Before a patient begins vision therapy in our office, they complete a Goals Sheet that helps to articulate and prioritize what issues they hope to resolve through vision therapy. Upon completion of their vision therapy program, we ask the patient to comment on how well their goals were met. These survey forms become the basis for our Success Stories.

With the family’s permission, we share these personal journeys so that other patients can benefit from these experiences and knowledge. Thankfully, the vast majority of comments are positive, but we shre everything. It is fine when a parent writes that despite making progress, there are further changes they anticipate seeing. We also follow up one year after therapy, as a patient needs time to consolidate some of the changes made before the full new skill transfer to school and outside life is complete.

Success stories are also the basis for newsletters items that we share with families who have completed vision therapy, as well as referral sources. The most powerful messages about what we accomplish come not from us, but you – our patients.


Jessica’s grades have all gone up at least one grade. She enjoys reading now and doesn’t dread it. As a matter of fact, she reads to her little sister all the time. I was a bit doubtful of Vision Therapy until I saw the change myself in her drifting eye and her schoolwork.

– Tracey Marcoux, Jessica’s Mother


I can do my schoolwork without my eye going out. I no longer see double. I don’t lose my place in reading. It is not as hard to see the blackboard.

-Jessica Marcoux


It has been a tough haul, but I did it! Now I can go back to college as a “full-time student.” That was something I thought would never happen. I am confident that I will do well. Between the eye exercises and the use of my glasses, how can I not! Also, thanks to Vision Therapy, I can resume food shopping, which is important when you take care of a household. Thank you!

-Sammy Herrmann


Adult Success Stories

Developments in video technology have made it more efficient to obtain chairside video success stories from patients. The most compelling stories are those told by patients when they are reflecting on how much has been accomplished while we are conducting vision therapy progress evaluations. These YouTube videos may also appear on our facebook page.

Strabismus has been my life-long enemy. Because of its interference during my developmental years, both physical and intellectual pursuits proved truly difficult. Sports were unwinnable. Reading and comprehension problems made intellectual pursuits improbable. This all greatly impacted my self-esteem.

It’s a brave new world for me now being able to read and write with help from those same eyes now see so often in stereo. I can read far longer without fear of headaches. Every so often, the act of reading actually pulls me into a swoon of stereo. To now be reading book after book, instead of recuperating from the headaches and eye strain caused from reading a single volume or part thereof is a godsend … As a graphic designer and computer artist, my eyes do tire when overused, yet I bounce back and my fear of headaches is slowly vanishing as I continue to trust my new eyesight.

– Greg Voth

An Angered Parent Tells It Like It Is

This YouTube video addresses the odyssey of an adult patient with strabismus

She discusses how vision therapy enabled her to continue driving, and who was never given the option of vision therapy by the many ophthalmologists she had seen.


Pediatric Success Stories

Here is a video on YouTube from the Perini Family

Here is a video on YouTube with an interview with Robby and his mom

They describe how he tried all kinds of therapies and it wasn’t until a friend of the family pointed them in the right direction that he blossomed with reading. Robby is incredibly mature and insightful

This YouTube video addresses the odyssey of an adult patient with strabismus

She discusses how vision therapy enabled her to continue driving, and who was never given the option of vision therapy by the many ophthalmologists she had seen

 

This is a particularly well done YouTube video by our colleague, Dr. John Abbondonza

He helps to explain general principles of vision therapy, and the key ingredients to success

Success stories told by our vision therapy patients.

Adoran was five years-old in the Fall of 2008 when his primary care optometric physician completed a referral form to our office. On the form, she indicated that Adoran was classified as learning disabled, and that his school indicated he had visual processing problems that might benefit from optometric vision therapy.

The Press Box, a regular feature of our newsletters, is based on the success stories told by our vision therapy patients.

Julia, one of our teenage vision therapy patients, wrote an essay so powerful that we are simply reproducing it in its entirety here.

“For as long as I can remember, school has always been a challenge for me. Although my grades prove otherwise, I’ve always had a tough time staying focused and engaged. After reading one sentence in a book, I’m ready to throw it against the wall and call it quits. In first grade, I could read at an eighth grade level, but no one understood how challenging it was for me. All my life I thought everybody felt that pain while doing close-up work. I thought it was normal for words to ‘move’ and for lines to merge together.”

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Jonathan Nitti is simply an amazing kid. He is extremely bright and out of the box, but I’d likely have to explain that expression to him. As an individual with Asperger’s he tends to be literal and not grasp metaphors easily. Through the six months that he has been in weekly office vision therapy, he has been a delight to have as a patient. His mother, Dr. Gabrielle Nitti, is one of the most outstanding optometrists I have encountered among our many sharp colleagues in New Jersey.