Success for Adults: Better Vision with Vision Therapy
I am incredibly in awe of the difference Vision Therapy has made in my life! [More]
I can drive with less strain and more ease. [More]
Through visual rehabilitation, I have reclaimed huge tracts of my life. I drive, shop, work around the house, help others around their homes, eat, and read with pleasure. [More]
Who knew that Vision Therapy could change so much? Vision therapy has improved my reading, math abilities, memory, eye and hand coordination, among many other things, and has brought a measure of ease to my life. [More]
Without this, my life would be unbearable as I am disabled and cannot do a lot, so my eyes are my life. [More]
I really believe and trust in Vision Therapy. [More]
As a graduate student reading frequently, I had been dependent on reading glasses for eight years. After completing the Vision Therapy program, I no longer require them. [More]
Thanks to Dr. X 's expertise and Vision Therapy my daily vertigo has stopped and I am able to read again after forty years of just poor scanning. [More]
My focusing problems have much improved. I have passed Vision Therapy information along to my MS group leader. [More]
Improved my vision overall.[More]
Two years ago I changed jobs to a full-time college instructor. The amount of computer work, reading, and paperwork increased tremendously. My eyes began to burn, ache, and I would eventually become very tired. ... Thanks to Dr. X ... Now, I can teach without my glasses. [More]
I thought I was accident prone as a kid, but now I realize I just wasn't able to see properly. I am enjoying reading for the first time in my life. If you are considering Vision Therapy, start as soon as you can. [More]
It is now almost two years since I finished my therapy, but the results are lasting. At the time I started therapy, my headaches were unbearable. My age was against me, but everyone in the optometrist's office kept encouraging me until my goals were reached. [More]
Thanks to Vision Therapy, I am a healthier and happier person. [More]
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My story is truly about a changed life because of Vision Therapy. I discovered that I fit the description of someone who could benefit from Vision Therapy when I was pursuing help for my seven year old son. The checklist I was filling out for him told me that "this described me!" . I had no clue before that moment that my eyes were not working well for me, since I have had 20/20 vision all my life. My eyes had recently started changing, and I had been avoiding reading because it felt so stressful. My eyes were becoming increasingly light sensitive, causing me to wear sunglasses outside and for driving all the time. I didn't know that Vision Therapy would help to resolve both of these issues.
All my life, I felt like life was very difficult for me. It seemed to take me a lot more time and effort to do the basics of learning in school than other kids in my grade level. I have had to put out what feels like 200% compared to others who achieved the same straight A's, and they also held down a part-time job and were in extracurricular activities. All I had to do was study. School felt hard, but I became a perfectionist, and was very persistent in achieving the best. I have always felt like there was something wrong with me, that I was so slow and clumsy in the things I tried. Others seemed to sail through, while I trudged through the thick mud of learning. I was clumsy at sports and avoided it whenever I could, especially team sports. Being on a team was just too stressful for me, and even though I secretly had a desire to play volleyball on a team, I did not. People around me could not see how hard I worked and the price I paid to succeed. They said it looked like I was a great student and that it came with ease. But they didn't know. That really caused me to wonder what was wrong with me and it hurt my self-esteem greatly.
As I became an adult, the pressure to succeed in basic life skills became more demanding. I felt like a low functioning person trying to trudge through life. I became anxious and depressed, requiring medication to cope with my life. I hit bottom, feeling that it was too hard to keep going on, and that the piles of things to deal with was too great.
I lost a job in Occupational Therapy that I really enjoyed, but thankfully, I didn't lose my life. I had lost other jobs because I had a hard time keeping up with the demands. I was also a new mother with a very demanding child. Parenting and working outside the home simultaneously was not a healthy option for me, at least not at that time. I had wondered if I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because I was always so tired. I would have to fight to keep my eyes open and focused on my job, on my parenting, and on my home life. Life was something to bear.
In February 2002, I started Vision Therapy. Around week 18, I came to my appointment with Dr. X and asked him if Vision Therapy has ever cut down the stress level and increased the energy of someone. I had not changed anything else in my life that could have possibly caused such a radical change. Medicines I had previously taken had not made a significant and obvious change like this. The doctor's answer was, "ABSOLUTELY!" . I also noticed that I was balancing approximately eight demands compared with my usual three to four demands that would derail me, and I was not feeling particularly stressed. Wow! Before that, I had never experienced being this effective, calm, and composed amid chaos. My children, who are noisy like all kids, used to jar my nerves. Now their noise is scarcely bothersome to me. I think this has and will continue to help me be a better parent. For me, this change is a MIRACLE! I HAVE A NEW LIFE! I now realize how much anxiety I was experiencing. The change has made a huge difference in my life. The speed and ease at which I have been moving through my day has allowed me the energy to extend myself beyond the basic required acts in life. I feel more effective, brave, and confident in pursuing new endeavors. I have been able to place energy into life enrichment i.e. seeking spirituality, something that was previously too threatening. I have numerous hobbies I am thoroughly enjoying, some of which are branching out into satisfying money raising endeavors.
