This is why we do what we do!
Bella Age 8
How did vision therapy help you? -
"My eyes are way better. Reading is easier and so is writing."
What did you learn about your vision / eyes during the vision therapy program?-
"They need to be trained to listen to my brain so I can see way better."
What did you learn about yourself during vision therapy program? -
"I learned that I am very smart!"
"Before vision therapy Bella was often tearful and emotional regarding her school work. She would say she couldn't do something without trying first. She had low frustration tolerance and would get overwhelmed very easily. [After the vision therapy] she was more willing to focus on and engage in school work. She is more coordinated, less clumsy, and less car/ motion sick."
- Lindsay - Bella's Mom
"Before vision therapy, I would become easily frustrated when trying to read and would have to read information many times before I would understand it. Struggling to read made it challenging for me in school because I had to read in every subject. When my parents would encourage me to read a book I would often times become so frustrated that I would cry.
Vision therapy helped me in so many ways! I am no longer struggling to read and it has made school much easier for me. I don't have to re-read things many times anymore. Being able to read without difficulty has made me much more confident, too!"
"Before vision therapy, I would avoid reading and doing homework. When I did sit down to read it felt like nothing was sinking in. I was irritable and easily overwhelmed in crowds of people or in social settings. People would tell me things and it was like we never had the conversation. I couldn't seem to retain what they were saying. I would meet people multiple times and not remember them. It was super frustrating. Computers were the worst. I would feel nauseous if I had to spend any length of time in front of a screen.
After vision therapy with the team at Ithaca Eye Care, I have so much more energy. I don't need 10 hours to 12 hours of sleep anymore. I'm okay with 8-9. I have fewer headaches. I can focus, read and drive for long distances. My memory is also much better. I can handle computer and TV and I've gotten pretty good at a couple programming languages. My partner no longer has to do the bulk of the driving when we go on trips. I can do my part."
What was your vision therapy experience like?
"When I came for my first exam I thought, What am I doing here??...But everyone was nice to me even though I was shy.
The first day of therapy I brought my pillow for comfort! But it was fun and they give you stuff like balloons when you graduate.
My therapist helped me get much better at reading. She was really nice so don’t worry if you’re a new patient. I helped myself by working hard. But actually, it’s not that hard!"
How did vision therapy help you?
"During vision therapy I learned that I am the boss of my eyes, my eyes are not the boss of me and that reading is not hard for me anymore. I’m a pro!"
What was it like before vision therapy?
" Reading was pretty bad for me. It was hard for me to see the words."