Eye therapy has helped me get better and reading and recognizing words. I’m enjoying reading a lot more now. I have gotten more confidence in myself, in reading and at work. I have gotten better at communicating with others. I got better writing straight on a piece of blank white paper. I don’t have as many headaches as I did before eye therapy.
Before I started doing vision therapy, I was not able to see well from my right eye. My handwriting was not good and I would lose my spot while I was reading. At first vision therapy was hard because I was not used to doing exercises for my eyes and I didn’t understand how they were going to help me, but then things started to get easier. I started to feel like I could see better and the exercises were not as frustrating for me. I am glad I did vision therapy because now I can see and read better.
Before I started eye therapy I struggled in my reading ability. But now I like to read for fun. Now that I can read faster I can learn faster. Before I started eye therapy I got sleepy and tired. But now I don’t. Now I’ll read in my spare time.
It helped me like reading more and I can write math problems in a row. I can also balance on one foot, left and right, and I can read more fluently.
My favorite part was all the activities, and I really, really, really like the trampoline. I also like the tennis ball that is on a string. I am the only one who likes Slap Tap. THE END.
Madison struggled with reading comprehension, focus, and self-confidence when she began vision therapy. She also struggled to line numbers correctly when doing math. All of these things have improved significantly. Madison is now much more engaged in her academics. She is catching her own mistakes and learning from them. She now loves to read again! Madison is definitely happier and more confident in her academic abilities.
Therapy has helped my peripheral vision, I have no headaches, and my grades have been better. I almost never get crossed eyes anymore. I also feel like I have more control over my eyes.
I really do not know what we would have done without the help of vision therapy. My child was experiencing a lot of frustration at school, at home, and in playing sports. I was also feeling frustrated because I didn’t know how to help. His yearly progress checks at school seemed like they were always below average. With all the assistance of different services at school, I couldn’t understand why things were not improving. I spoke with one of my co-workers and found that she had taken her child to a vision therapist. She spoke highly of the different ways it helped her child. Until we did the initial evaluation, I had no idea of the different areas of testing a person’s vision. I am so glad we decided to come to vision therapy. I have noticed increased confidence and less frustration in my child. I know this will be an ongoing process for a long time, but I feel more confident on how to help him, both in school and at home.
When I first came here I was experiencing many issues. My eyestrain and headaches started getting better. I’m reading better and my comprehension is improving. Going through some of the drills didn’t make sense, but I know the staff and Dr. Carl had a game plan for me and I noticed changes for the good.
My life has changed so much thanks to caring people like all of you! I can honestly say I’m better off by going through your program.
Vision therapy helped in many ways. Like before vision therapy my handwriting was terrible. I’m talking super sloppy, but grip work helped with that. Also reading was super hard. When I would silent read I would constantly be blinking and I would skip lines and read like it was waves. I mean I would read the right line. Then go a line below or above when really I was supposed to read one line. So a tip of advice is that vision therapy will be hard and you will regret doing it, but in the end it is all worth it.
We started vision therapy because my daughter Kahra was continually falling behind in school. In kindergarten she was doing amazing until halfway through the school year when they had to learn how to read. All of a sudden she hated school, threw a fit when it was time to do homework, and started pretending like she was sick so she didn’t have to go. We began looking into all sorts of options to help her. We took her to a dyslexia tutor, but that didn’t seem like a good fit. We got her evaluated at school, but she was functioning just high enough that she didn’t qualify for additional assistance. Finally we took her to a neuro-psychologist who was talking so much about bipolar disorder that I knew that was not a good fit. Everyone was blaming her outbursts when it came to school and homework as a behavior problem, but my motherly instinct knew there was something else going on. Finally, 3 ½ years after we started searching for answer, we found Dr. Myers. He gave us hope that not only could our daughter overcome her learning disability, but she could actually repair her self-confidence as well.
Vision therapy has exceeded all of our expectations. When we started VT we were hoping that after our 40 sessions were over our daughter would be reading at grade level. Now, today she is at grade level for every subject! Math, English, Writing, and Reading! Not only that, but her handwriting has improved tremendously. She also is much more coordinated than she used to be. Her self-confidence has also gone through the roof. She used to have her hair in her face trying to hide all the time. We were constantly having conversations about not being shy. Now, her hair is pulled back, she walks with a pep in her step, and doesn’t know a stranger.
