Success with Visual Disabilities: Convergence Insufficiency
The difference is like night and day. How can I help to spread the word about the need for earlier screening in schools so other children won't have to go through what my son went through? [More]
Before Vision Therapy, my daughter knew that she was different but couldn't pinpoint a specific problem. [More]
My name is Katie. I was in Vision Therapy because my eyes didn't work together very well. [More]
I just wish I had known you could have "better than 20/20" vision and not be able to unscramble the words on a page. I just wonder how many kids struggle through school with a vision problem that could be corrected.[More]
I only hope that others will have the chance to experience the joy and pleasure parents find in their child's newfound future. [More]
It has helped [our child's] self-esteem to know that she isn't "stupid" and ... this is a problem we can fix.[ More]
He no longer has double and blurred vision ... he has less trouble sitting still during school and can now complete tasks that are assigned in a shorter time.[More]
The high point for us was when Alisha's AWANA leader and Sunday School teacher came up to us and told us how much improvement they've seen in her.[More]
As a result of Vision Therapy, my son is more driven and focused with his school work.[More]
Through Vision Therapy and home exercises, Sarah's focus problem was corrected and she has re-trained her eyes. She is having a successful academic year.[More]
As a result of Vision Therapy, my child has taken an interest in school. He has better eye coordination. [More]
Vision Therapy was an answer to my prayers. Jourdan's reading has improved ...[she] can now stay focused until her assignment is completed.[More]
Before beginning Vision Therapy, Jonathan seemed out of focus in terms of being able to concentrate on assignments.[More]
Without the improvement in his focusing and eye coordination, Erik would not be so successful in many of his courses, which are reading intensive.[More]
Since completing Vision Therapy, Stephan has not missed school or had to see the family doctor because of his former complaints ... his seeing has improved. He now completes his assignments in the same time frame as fellow students, instead of last or not at all.[More]
Tim's eyes work as a team now and the [prism] correction in his glasses for his convergence insufficiency has been eliminated. He can read for an hour without tiring. He can attend to homework for hours.[More]
During a routine eye exam, Dr. X diagnosed Amanda with "convergence insufficiency." After only ten Vision Therapy sessions.[More]
Since therapy, John enjoys reading to himself and does recreational reading daily.[More]
... we noticed Michael's eyes worked independently of each other ... Since Vision Therapy, he reads spontaneously and his coordination has improved.[More]
His ability to keep his place while reading is better and his comprehension is greater.[More]
I have seen dramatic changes in my reading. I read a 350 page book in less than a week! It would have taken me months to read that before [Vision Therapy].[More]
Since Vision Therapy, Eric has progressed to a recent ninety-one percentile test score; a dream for him and for us.[More]
Mary visited the school nurse many times with complaints of blurry, watery eyes, and head and stomach aches ... her vision was reported to be OK [20/20]. ... [Then] examination revealed visual-motor problems, double vision, and a condition called convergence insufficiency.[More]
... it was their shared opinion that he indeed had ADD ... deemed qualified for special services of occupational therapy and speech therapy ... His eldest brother had been diagnosed with convergence insufficiency at the age of 20 after telling me he saw double [diplopia]. I suspected my youngest son had the same trouble.[More]
Vision Therapy has been a wonderful program. I can not believe the difference academically! I am so glad that you are helping kids in our area![ More]
Now, with Vision Therapy, I don't skip a sentence or a word at all.[More]
Title One teacher couldn't believe it, as well as private college tutor and teacher at public school! [More]
Following Vision Therapy, Justin has improved from a child who hated school to one who is willing - even eager - to go to school. He now has the ability to use both of his eyes together.[More]
He was found to have convergence difficulties (convergence insufficiency), which made his eyes overwork and become tired when reading. ... He was placed in a 6-month [Vision Therapy] program ... Soon, Garrett was always reading, and he loved it! His teacher had noticed the improvement.[More]
... my eyes were uncoordinated and I saw double sometimes. [More]
Read full stories below.
My son was told for years that he had 20/20 vision yet he complained of headaches and avoided homework. Even so, he was able to get high marks on tests; he was in honors classes and succeeded with teachers who were "active" in teaching. He took SAT's in 7th grade and qualified for the Center for Talented Youth and was two years ahead in science.
