20/20 Eyesight Does Not Mean Perfect Vision

Eyesight is merely the basic ability to see; VISION is the ability to identify, comprehend, interpret and act on what is seen.  Eyesight may test normal on standard eye charts, yet visual skills may be seriously impaired.  Therefore, normal eyesight (20/20) may not produce normal vision because human vision is a complex system of many learned skills which must work together to function properly. 

What is it?

We see with our brains and our minds, not simply our eyes. Vision Therapy works by creating new pathways in the brain and is referred to as physical therapy for the eyes and the brain. Vision Therapy involves training and rehabilitating the eye-brain connections involved in vision to improve how people process or interpret visual information.

Brodie Sensory Learning and Vision Therapy is:

  • a progressive program of vision “exercises” and cognitive processessing procedures;
  • performed under doctor supervision by trained vision therapists;
  • individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient;
  •  implemented to help patients develop or improve  fundamental visual skills and increase brain processing speed and ability;
    • designed to improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency and change how a patient processes or interprets visual information.

Who is it for?

Do You Know Someone at Risk?

Brodie Sensory Learning and Vision Therapy can diagnose and treat visual problems that are many times reflected in the following behaviors:

  • Unable to sit still; cannot stay on task for any length of time;
  • Very clumsy, poor eye-hand coordination
  • Trouble reading or spelling
  • Does written work very slowly, often fails to complete tasks;
  • Has difficulty copying visual information, is constantly looking up and down;
  • Moves entire head instead of eyes when reading;
  • Has trouble sounding out words;
  • Makes frequent careless errors;
  • Is disorganized and frustrated when studying visual information;
  • Holds head very close, inclines head far to one side when reading;
  • Homework takes hours to complete.

How does Vision Therapy work?

The Vision Therapy Process at Brodie Sensory Learning and Vision Therapy

1. The Eye Exam: The vision evaluation at school or the pediatrician’s office is a valuable screening tool but is NOT an eye exam.  Brodie Sensory Learning and Vision Therapy provides a complete and comprehensive eye exam conducted by highly specialized optometrists who possess the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat vision related learning problems including:

  • Convergence Insufficiency https://www.covd.org/page/convergence?
  • Accommodative Deficiency https://www.covd.org/page/Focusing?
  • Eye Movement Deficiencies https://www.covd.org/page/symptoms?
  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) https://www.covd.org/page/Amblyopia?
  • Strabismus https://www.covd.org/page/exotropia  https://www.covd.org/page/Esotropia?

2. Additional Testing: Typically, glasses cannot treat/correct the above listed conditions and additional testing is recommended in order to develop a treatment plan.

  • Binocular Evaluation: Tests are administered to determine the severity of the above listed diagnose(s) including a Readalyzer test which detects abnormal eye movements while reading.
  • Perceptual Testing:  An extensive, 90-120 minute evaluation including the following tests: Visual  Field, Listening Profile,  Auditory/Visual Processing Ability, Visual Perception, Visual/Motor Integration, Sensory Processing, Eye/Hand Coordination, Logic, Processing Speed, Phonetic Awareness, Developmental Eye Movement Test, Reversals, Short Term Visual Memory, Working Memory, and Word Attack.

3. The Consultation: The Program Director meets with the parent(s) of the individual evaluated (or in the case of an adult, that adult patient evaluated) to go over all the results from the testing and make treatment recommendations.

4. Possible Treatment Recommendations:  Depending on diagnose(s) and results from the Perceptual Testing, several treatment options are available:

  • In-Office Vision Therapy : Two, 60 minute sessions per week in office to work on prescribed  eye exercises on a state-of- the art, Sanet Vision Integrator computer system. Specific therapy procedures completed at home the remaining five days of the week. Two follow-up visits with the doctor to assess progress. Typically completed in 8 weeks.
  • In-Office Vision Therapy:  Three, 60 minute sessions per week in office working on prescribed visual, auditory, cognitive and perceptual  exercises.  Specific procedures completed at home  the remaining  four days of the week. Two follow-up visits with the doctor to assess progress.  Typically completed in 12 weeks.
  • Sensory Learning: 12 consecutive days of in-office therapy integrating light, sound and motion and 18 consecutive days of home light therapy. Follow-up visits at days 30, 60 and 90.