Although our results have been incredible, I will warn you that VT is not for the faint of heart. There were weeks we were spending up to 45 minutes per night on homework. We did therapy on vacation, while at grandparents’ houses, and even when her friends stayed the night. We decided that if we were going to do therapy, we were not going to take any short cuts, and that decision paid off in big ways.
So if you are wondering whether or not VT is for you, you really need to ask yourself if you have the self-discipline it is going to take to achieve massive results. Dr. Myers and his team will give you all the tools you need to succeed, but if you are not willing to do the work in between sessions, my guess is that your results will not be as amazing as what we have experienced.
Ever since my eye appointment in 3rd grade I didn't know my left eye was failing me. I started with just glasses and it didn't help. Then I came here and it helped so much. It wasn't that hard, it was super fun. I would recommend it to anyone that had eye problems. My left eye can see so much better than it used to. Janet was so nice to me and I hope I can see her again.
When my daughter failed her routine school eye exam I wondered why I haven't ever had her eyes checked before. She never complained that she couldn't see well. We went to get a professional exam which ended in her getting glasses. Then her follow-up revealed she still couldn't see well out of her left eye. I felt like I failed as a mother and I didn't know how to help her. Then the doctor recommended vision therapy. I had never heard of this before, but I am so glad we gave it a try. Dr. Myers explained to us in a way we could understand what is happening. My daughter had a lazy eye and needed vision therapy to help make her lazy eye stronger and work together with her good eye. She did many different therapies including syntonics to help her vision. She can see so much better in her lazy eye. I would recommend vision therapy to anyone struggling to see. Thank you Dr. Myers and Janet for helping my daughter!
I have a newfound confidence in my day-to-day life. I always hated school because it was hard to read. I thought it was because I was dumb and couldn’t learn. But now I know that it was because of my eyes. Knowing this has helped my confidence. I have gone back to school. I never thought I could. It’s all thanks to vision therapy and the help from their staff. I’m so thankful for all their help.
When I first started Eye Therapy, I was SO excited! I thought and still think that Maggie is the best Therapist on Earth! She helped me and my eye to get better and let me think of new and different ways to do things! She made things fun to do and didn’t let me get bored of my exercises. In the beginning I couldn’t cross my eyes, read with a metronome, or stand five steps away and read a Hart Chart. I can do all those things and many, many more. School and sports have become way easier, and I read more for fun. Playing and looking at electronics are less painful. My hand-eye coordination is better and it helps a lot!
Another good thing Maggie did was listen to me. She got excited, sad, and was/is supporting of me and my stories I had. I feel that I have learned a lot, and Maggie has learned more about horses!
Vision therapy has helped me with my reading, my attitude, school, better grades. Better handwriting for cursive, vision on the screen. Better eyesight for anything really. And that's how vision therapy has improved my eyesight.
Vision therapy has helped my 11-year-old son to love reading again. Over a year ago, I noticed he wasn't reading for enjoyment anymore. After a while not at all. Homework time had become a fight and my child who had always loved school didn't like it so much anymore. His behavior had changed as well. He seemed angry and frustrated all the time.
Since starting vision therapy last March, all that has changed. Slowly we started seeing changes. He is reading for school and for fun. Homework time is not so challenging. His attitude about just about everything is better. He loves school again and his grades have gotten better!
Vision therapy has helped me with a lot of different things. I can catch balls easier. I can throw footballs and basketballs better than before. I can read better than before and write better. My handwriting has improved a lot and I can write cursive now. I can write my name in cursive. I don't skip words or sentences anymore when I am reading. I like to read more now than I used to. I now understand what I am reading while I am reading.
Vision therapy has been a life-saver for my 9-year-old son. He struggled through kindergarten and first grade with reading, comprehension, and spelling. We had tried many different resources but didn't have any luck. Thankfully, his summer school teacher after his first grade year suggested that he see Dr. Myers due to tracking issues.