Before Vision Therapy, my daughter knew that she was different but couldn't pinpoint a specific problem. She struggled with instructions and seemed to be tired out with sports and school activities. Now when I hear of someone's child having these general difficulties, the first thing I think of is muscle-convergence disorder. Jessica has never complained about going to Vision Therapy sessions.
My name is Katie. I was in Vision Therapy because my eyes didn't work together very well. This made it tough for me to read and also to concentrate. In the beginning I was afraid. ... Some of the exercises can be challenging, but a lot of them are also fun and easy. I think that it is important for you to do your eye exercises everyday. If I hadn't then I probably wouldn't have gotten as much out of it as I did. This Vision Therapy has made a huge impact on how I read and concentrate today.
My wife and I noticed that our son was having difficulty reading, spelling, and concentrating in school. As he entered second grade, these problems began to spread to his self-confidence and self-esteem, he developed a mild tendency for misbehaving in class. By the time he entered third grade, his teachers informed us of a continuing decline in his self-esteem, fewer friends, and more regular acting out in class. Since we know David to be a very bright kid, we decided to look into possible physical causes for his behavior. An Occupational Therapy evaluation by the Board of Education proved that OT services were not necessary, but that did not improve his situation.
Teachers and other people who work with children should be aware of convergence disorders [convergence insufficiency] and the possibility that they may be a cause of reading problems. It has helped [our child's] self-esteem to know that she isn't "stupid" and unable to read. Her frustration is much less and she now knows this is a problem we can fix.
Before we started Vision Therapy, we noticed Justin would push on the side of his eyes while watching T.V. He also had a lot of trouble sticking to anything that required reading or writing. Since we are home-schoolers, we knew first-hand that every day of schooling was difficult.
Since Alisha started Vision Therapy, her whole attitude and personality have just blossomed.
Most parents get upset because their children are fighting over video games. My heart almost burst when my little girl finally took interest in video games because her eyes were working together.
As a result of Vision Therapy, my son is more driven and focused with his school work. He is better able to work with speed and efficiency and unattended. He is more self-confident in his ability to achieve in school.
Concentration, comprehension, self-esteem, work pace, and errors are no longer a problem for Sarah! We couldn't have been more pleased with the Vision Therapy services and the progress Sarah made.
As a result of Vision Therapy, my child has taken an interest in school. Alex enjoys school now, and likes going to school. Before the program, he did not. He has more confidence, and even if he does get an answer wrong, he is enthusiastically willing to get it correct. He is reading much better. He recognizes words more. He can sound out words he does not know. He has better eye coordination.
Vision Therapy was an answer to my prayers. Jourdan's reading has improved, and her processing and comprehension of the information she has read have been significantly enhanced. The Vision Therapy program has helped Jourdan considerably. Jourdan was a procrastinator about doing her homework. She would put things off until the last moment, and getting her to complete the assignment was a chore.
Before beginning Vision Therapy, Jonathan seemed out of focus in terms of being able to concentrate on assignments, research and reading for long periods.
Our son Erik received Vision Therapy treatment nearly two years ago during the summer between the 7th and 8th grades. During 8th grade, his school performance gradually improved. He went from receiving D's and even an F in math in the 7th grade to receiving a 2.5 average. He also no longer suffers from debilitating headaches.
The Vision Therapy our son, Stephan, received for his vision problems came about through a long process of elimination of trying to find the cause for his stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Before his Vision Therapy started, Stephan had to be picked up at school because of these complaints. Our family doctor could not find anything wrong. We took him in to check his vision again, even though he had just gotten new lenses three months before. No changes were found, but the optometrist recommended Dr. X and Vision Therapy.
Last year you saw our tenth grade son, Tim, because of learning and concentration problems that he was having in school. It was difficult for us to be certain what his primary problems were versus secondary ones, so it was with some skepticism that we initiated a course of Vision Therapy with Dr. X. We had hopes that by addressing Tim's eye problems, we might resolve his short attention span, aversion to reading, passivity in learning, minimal academic effort, and poor learning strategies and study skills. It was a tall order. Tim had already been tutored in organizational skills and taught how to use his learning style to his advantage.
Seven months later, we have dramatic changes to report. Tim's eyes work as a team now and the [prism] correction in his glasses for his convergence insufficiency has been eliminated. He can read for an hour without tiring. He can attend to homework for hours with sustained focus. He is purposeful in his study strategies and he is becoming more active in his learning. His grades have improved, and he now talks about school and has a new air of confidence and sense of who he is. We continue to see new changes in Tim that are positive, and can now anticipate a bright future for him.
