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.
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.”
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.
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.
Diagnosis: refractive amblyope
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.
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.