After testing with Dr. Myers, there were a number of things diagnosed for my son and it all made sense at that point. My son has improved in many different areas. Not only has his reading, writing, and comprehension improved, he can now tie his shoes, he can catch a baseball without getting hit in the face, and he is not nearly as clumsy as he used to be. My son's reading has improved by a lot; he no longer skips words or sentences, and he can now actually comprehend what he is reading. The only way he could comprehend before we started vision therapy was if someone was reading to him. His handwriting is 100% better. He now writes in a straight line and not all over the page. My son's confidence level is so much better now that he conquered and persevered through this last 15 months of vision therapy. We cannot thank Dr. Myers, Becky, and the staff at IVDC enough for all they have done to help my son achieve all these wonderful accomplishments!
I would do vision therapy because it helps you see what is around you. I can do lots of cool stuff now. I don't knock stuff down anymore. Life is better now. I hope you do good in vision therapy. I can do cool stuff with my eyes. I can do sports better. I don't get hit with stuff anymore.
We began our adventure seeking support for our 2nd grader after we had noticed a growing concern of inverting letters and numbers, struggling to read the smallest words, and high levels of frustration in and out of the classroom. After visiting a general practitioner, a neuropsychologist, and an ophthalmologist the only thing we had in hand was essentially "let your son be average," a diagnosis of mild ADHD, and a confirmation of 20/20 vision. Yet my son could read the word "adventure" and not the words "he," "it," "she," or "and." He could repeat entire stories that I read to him in great detail, but he couldn't tell me what was in the last sentence he had attempted to read.
We arrived at Indiana Vision Development Center with a frustrated child who was tired of discussing his struggles with others. Thankfully, we finally came out of an appointment with a diagnosis that made sense: convergence insufficiency. After a year of vision therapy, my son is in a completely different state of mind. He loves to read and has been recognized at school for it. He has gone from failing spelling to achieving an A+ on his last report card. The excessive bathroom breaks and constant movement in the classroom to avoid working have disappeared. No longer do we receive bi-weekly emails from his teacher with concerns and complaints about his behavior. Instead we receive praises and compliments on his growth and his compassion. Yes, we still see an occasional letter flip or have a day where it's harder for him to focus. However, I welcome the latest teacher complaint - Ben needs to focus a little more on his classroom work before he picks up that irresistible book that he now carries with him everywhere. That's something that I can celebrate in and then discuss with him balancing schoolwork with personal reading.
Aly struggled her entire life with the vision problem and thank goodness we found Dr. Myers and his team! Over the last 10 months we have seen a vast improvement in her vision/daily living. Coordination, balance, moods, focusing has improved greatly. Her ability to excel in sports has been tremendous. We believe this is what makes her the happiest of all! With her struggles her whole life, Aly has been an excellent student and we can see that her work is done more efficiently and quicker. All of these vast improvements didn't come easily for Aly, however, she was dedicated at putting all of her effort into becoming better. We are so proud of her! Thanks again for all for the support you have given her over this past year! It has been a long road, but so worth the end product.
When I was in sixth grade I played soccer. When we were at practice one day, I got hit in the head and woke up on the ground. I suffered a concussion. That is when the doctor noticed my eye problem. My right eye would not follow my left eye. I suffered from headaches on a regular basis and it was affecting my personal and social life.
Once I started vision therapy, it helped me immensely. Before, I was a struggling 'B' student in math, but now I am a straight 'A' student and now enjoy math. I also was able to go off my migraine/headache medicine completely! Other improvements I see are less motion sickness, better reading and handwriting, better balance, and overall better self-confidence...now I will be ready for high school and college!
After suffering a sports-related concussion, we started to notice Taylor struggling more academically, as well as suffering from headaches on a regular basis. She has been doing vision therapy for nine months and I have seen a huge change! She is getting straight 'A's as she prepares for high school. She also gets fewer headaches...Thank you to Dr. Myers and his team of therapists who worked so hard to help my daughter!
After 20 weeks of vision therapy, I do see improvement with my vision goals. I am able to get more done with less visual effort - my eyes don't seem to need to work as hard when doing visual work. My handwriting has also improved - I would often write with a combination of printing and cursive when needing to take notes or get information down on paper quickly - that no longer seems to be the case.
