Monkey Bars and Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain

Handwriting for better learning and memory

It’s not just what we write that matters, but how. Children read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, and they are also better able to better generate ideas and retain information.

Printing, cursive writing, and typing on a keyboard were compared in a study of children in grades 2-5. When the children wrote text by hand, they consistently produced more words more quickly, and also expressed more ideas, when compared with the children who wrote on a keyboard. The children with better handwriting showed greater neural activation in areas associated with working memory when they were asked to think of ideas for a composition, as well as a greater overall activation in reading and writing networks.

Physically forming letters when writing is important for learning and memory!

Click here to read more in the NY Times

Vision Therapy Graduates

Sending out a big CONGRATULATIONS to all our VT graduates over the last few months! All of your hard work and determination has paid off!
We are going to try to remember to update our blog a little more 🙂 Here’s a little bit about our two most recent graduates:

J came to us when his teacher noticed him skipping words when he was reading. His school performance was very good, but he often lost his place, got headaches, and felt tired after only 15 mins of reading. He was diagnosed with a tracking deficit, and started vision therapy. After about 2.5 months of weekly sessions, his mom noticed his reading is a lot more fluent, he no longer skips words, and he doesn’t get headaches or feel as tired when reading! Great job, J!

S came to the office with very bad visual symptoms after a concussion. He got headaches after 5-10 mins of reading, and couldn’t look at screens. He also felt like he couldn’t focus or concentrate. He felt dizzy when looking around. He needed to get reading glasses, and started vision therapy for his focusing skills. He can now read for about 1.5 hrs without symptoms (without his glasses!), and he can finally start slowly returning to work! We are happy for you, S!