A Sit Down With Dr Press!

This post appears as part of a series called Sit Down – candid conversations with real people detailing their journeys and experiences with Vision Therapy - April 27, 2015

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Life is like a box of chocolates!

Alyssa's story and a box of chocolate

Dear Dr. Press and Staff, begins a letter that I received from Mrs. Mele on May 2, 2013, following Amy’s completion of optometric vision therapy. Here is the letter in its entirety.

"One of the worst feelings you can experience as a parent, is knowing that something is wrong with your child, but not knowing how to correct it. After several yearly visits to the pediatric ophthalmologist, visits to a pediatric neurologist and pediatrician, we were no closer to finding out why, in Alyssa’s words, 'when letters are put together on the board, they are jumbled'.

I decided to ask a friend, who is a speech therapist at a local school if she ever came across any student who exhibited any of the same vision issues as Alyssa. Within a day, she was able to provide me with the name of someone who might be able to assist. That name was Dr. Press.

When I called the office, and Miriam assured me that I finally had come to the right place, I cried tears of joy while on the phone with her. After a year of dead ends, I was hoping we were finally going to get some answers.

It was difficult watching Alyssa go through three one hour testing sessions. I couldn’t understand why she was having so much difficulty with some of these items that were so simple. I could see how much she was struggling though. She was exhausted after each hour session.

You can imagine my shock to learn that Alyssa has convergence insufficiency. Alyssa had surgical strabismus correction at two years of age. To look at Alyssa, her once lazy eye, was now completely straight. However, in her case, looks were deceiving. Just because her eye was now straightened, didn’t mean she was seeing correctly. We had come to learn that Alyssa had not seen correctly in 15 1/2 years. WOW, what a complete shock! How she didn’t suffer from severe headaches due to this, is beyond me. It’s a miracle that she has excelled in both the area of academics and athletics with this visual disorder.

So began the nine month journey of vision therapy. This was no easy feat. Alyssa is a 3 sport high school athlete. Due to her training, at any given time of year, she can involved in two or three sports concurrently. She also has two honors classes, and is involved in several school clubs. To say she is busy, is an understatement. Many nights after being at school since 7:30 AM, she would come home from sports practice and go directly to vision therapy. It has been a commitment on all our parts. However the end result would be well worth it. Gone would be the days of Alyssa taking 3,4, or 5 hours each night to complete her homework, because she would have to read, and re-read texts due to tracking and comprehension issues. Gone would be the anxiety she felt while completing exams, and worrying that she would not have ample time to complete them.

In addition to Alyssa reading and comprehending with much more ease, her sports performance has benefited. This past basketball season, she was the top point scorer on her team. Alyssa has shown great improvement in the area of batting during this softball season, as well.

Vision Therapy has changed Alyssa’s life.

I am so very thankful to the staff at Family Eyecare Associates. The care and attention that has been given to Alyssa has been first rate. My children have had various medical issues, so we have been involved with many different medical offices. I have never seen an office run more smoothly than Family Eyecare Associates. The staff has been very knowledgeable and helpful, especially in the area of insurance. I can’t begin to thank all of you enough.

The road was a long and sometimes bumpy one, but the end result of Alyssa achieving “normal” vision was certainly worth it! I am hopeful this will make her journey a more smooth one."

With much gratitude,

Amy Coral Mele

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VisionHelp introduces Kate Johnson's Red Flags for Primary Teachers

Red Flags for Primary Teachers

Red Flags for Primary Teachers

Come with Katie Johnson into her world and experience her class tested movement activities that can take the kids with struggles closer to success. Discover the reality of unfinished developmental patterns and how the eyes need to work in order to make sense of print on a page. After 40 years as a teacher, with 15 years of hands-on practice of these methods, Katie paints a portrait of each child s potential in this practical and easy-to-use handbook.

The VisionHelp Podcast series brings you the “3-D Connection” to better vision

The VisionHelp Podcast Program brings to our listeners the second episode featuring the topics of 3-D vision from the perspective of the American Optometric Association presented by Dr. Leonard Press, as well as from the eyes of a neuroscientist and author of the best-selling book, Fixing My Gaze - Dr. Susan Barry.

Click here to stream off the VisionHelp Podcast site (or download to your computer or handheld device as described below) and listen to this fascinating interview by our host, Charles Girard who leads this episode with Dr. Press and concludes with Dr. Barry.

Dr. Press begins with his review of the role of 3-D vision and how this quintessential product of good binocular vision has been recognized by the American Optometric Association at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago to be an important example of a good visual health. In addition to the entertainment value of 3-D movies, Dr. Press explains how 3-D technology can be used in educational presentations and even serve as a public health vision screening tool.

What better way to wrap up the discussion than by an interview with neuroscientist, Dr. Susan Barry who struggled her entire life with esotropia until she found effective treatment for her strabismus through vision therapy at age 48, ultimately developing normal binocular vision, including stereopsis...3D vision. Dr. Barry tells her fascinating story of experiencing stereovision including how she made the decision to write the book, Fixing my Gaze.

Our host, Charles Girard closes the program with a heartwarming story of success about a young child who formerly with strabismus, gained normal binocular vision, including the ability to see in 3D.

Click here to download the MP3 File. Enjoy!

Computer Eye Strain Explained (and How to Avoid It)

Ever spent more than two consecutive hours looking at a computer screen? Us too. Computers can make us more productive, but the bad news is they could also lead to something called Computer Vision Syndrome.

Read about Computer Eye Strain in its entirety.

More on the The VisionHelp Podcast

It is my pleasure to introduce the latest from VisionHelp productions…The VisionHelp Podcast Program. Our first episode in the VisionHelp Podcast series begins with an interesting introduction to the field of vision therapy presented by 3 notable experts in the specialty of optometric vision therapy, Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, Dr. Carl Hillier and Dr. Leonard Press. The VisionHelp Podcast Programis hosted by Charles Gerard who interviews the program guests and shares additional information for the listener.

Every month The VisionHelp Podcast Program series will feature 1-2 new episodes, each with a special focus on clinical areas such as Strabismus and Amblyopia, Convergence Insufficiency, Vision Related Reading Problems, Vision and Austism and much more. Each program will bring a variety of guest experts interviewed from around the US.

So, it with great pleasure to present to you Episode One of the VisionHelp Podcast, entitled: An Introduction of Visual Neuroscience and the Science of Vision Therapy. To listen to directly click on the “play button”:


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