Another improvement I have noticed is my concentration. I am better able to focus and concentrate on given tasks, whereas before this was often a challenge. My speed of performance has also somewhat improved.
Finally, one of the most significant improvements I've noticed is with parallel processing and/or improvement with feelings of being overwhelmed when multiple tasks , responsibilities, and/or events are happening at once.
I believe vision therapy has given me the tools (with all the visual exercises) to help with my vision concerns, and will continue using them to further strengthen and improve my concentration, reading comprehension, parallel processing without being overwhelmed, and speed of performance.
"...Vision therapy works!"
I was having vision issues due to retinopathy. The vision in my right eye was weaker, so it began to drift inward and cause double vision. Due to the issues, I had some difficulty driving and maintaining vision control at long distances. Over the course of vision therapy, I learned exercises to help strengthen my eyes and get better control of my eyes. I also received the proper prescription in my glasses through the exams Dr. Myers conducted. Overall, everyone at the Indiana Vision Development Center is very helpful. Pam, my vision therapist, did a great job teaching and helping me through all exercises and the program. At the completion of the program, I have more control of my eyes, stronger eyes, and no more double vision! Vision therapy was a great experience and Dr. Myers and his team were a huge help!
I have seen big improvements in Dane. He is more willing to try new things. He enjoys reading more. His writing is so much better. Before therapy, his words all ran together with big and little letters. It was not readable. he has always been pretty good in sports, but he improved quite a bit in baseball. Dane had one eye that didn't see 20/20 even through his glasses. With therapy it has allowed that eye to turn on. We patched his weak eye for years with little success.
Before vision therapy I played soccer and it was very hard for me to follow the ball and adjust accordingly. I would also play video games and my eyes would become very sore and water. I could only play for a short amount of time. Now after vision therapy I am doing a lot better in sports and I can play video games for a longer amount of time.
My son Parker was having headaches and difficulty reading. His ability to concentrate on tasks had decreased after he had a concussion. We tried vision therapy because of what we read about it on the website. He has shown improvement in his reading and was able to attend college. He is headache-free. His attitude and ability to balance life's demands have improved. He was faithful to attend his therapy sessions and do his homework associated with therapy. This improved his maturity level and personal feelings of self-worth. Overall, he has more confidence and has taken good risks and accomplished a great deal at work, sports, and school.
Ever since I have been doing VT my grades have improved and my comprehension is much better. My left eye is more controlled and it makes my sports better. Headaches are not coming anymore!! I actually like reading now and I read whole books...and that is my success story.
Dalton has greatly improved in school and in sports after completing Vision Therapy. He enjoys reading and sometimes will pick up a book without being told to. He has better grades in school. We continue to see improvements with reading comprehension and math. He will be playing baseball this spring and has already increased his accuracy with batting and catching.
In November of 2016 I was in a car accident that left me with whiplash and a prolonged concussion, etc. When Preliminary Concussion Therapy did not clear up my bad headaches and vestibular issues, the doctor recommended me to Dr. Myers at Indiana Vision Development Center. Through the year of therapy there has been much improvement with my vision. I no longer have double vision. My right eye is tracking along with my left eye now. My reading has improved, as for much of the time after the car accident I avoided reading because of the headaches and visual disturbances. I can drive and ride in the car for longer periods than a year ago; I hope that continues to improve because I used to do the majority of driving on road trips. My concentration and cognitive abilities have improved so much in the last few months. After the accident, I felt shut off from my life because I was not able to follow conversations or be around noise or much busy activity. But now I feel more like myself than I have since that life-changing event in November of 2016.
Thank you so much to the team at Indiana Vision Development Center for helping me progress to this point! Thank you Dr. Myers for your knowledgeable understanding of what each patient needs and your kindness in executing it. Thank you Becky for challenging me each week in ways that have been so good for my brain. I am so grateful to you all!
Since I started vision therapy I enjoy reading more. The words don't move on the page any more! My balance is also better. My eyes don't get as tired now when I read or do school work. Before therapy I couldn't even cross my eyes!