I have found myself to be more interested and willing to participate in sports. I was at a party throwing a Nerf football to my husband (something I would have run away from previously). My husband was enthusiastically asking me "how are you throwing it so well?" I felt a feeling of exhilaration and competence. Before, I would duck when a ball was thrown to me, but now I was catching every ball thrown to me. Wow! I remember thinking, "this is not my life." Hmmm, now I'm wondering about volleyball.
Another surprising benefit was that I could read text in the car without feeling sick to my stomach. My lifelong experience of needing extra sleep (9-10 hours per night) may be not as necessary now. I am not as sleepy during the day. I feel more focused in general. I have been an extremely slow reader, so I have missed out on book clubs, because it would have been too arduous to join in. I think my slow reading and poor comprehension was a factor in my not being able to keep up with my career. I was told that my reading level was at a second grade level for speed. I will be looking for and hoping that the reading benefits become stronger as time passes.
I am extremely grateful to the Vision Therapy team, especially Dr. X, for helping me find a new life. I am now basically a fairly content, calm, effective, happy person. Many things that bothered me before are not even issues, or if they continue to be issues, I have an overall feeling of confidence that they will work out in time. Bringing up issues with others have also felt less threatening, I think because my overall baseline of stress has lessened significantly. Of course, there is always room for improvement. I am incredibly in awe of the difference Vision Therapy has made in my life. I would wish the same for anyone else. I think that there are probably many other people in this world who could also have a new life like me, if they check it out.
THANKS FOR THE PEACE IN MY NEW LIFE!!!!
Now the words do not move on the page and I am able to get through the newspaper and read quicker. I have always had problems reading and found out there was [vision] therapy that would help.
I chose to do Vision Therapy because I was desperate, as I had tried many other therapies in the past. I had become quite debilitated since I could no longer drive for more than 10 minutes. I could not shop for groceries, and on most days I could manage no more than the simplest housekeeping chores. I got sick at every meal as nausea and dizziness severely limited my activities.
Through visual rehabilitation, I have reclaimed huge tracts of my life. I drive, shop, work around the house, help others around their homes, eat, and read with pleasure. Last month, I worked one week as a counselor at a sleep-away summer camp. This month, I undertook one 3-day training to prepare to teach on a substitute basis and I will participate in a week long sports medicine workshop. I hope the latter will help me secure a coaching position. In general, my energy level is much better and I feel that I can count on feeling well enough to work now.
Like all rehab therapies, vision rehabilitation hurts, but only for a while. I became nauseated and had to stop within a minute of starting my first homework assignment. Eventually, I could tolerate 20-30 minutes, two to three times a day. I liked learning about my eyes, what they do, how they do it. I have learned via the program to exert more control over my eye movements. I found the visagraph analysis technology fascinating and some of the "optical illusions" are just plain great!
Who knew that Vision Therapy could change so much? Before I started my weekly sessions, or even knew about Vision Therapy, I struggled with so many things that I felt were natural to struggle with. My memory wasn't so great, and my reading wasn't either. In fact, in my sophomore year of high school, I took an AP History class, where I had to read about 20 pages a night from a textbook. The 20 pages seemed to be a million, and I usually fell asleep after the third page. And even when I read all 20, I'd have no idea what I had just read.
Now after Vision Therapy, would you believe me if I told you I read Death of a Salesman a month ago in no more than 2 days? And I haven't even started to describe the wonders of Vision Therapy. I am a classical voice student, and I train with some college professors once a week. Without telling them about my experiences with Vision Therapy, they have commented on my improvements in rhythm, sight reading, sight singing, and my overall musicianship.
Vision therapy has improved my reading, math abilities, memory, eye and hand coordination, among many other things, and has brought a measure of ease to my life.
I am much better at focusing and have been able to read much better and longer. I can now read while riding in a car. I think that this program was a great help to me. It improved my reading and headaches. Without this, my life would be unbearable as I am disabled and cannot do a lot, so my eyes are my life.
