How Life Looks With Strabismus

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“My eyes were never lazy. My brain just got confused.” YES!!!👏👏👏

Filmmaker James Robinson put together an excellent video to demonstrate what it’s like to have two eyes that don’t, as he says, “collaborate.” You’ll see in his old photos that his eyes started out turning inward (esotropia), but they now turn outward (exotropia). This is sadly not unusual to see after surgery, where the eye muscles are cut in a brute force attempt to make the eyes cooperate, but vision therapy can help teach the brain how to use them together. Well worth the 12 minutes to watch!

Eyes are NOT LAZY!!

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Vision Therapy for Copying Off the Board

*Note: This photo is from pre-COVID. Patients must now be masked in the office at all times, while staff wear masks and face shields.

C came to us because she was having problems at school with copying off the board because she would lose her place when looking back at her page after looking at the board. She also had trouble reading where she lost her place often and skipped words, and sometimes read backwards. C also had a fear of walking across the soccer field at her school during recess because of the worry of being hit by a ball flying through the air, as she didn’t feel she could notice where they were.

After vision therapy, C and her mother saw improvements in her reading where she wasn’t losing her place anymore when she read and found copying off the board much easier. C’s grandmother also noticed that she read much better and easier. C was also pleased that she could now walk across the soccer field confidently without worrying about getting hit by a ball, by being aware of her peripheral vision and noticing everything around her. Congratulations C! We will miss you and your love of dance and your positive attitude every therapy session.

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Vision Therapy Can Improve Stamina

*Note: This photo is from pre-COVID. Patients must now be masked in the office at all times, while staff wear masks and face shields.

W came to us because he was having trouble with reading. It took him a long time to read and easily got fatigued from it. He also noticed that while he was reading, the words would get blurry often and he noticed the words would go in and out of focus often. W also lost his place often when reading and after he read something, he easily forgot what he just read. His mom noticed this often and wanted him to have better retention of what he had read.

After vision therapy, W’s reading improved a lot. His mom noticed that he had much better stamina where he could now read for an hour straight before getting tired, compared to less than 10 minutes of reading before he began vision therapy. W also found reading much easier because he wasn’t losing his place and was no longer having blurry vision, so it didn’t feel as tiring or time consuming. His mom said it was a big commitment for both of them, but felt it was worth all the hard work!

Congratulations W! We will miss you and your love of hockey.

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Vision Therapy For Teens

Vision therapy is not just for kids!

V came to us for vision therapy because she was having double vision for over two years and was experiencing headaches and blurry vision. V was starting highschool when she first started therapy and wanted these issues to go away since her homework was getting heavier.

After vision therapy, the double vision decreased greatly. V still noticed it occasionally but she said it was nowhere near as bad as it was before vision therapy and felt she had the tools to manage it and get rid of it when it did happen. Congratulations V! We will miss you and your love of music.

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Vision Therapy Helps With Hand Eye Coordination

M came to us because he was having difficulties with reading, where he would lose his place and skip words often while reading and when trying to copy from the board at school. He also loved baseball and wanted to be better at catching and throwing, and have better coordination overall. He had been diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder.

During vision therapy, M and his mom started noticing that he was already improving on being able to follow things with his eyes and that his hand-eye coordination had improved. As we continued vision therapy, M found copying from the board was getting easier, and he started reading more often. Upon completion of vision therapy, M’s reading had greatly improved and he was above his reading grade level and had improved with his catching and throwing skills. Congratulations M! We will miss you and your love of baseball and exuberant personality.

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