Since Jacqueline started vision therapy last year, her reading comprehension has greatly improved. She is able to focus and concentrate on school work for longer periods of time. She also does not complain of headaches all the time anymore. Jacqueline is also less fidgety when sitting. Now she rarely mixes up numbers or letters when doing work.
It has not been an easy year for us and it took a lot of time and effort, but it was very much worth it! School goes so much more smoothly and she is retaining what she is learning so much better. I cannot even imagine what we would have done without vision therapy for Jacqueline!
When my daughter, Jacqueline, started vision therapy, I began to learn a lot about vision that I previously did not know. I realized that I was having problems of my own beyond my very nearsightedness.
Since starting my own vision therapy journey, I have had my headaches almost completely disappear, my driving has improved, and I am able to enjoy reading for longer periods of time again without falling asleep. With my therapy as well we have been able to lower my contact prescription quite significantly, which is something I thought could never happen!
As someone who honestly felt like I was going blind, vision therapy has helped me understand my vision better and how much vision can affect your daily life. I'm so thankful we found vision therapy; it has helped my daughter and me immensely.
Before beginning vision therapy, I had much difficulty controlling, directing, and coordinating my eyes together. This hindered my reading comprehension and often my eyes would water or I would lose my place in the book. I could not cross my eyes, nor focus very well, before vision therapy. None of these problems are present anymore; a sure sign that great work has been accomplished by Dr. Myers' business.
I also have to mention my spectacular therapist, Ms. Janet. I cannot commend her enough for her patience, cheerfulness, and encouragement. She worked so hard to improve my vision and diminish my difficulties, and deserves this credit. Thank you to all the V.T. staff for their hard work and dedication - you have undoubtedly changed my life.
While Kyle has always been a good student, I think that vision therapy has helped him to improve his reading comprehension and has reduced the number of small errors that he would make in math. He seems to be able to get his work done quicker as well. He has a greater interest in sports and has better coordination. Before he began his therapy, he could not skip, so you can imagine that other, more complicated movements would be out of the question. He also seems to understand verbal instructions better and does not get confused with left and right any longer. I am sure that there are other subtle improvements that I haven't noticed. I am grateful that he has had this opportunity, and my only wish is that we had learned about vision therapy sooner.
Vision therapy has helped me a lot. Before VT, sports were hard. Now I can catch and throw better. Playing sports is easier now. I used to get headaches but now they don't come at all. VT has helped my handwriting. It used to be sloppy and hard to do, but now it is easier. Sarah helped me increase my vision. She is very nice. I am thankful that VT is helping my eyes.
Vision Therapy changed my son's life. We have seen dramatic results this past year. My son struggled with periphery and fine and gross motor skills, which we didn't realize were tied into his vision and primitive reflexes. His periphery is expanded; he is no longer seeing the world through straws, and consequently, he doesn't fall down like he used to, and he can catch a ball better. His confidence in sports has skyrocketed, and he initiates playing sports now. He is less frustrated by tedious tasks and will take the time to complete them.
One of the biggest changes for him is his handwriting. His handwriting was nearly unreadable as a second grader. Now it is easier for him to write (and see the lines and edges of the paper), and his penmanship is legible. I've included pictures of before and after. One of the greatest things about vision therapy for me as a parent is that I felt listened to, understood, and validated by the staff at Indiana Vision Development Center. As a special education teacher, I know that some of the behaviors my son was exhibiting at school weren't what others were saying they were (ADHD, immaturity, etc.) It has been comforting to find and organization who saw my son's outward signs of primitive reflexes for what they are and have given him the exercises to overcome them. He is much more focused now and attentive in school. Thank you, Dr. Myers and the staff at IVDC, for the weekly encouragement we felt from you and for the way you changed my son's life.
Landon has always been a great student who has tried very hard. Five or six years ago, we noticed that reading was becoming/remaining a struggle despite our efforts of assistance. At that time his younger brother was surpassing him in ability, despite his best effort. At that time we had him evaluated with Dr. Myers. He recommended therapy at that time but we put it off because of cost and time commitment. I truly thought with maybe more phonics development, one-on-one reading, increased reading time, etc. we would see more improvements. While he was still progressing, he was still taking a long time to read (on tests), or we were compensating by my reading aloud to him.