Teaching the patient how to treat themselves, so they can be in control of their own therapy allows the patient to have a lifetime cure. I really believe and trust in Vision Therapy. All that I ask is that the doctor never stop helping others.
As a graduate student reading frequently, I had been dependent on reading glasses for eight years. After completing the Vision Therapy program, I no longer require them. This has also given me a great alternative to the frustration of bifocals.
I have learned that developmental optometry is a highly specialized and rarely publicized field of optometry that's not chosen or practiced by many. Vision Therapy is an area that not only takes an education, but an unselfish dedication to the patient and requires unlimited time, patience and consummate skill to unravel the intangibles and restore the ability to read.
My focusing problems have much improved. Vision Therapy was instrumental in bringing about this change. I don't need additional therapy and I will continue with the prism prescription Dr. X recommended.
I have passed Vision Therapy information along to my MS [multiple sclerosis] group leader.
Two years ago I changed jobs to a full-time college instructor. The amount of computer work, reading, and paperwork increased tremendously. My eyes began to burn, ache, and I would eventually become very tired. I went to a vision chain store to have my eyes examined. The doctor strongly suggested for me to wear glasses continuously throughout the day. I am nearsighted with astigmatism in both eyes.
Approximately three months ago, I stopped in Dr. X's office for a possible fitting of contact lenses. I do not like to wear glasses. He examined my eyes and asked many questions concerning the type of work I was doing. He was trying to get an idea of how much close up work I was doing on a daily basis.
He prescribed low stress lenses for my close work and cut back on my distance prescription for nearsightedness and the correction for the astigmatism. He mentioned I should try not to wear the glasses continuously.
I adapted to the decreased distance lenses well and began to cut back on the amount of usage. The fact that I was wearing another prescription for close up work took off the strain and stress from my eyes, therefore the need to wear my distance lenses decreased.
Before all this was done, I was at a point where I could not teach without wearing my distant lenses. I was so dependent on them. Now, I can teach without my glasses.
Overall, I feel my eyes are better than they were before. Thanks to Dr. X for changing my lenses, spending time with me to assess my actual needs and to help me decrease the amount of time I actually wear my glasses. I no longer need to inquire about contact lenses.
Before Vision Therapy I didn't understand how the eyes worked. I know now how to focus my eyes properly and the exercises have strengthened them. I really don't know how I've gotten along all these years without being able to see properly. I thought I was accident prone as a kid, but now I realize I just wasn't able to see properly. I am enjoying reading for the first time in my life. If you are considering Vision Therapy, start as soon as you can.
It is now almost two years since I finished my therapy, but the results are lasting. At the time I started therapy, my headaches were unbearable. They were caused by my eye muscles. My age was against me, but everyone in the optometrist's office kept encouraging me until my goals were reached.
The main change is no more headaches! I must admit that I never really believed I could change my eye muscles. It was hard work that took up to an hour a day, for over a year [due to patient's age]. When I was done, I was afraid that with time I would regress. Thankfully, that has not happened. During therapy, I thought each week's new exercise was beyond my ability to do and then I was delighted to find I was wrong. Thanks again for helping me so much.
I don't get headaches as often as I used to. In addition, I don't feel as claustrophobic in small areas. When using the computer, I don't feel as constricted as I did prior to Vision Therapy.
My work has become easier. I have fewer headaches and can work for longer periods of time on the computer. I can focus better while reading and am able to follow the sentences. My night vision has also improved and light doesn't bother my eyes while driving.
I am very happy with the professional care and sensitivity to my eye condition that I found with Dr. X (Member - Find a Doctor). A series of visits to other optometrists, ophthalmologists and doctors never seemed to bring me any understanding of or relief from my eye and other problems. I finally found sensitive understanding of my vision problems along with solutions that have worked for me. Without this help and understanding, I'm sure I would not be able to function very well. Vision is so important to a full and happy life. Thanks to Vision Therapy, I am a healthier and happier person.
It has been a tough haul, but I did it! Now I can go back to college as a "full-time student." That was something I thought would never happen. I am confident that I will do well. Between the eye exercises and the use of my glasses, how can I not! Also, thanks to Vision Therapy, I can resume food shopping, which is important when you take care of a household. Thank you!
For a number of years I was trying to get help with my double vision, which forced me to drive with one eye closed. The only option given by the doctors I consulted was wearing an eye patch while driving or a double eye surgery. Dr. X suggested including prism in the prescription and following up with Visual Therapy. The prescription worked like a charm. No more double vision!
I can't understand why such a simple solution to a mild adult strabismus is not in the repertoire of every eye care provider.
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