Maybe it's NOT ADD or ADHD

Did you know…

  • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), published in 2013 details three types of ADHD.  These include:  mainly inattentive, mainly hyperactive and combined.
  • Some symptoms of attention deficits include:  making careless mistakes, not listening, trouble with organization, losing things, squirming in seat, non-stop talking and interrupting or intruding on others.
  • These exact same symptoms are also seen in individuals of all ages who have:  LEARNING-RELATED VISION PROBLEMS, SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER, UNDIAGNOSED ALLERGIES, FOOD SENSITIVITIES AND ALSO  NORMAL  CHILDREN UNDER AGE 7!
  • Medication is typically prescribed along with modifications and counseling. Although beneficial for some, not as much for others if the causes of the symptoms are a result of vision issues, sensory processing disorder, allergies, food sensitivities or being a normal child under age 7.

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Testimonials

My grand daughter has grown by leaps and bounds. Her teacher told us she has never in her career seen a child improve so much in her scores in such a short period of time. She is sincerely impressed with her progress. My granddaughter’s handwriting skills have improved greatly. Her tutor has stated that she also goes back into the story and confirms her answers to the questions she is asked. She seems to be more focused on her tasks although she also likes to speed up and do her work sometimes a little too quickly but that she has also improved in this area. We are very happy so far with her outcomes.

My daughter has always had a very difficult time with reading, spelling, homework and retention of anything read by herself and even if it was read to her.  She has always been below grade level for reading, to the point we did a summer reading program at BGSU so she would not be held back in second grade.  It has been a constant battle!  The improvements in her abilities to complete a reading log, not have to ask how to say words, not have to re-read a chapter over again or have me read it to her are amazing since completing vision therapy.  She understands what she reads and remembers details.  Since the start of this school year, I have hardly had to help her with her homework.  She enjoys reading and her grades have already greatly improved compared to last year!  For her, I think her self esteem is rapidly improving because for the first time, it is like it is all just clicking!  She is happy to come home and show me her grades and breeze through her homework without all the frustration.  I can tell she  is proud of herself!  I wish we would have known years ago about vision therapy.  It could have changed her view on school and reading from dreadful to enjoyable and it would have saved a lot of headaches in our house.  THIS WILL TRULY CHANGE HER PATH IN LIFE!

In the Child’s Own Words: 

I know that vision therapy help me a lot because I can read more frequently and smooth.  Also, I get better grades.  Another reason I know that it helped is because I don’t spend one hour working on homework.  I like reading more and when I read it feels like time goes by fast.  For example, I think I read for 20 minutes when actually I read for 30 to 40 minutes.  Also, I know that it helped me because when I used to read a chapter and had to write about it, I would have to re-read the chapter to know that to write about. I don’t have to do that anymore. 

The change in my son has been absolutely amazing.  He struggled so hard in school last year to barely get by.  We spent four hours per night on homework, studied nightly for a week and he still did not perform well. He hated school, hated books and we battled every time he had schoolwork or tests to study for.  After vision therapy, he is maintaining A’s and B’s, finishes his homework in 30 minutes by HIMSELF, and asks me to study with him!  I thought I was going to faint when he told me, “I love to read!” and also, I like going to school!”  I never thought my son would willingly put down the  computer mouse and pick up a book, but he did because he was “bored with his videos”!  I cannot say enough good things about this program.  His attention and attitude have greatly improved and he can stay focused to get a task completed.  Even his attitude about himself has improved and he feels like he can be the “smart kid” at school.   Thank you so much for caring about my son and spending so much time and energy on him!

In the “Smart Kid’s” Own Words:

I have noticed that school has been easier in all my classes.  I have only gotten A’s and B’s.  I love to read and before, I hated it and it was too hard.  Now school is amazing and very easy.  Everything that was hard is now very, very easy.  I even might go to advanced math and science. At the beginning of therapy, my eyes hurt but after a while, it was much easier!

 

Thank you for all your help.  The vision therapy program is intense and will take a lot of time, but it is worth it to see my daughter reading and communicating better with others and a vast improvement on the mood swings we were seeing from her (before doing Sensory Learning). 

Margie is excellent to work with and always answered my questions.  The whole office is kind and helpful.  Thank you for all your help.  I hope and pray that as we end therapy, the connections in her brain continue to grow and we see gains even after therapy.