We returned to Dr. Myers' office in 2018 for an eval again. Therapy was recommended again so we started right away. He has had so much growth over the past seven months in his reading. He has completely read 30-page chapters in Science, where this was overwhelming last year (with improved comprehension). I am so glad our family committed to this therapy! With him being older he was very independently disciplined knowing that he wanted to be able to read better. Our therapist was Pam, who has many years of experience. She was a perfect match for our son and very encouraging along the way.
Miss Sarah was so kind and patient with me. She really wanted me to get better. I am more confident now. I can read faster and remember more. My writing is better and so are my grades. The end.
Allisyn is our 2nd child to go through this program. Allisyn had difficulty in kindergarten doing basic classroom work. She struggled in every aspect, including socially. Allisyn hated school and every day was a struggle. After talking with her teacher, we decided to have Alli tested. Allisyn was actually worse than her sister was! Miss Sarah was wonderful adapting to Allisyn and her personal needs and goals. Allisyn quickly came to trust Sarah and started to really enjoy their sessions. Alli currently is reading at grade level, reading is more enjoyable to her, she remembers more and enjoys school now. Alli also talks with her teacher with more confidence and has more control over her lazy eye.
I feel that vision therapy has helped me in many ways. Here are some examples on how I have improved. First, I have noticed that in reading I've skipped over a few words. Now I noticed what I've skipped. I can also read a bit more smoothly as well. Another way it has helped me is in school, I can take notes easier because I can look at the board then back at my notes. I can also control my eye movements when they shift or focus. I can also do better in sports, too. I can hit targets better in karate. Finally, I can improve my confidence because I can work hard and not give up. I feel proud of myself for improving in lots of stuff I couldn't do before.
I feel like my handwriting has gotten a lot better since I started vision therapy. I can also read faster and remember what I am reading better. My grades have improved in this time, and I haven't had a lot of headaches. I used to mix up writing down numbers (like my calculator would say 57298 and I would write down 52798), but I don't do that anymore. I feel like I'm putting more effort into my schoolwork, and I spend more time on it. I read more often, and I have less eyestrain. I feel like I remember more things, and I rarely leave things in my locker anymore. When I first started Vision Therapy, deep down inside I felt that it wouldn't help me at all, but now that I've done it, I can see how it has changed me. I realize how I have gotten better at a lot of things in these past months.
Going into eye therapy I didn't think it would work. I figured I would struggle with my eyes forever, but that changed. There was a ton of hard work every week and it took a lot of commitment, but it was worth it. Reading for even five minutes would give me a bad headache, but I don't get that anymore. Now that I know how to use my eyes, I am able to read with less pain and for longer periods of time. I have noticed certain skills with my eyes have improved over time. I understand how to use convergence and divergence, which is a cool thing to do. Sometimes when I read, some text disappears and I couldn't do anything about it. It became extremely frustrating. Through eye therapy, I found that it is one eye suppressing so I can't see that image. I know now that I have a way to stop that from happening. I may not be the best or fastest reader in class, but I may be the most efficient. Eye therapy has overall improved my quality of life in school and I would recommend this to everybody.
Carter is our third child who has received vision therapy with Dr. Myers and his staff. Carter had many obstacles he has overcome to become an independent reader and successful student, however, with the guidance and support of his vision therapist he was able to improve his focusing and convergence, which allowed him to see and track print much more efficiently. Carter's reading accuracy, rate, and fluency have greatly improved, and he is now reading on grade level! Carter's understanding of direction and position has improved as well. His number of visual reversals has decreased and with attention given to his handwriting skills, his letter formation and spacing has improved significantly. While I am very happy with the improvements that relate to improved academic performance, what gives me the greatest joy and satisfaction as a mother is seeing my son happy again. Carter's self-esteem and self-confidence have greatly improved. I believe non of this would have been possible without the benefits he received through completing vision therapy.
