Success stories

Vision therapy success stories - Dr. M.K. Randhawa, OD

This is a small sampling of vision therapy success stories from our office.  To protect patient privacy, patient names and other identifying details have been changed and stock images have been used instead of real photographs.

Janet

Age 8

Diagnosis: Left Exotropia

Refraction: -4.25-2.00 X 007

                   -3.25-2.00 X 075

Janet has exotropia (a form of strabismus where the eye turns out) was scheduled for strabismus surgery.  However, her parents wanted to first try any non invasive options.  After a course of vision therapy her ophthalmologist's consultation letter stated that “Janet's exo deviation has been well controlled with the exercise program.  At this point I do not advise any surgical intervention.”

Radha

Age 12

Diagnosis: myopia progression

Refraction: -6.50 -1.25 X 005

                   -7.00 -1.25 X 160

Radha’s main concern was her drastically increasing myopia.  She was progressing at a rate of -1.50 diopters a year.  After a course of vision therapy her spectacles prescription has now been STABLE for the past 2 years.

James

Age 11

Diagnosis: generalized binocular  dysfunction

Refraction: +0.50-0.50 X 095

                   +0.50-0.50 X 085

James is an extremely bright young boy who came into the clinic saying “my eyes get frustrated when I read”.  This was a great observation since most children with generalized binocular dysfunction can not tell themselves that there is something wrong.  After a course of vision therapy, James has shocked his teacher by now reading ABOVE grade level.  Go to our binocular vision section to learn more about this kind of condition.

Hector

Age 9

Diagnosis: refractive amblyope
OD

Refraction: +5.25

                   +2.00

Hector had amblyopia in one eye. He presented with a best corrected visual acuity of 20/60 OD 20/20 OS.  After a course of vision therapy his refraction went down to +1.25 OD and plano OS.  His uncorrected visual acuity is now 20/20 OD and 20/20 OS.

Susan Barry

The most famous vision therapy success story is neuroscientist Dr. Susan Barry, who, through vision therapy, was able to see in three dimensions for the first time in her life at age 47. Her experience had such a profound effect on her personally and intellectually, that she wrote a book, Fixing My Gaze, about it and was the subject of an article in the New Yorker by Oliver Sacks.

Fixing My GazeStereo Sue, The New Yorker

Neuroscientist (and adult vision therapy success story) Dr. Susan Barry gives a TED Talk about depth perception and vision therapy:

Read hundreds of vision therapy success stories at visiontherapy.org by following this link: http://www.visiontherapystories.org/


Vision therapy is an effective treatment for adults with convergence insufficiency

In 2005 Scheiman et al. published a clinical trial in Optometry and Vision Science on the vision therapy treatment of convergence insufficiency in young adults ages 19-30.
  
Basically, the results were that vision therapy was an effective treatment for convergence insufficiency in this age group and that pencil push-ups were not effective.  

 

Vision therapy and adults with convegence insufficiency

"This first multicenter, randomized clinical trial of the treatment of symptomatic CI in young adults demonstrated that of the three treatment modalities, only vision therapy/orthoptics was effective in achieving normal clinical values for both the near point of convergence and positive fusional vergence. Patients in the pencil pushups group achieved normal values only for positive fusional vergence at near and patients in the placebo vision therapy/ orthoptics group did not achieve normal findings for either the near point of convergence or positive fusional vergence at near. Therefore, the effectiveness of vision therapy/orthoptics in improving the near point of convergence and positive fusional convergence values at near in adults cannot be explained on the basis of a placebo effect. Based on the results of this preliminary study, it would appear that pencil pushups, the most popular treatment for CI, is not effective for achieving clinically significant improvements in symptoms or signs associated with CI in young adults." [emphasis added]

Scheiman, et al. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Vision Therapy/ Orthoptics versus Pencil Pushups for the
Treatment of Convergence Insufficiency in Young Adults.
Optometry & Vision Science Vol. 82, No.7 583-595, 2005