As a child, my parents noticed that my eyes would go off into the corners. A family friend suggested we try vision therapy instead of surgery. I started vision therapy when I was in 3rd grade. The vision therapist was in Pittsburgh which is an hour and a half from my home. My parents would take me as much as they could, at least twice a month. We also did exercises at home regularly. I continued to go to this doctor for eye exams and therapy sessions a few times a year.
My eyes did improve over the years from the therapy sessions but I still didn’t feel confident in controlling my eyes. So school remained difficult. I moved to Minneapolis to attend college. College was even more difficult than high school because of the large amount of study and reading, which put a lot of strain on my eyes. I was not sure if I would be able to even finish college.
I was having a lot of trouble keeping up in college so I was considering going back to vision therapy. I first went to a therapy center near my college. The center was poorly managed and I did not feel confident in their ability as therapists so I stopped attending after a few sessions. I was able to graduate college, which was a relief. I thought there was no point in trying to do vision therapy now that I was done with school and I had a bad experience. However, once being out of school I realized vision therapy would be worth another try because everyday things were also difficult due to my eyes.
I found Minnesota Vision Therapy Center where I did a program that builds on itself each week. In less than a year, I have been able to accomplish much more than I did in nearly 15 on and off years of vision therapy previously. I am able to drive more confidently, read for fun, play sports, all without getting frustrated or worn out because of my eyes. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to do the homework 5 days a week, but if you do you will see the results!