Vision therapy has helped me a lot at school. I am able to read better. It used to take me a long time to read a book and I didn’t like to read at all! Now I can read a book pretty fast and it’s not so bad. School is much easier now and I have a lot of new friends this year. Writing was really hard for me before I completed therapy. It has been a lot easier to write and spell. My grates are better and school is more fun now! I’m thankful for Dr. Myers and vision therapy!
Vision therapy has helped our daughter so much. She used to dread going to school and hated reading. Since vision therapy she has started really enjoying school. Her grades are much better and she has much more confidence in herself. I have noticed that she has many more friends in school and has become more social. We are so thankful we were able to find the problem and fix it so our daughter can thrive in school and enjoy it!
I feel like I improved with not as many headaches. I don’t get carsick hardly at all anymore. I can read small print now. It seems like my depth perception has gotten better than it was. I see one of everything!! Thanks for helping with my vision. It has helped a lot.
Josiah is able to read! Before vision therapy he could only read large print with large spaces between lines. Now, he can read anything and he enjoys it too! When he reads loud it is smoother and with more expression, while before it was very choppy and monotone. Before, he frequently got headaches and easily got carsick. Both of those are gone or very rare. Before, I was scared for his future success, now he can do anything and his future success is bright!
Our son, John, did a year of vision therapy in 2014 when we lived in another state. During this first round of vision therapy he had tremendous improvements in many areas we did not expect. Before vision therapy he could not throw or catch a ball or do jumping jacks. After vision therapy he could. He had been in speech therapy for 3 years without much progress saying words clearly. After 2 months of vision therapy he began speaking more clearly and after 4 months of vision therapy he graduated from speech therapy. We never expected that benefit of vision therapy! He went from a preschool reading level to a first grade reading level. His handwriting improved some. He did not graduate from vision therapy at that time, but the doctor there recommended spending more time teaching him to read and returning for more vision therapy after a year or two if we felt he needed more. At that time we moved to Fort Wayne and after getting settled we felt he needed more vision therapy. He saw Dr. Myers for an evaluation and began therapy at Indiana Vision Development Center in February 2018.
Dr. Myers and his therapists had a much more academic program than John did previously. He was older now and this was very beneficial for him. He also was assigned more home exercises than he did before. He had integrated some of his primitive reflexes during the first round of vision therapy, but he was assigned work on two primitive reflexes this time. It took an entire year for him to fully integrate those two reflexes.
John’s grandparents that live in another state visited after John had done a few months of vision therapy. They noticed that he was reading signs as they drove around town. He had never done that before. We realized that the whole world was now open to him that previously he was not able to participate in.
The biggest milestone that I remember was the day that he read the ice cream flavors and chose what flavor he wanted. After needing someone to read choices for 12 years, he chose a flavor that I had never heard of before, just because he could. He began asking for his own menu at restaurants and choosing what he wanted to order.
The most impressive improvement was in reading. He went from a first grade reading level to a fifth grade reading level. Today he read 150 words per minute in a fifth grade reading assignment. He is currently enjoying reading a fifth grade level book that he chose.
After he was in vision therapy a few months he mention that the Sunday school teacher had asked him to read aloud during class. I knew that they had a substitute teacher that day that did not know he was not reading at grade level. I asked him what he did. He replied that of course he read what he was asked to read and only needed help with one word. I was shocked that he was able to do this. Being able to do this really improved his confidence, especially in front of his peers.
We expect graduation from vision therapy after 14 months of therapy. He only missed a couple of sessions and I don’t think we ever missed doing exercises at home 5 days a week. It was a big commitment for both John and his parents to devote so much time for therapy. In the middle of therapy we bought a house and fixed it up over a couple of months before moving in. Some of the equipment for exercises had to go back and forth between houses so that we could do exercises when we had free time at whichever house we were. Those were the craziest days of exercises, but it was all worth it.
John is planning to do basketball, tennis, and track camps this summer. We are also planning to have him take an online reading course this summer to continue his progress. I am not sure he would have the confidence to do the sports camps without vision therapy. I know he would not be enrolled in a middle school level reading course at this point without vision therapy.
We are so thankful to Dr. Myers and Becky and the other staff at Indiana Vision Development Center for all their help.