When my daughter began Sensory Learning and Vision Therapy, she was unable to read anything without using her finger to follow along or she would lose her place.  She had difficulty remembering facts in math or what order to do an equation. Her physical problem had her leaning on everything when she stood for any amount of time.  When she walked, she could not walk straight. We would have to walk in front or behind her otherwise she bumped into us.  She also would only swing one arm when she walked.  She struggled with all school work and had a hard time not being distracted. 

Now that my daughter has completed therapy, she is able to read without having to follow along with her finger.  She’s not able to read at her grade level yet, but that has more to do with her learning disability than the convergence problem Dr. Brodie found.  With the visualization taught in vision therapy, she is now able to see a math fact, take a visual picture and remember it.  After Sensory Learning, she no longer weaved back and forth while walking and began swinging both arms naturally.  She is now trying to read signs on buses or anything else she can when we are out in public.  She is excited to try to read any book she finds that looks interesting.  She still guesses what a word she doesn’t know by looking at the first letter, but with the work in vision therapy, she is now able to slow down, go back and sound it out without complete frustration and constantly saying, “I quit” or “I can’t”.  She can still be distracted from her schoolwork, but she is easily refocused without temper  is tantrums or lots of tears! She is working hard to find ways to make school more enjoyable.  The help of Margie and everyone at Brodie Optometry a reality for her! 

 

This program is amazing! If anyone questions will it help my child? Is it worth the money an time? My answer would be, hands down, over and over again, “Yes!”  It’s worth every sacrifice to allow your child to participate. 

When we originally started, my husband and I were talking about not  moving our 1st grader onto 2nd grade because she was struggling with basic sight words and reading just wasn’t coming easy for her.  It was like something just wasn’t clicking in her head.  How could we move her forward when we would be setting her up for failure? Even when we were 6 weeks into vision therapy, we weren’t seeing the results we were hoping for. Then one day during week 7, something clicked in her head and she got it!! She finally was able to do the things that were being asked of her.

We noticed an improvement in school. She is doing better with her math facts and reading is becoming easier. She is trying to read everything she can and enjoys it. There is a night and day difference from where we started at the beginning of the s school year and I’m happy that she gets to move on to 2nd grade! We are so extremely grateful for everything this program has done for her.

Words from the child:  “Everything helped me a lot!  I liked jumping on the trampoline. I like to work with Miss Margie.”

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  • Dr McKinch was great!! The staff was extremely helpful in picking out my new glasses! Wonderful experience overall!!

    ~ Terri Kosek Himmel
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    ~ Kitty Kovalik
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    ~ Emily Eldred
  • Dr Brodie is the ultimate, he allows me to relax and sit back while he sees the issue and addresses it with ideas and solutions no other Dr has offered. Great guy too! Rachel is the very BEST….she will help you find YOUR perfect pair to fit your style.

     

    ~ Ami Lynn
  • The staff is friendly the eye exam is very detailed. Wait time the last few times I have been there has been a bit long, but that’s what happens when you are waiting for a good eye exam. I have been to other places and they have been awful mostly in the box stores. Literally 5 minute eye exams in and out.

     

    ~ Michael J. Roe
  • Dr Brodie is the best. He has all of the special equipment to make evaluations and treat his patients His staff is knowledgeable, considerate and friendly. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you very much for taking good care of Deb and I we appreciate you very much.

     

    ~ Louise Vinciguerra Jacobs Parmer
  • Very professional, very clean, great aesthetic, friendly, and concise! They were very busy, but had people moving along. I had to exercise a little patience, unlike most people being capable of such a discipline anymore…

    I attribute the wait to a business that is known for doing good business – treating people right, doing their job right, and maintaining their status in their industry.

    Brodie Optometry is excellent.

     

    ~ Dave Hintz
  • Starting this (Sensory Learning Program) I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. To me “J” never had a big disability or problem, but something just wasn’t right and we never knew what it was. His eyes have made great improvements with tracking and he tells us how much easier it is for him to sound out words and blend them together. We notice little changes but more important, how he feels has made it all worth it! That he feels different and better makes my heart happy! 

    ~ J's Mom
  • I was having a hard time wearing glasses while playing baseball. Dr. Brodie fit me with contacts and now I am hitting the ball out of the park. Thanks Dr. Brodie!

    ~ Colin
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