During a routine eye exam, Dr. X diagnosed Amanda with "convergence
insufficiency." He recommended Vision Therapy. We agreed
that she should do the therapy no later than 3rd grade. Amanda
is a good student but her homework became a struggle in 2nd
grade. Her frustration levels (usually manifested at home)
were very high. She was angry with her parents and wouldn't
cooperate with the routine.
John seemed to tire easily from reading. He took a long time to do his class work when it was written work. After four months of Vision Therapy, he is completing his work quicker. Since therapy, John enjoys reading to himself and does recreational reading daily.
Before Vision Therapy, we noticed Michael's eyes worked independently of each other [poor binocular coordination]. Since Vision Therapy, he reads spontaneously and his coordination has improved.
Michael was having difficulty reading, and the more he read, the worse he got. He also had problems comprehending simple questions after reading something. Shortly after beginning vision therapy, he was eager to pick up a book and try to read it. Now Michael's reading is consistently improving. His ability to keep his place while reading is better and his comprehension is greater.
In my senior year of high school, my English grades were very low. I hated reading because I didn't understand anything I read. I was concerned about college. I felt really insecure about English and my level of reading and comprehension.
My older son, Eric, had a problem in many subjects, especially math and reading. He was involved in sports, but far from a star. A vision exam suggested his eyes did not work well together [binocular vision, eye teaming skills, convergence insufficiency] and we were referred to Dr. X, who recommended Vision Therapy. Since Vision Therapy, Eric has progressed to a recent ninety-one percentile test score; a dream for him and for us.
Vision Therapy has been a wonderful program. I can not believe the difference academically! I am so glad that you are helping kids in our area! There seems to be a great need for this. I am so glad it is helping so many kids ability to use their eyes properly and get rid of a lot of frustration at school and home! Thank you again!
Before I had Vision Therapy, I couldn't focus or see things as well as I can now. When I read a book, I would skip sentences or I would lose sentences. Now, with Vision Therapy, I don't skip a sentence or a word at all.
Lisa Banyenbruch, parent, 8/6/03
Previous to Vision Therapy, my son, Justin, was having serious difficulties at school. He was failing. He couldn't see the letters or words on the blackboard or up close. He had difficulty using his eyes together and focusing up close. He couldn't see what he needed to in order to copy homework or schoolwork in the classroom.
I am writing you professionally so that my words may encourage
others and give them hope through Vision Therapy. My background
is in the field of Special Education. I have three credentials
in the field of learning handicaps and a Masters of Education
specializing in learning handicaps. I have 20 years combined
experience as a special class teacher and Resource Specialist
from the Montebello Unified School District, graduate professor
for "Assessment and Curriculum Development" classes at La
Verne University, and presently, I am the Director and founder
of the Unique Learning Program (a pilot "Special Needs" program)
for Whittier Christian Schools. Yet, when it came to helping
my son with his visual perceptual difficulties, my credentials
were not enough.
At the beginning of my daughter Holly's first grade school year she complained of not being able to see the chalkboard. I knew she loved glasses and really wanted a pair, but, thought it wouldn't hurt to have her eyes checked. I took her to an Optometrist and was told she had better than 20/20 vision. I was happy and bought her a cute pair of sunglasses.
I lead an active lifestyle as a mom chasing after a toddler and as an RN working part time. Some of my hobbies are reading and doing needle work; however, these became progressively harder for me to do as I felt my eyes straining to see clearly. I also would get headaches after reading and would see double. I had gone to several eye doctors over the past years and each on e would change my Rx [prescription] for my glasses which would help for awhile but then my eye problem would return. After Vision Therapy, I fee my vision has improved considerably. I can read comfortably, I no longer see double and my eyes don't tire like they used to when I'm reading or using the computer. I was skeptical at first, but now I am a whole hearted believer in Vision Therapy.
When I first started going to Dr. X for Vision Therapy, my eyes were uncoordinated and I saw double sometimes. The exercises I did were fun. I didn't know it, but my eyes were getting better all the time. Going to Vision Therapy and doing the daily exercises is a big commitment, but is really worth it. I really like playing tennis and going to Vision Therapy has made it a lot easier to play. Thank you Dr. X for helping.
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