Sarah was born with cataracts on both eyes and had surgery when she was a baby. She was also diagnosed with nystagmus, an uncontrolled rapid eye movement that often results in reduced vision. She describes her vision as poor and began wearing glasses at a very young age.
“Growing up with very thick glasses that magnified my eyes was hard in many ways. I had low self-esteem and was sensitive at first to other children staring at me. But, my family and community, back in Jordan, were wonderful.” Sarah moved to Australia last year.
She saw an OD to monitor her eye pressure and that is when she learned about vision therapy. Her doctor also suggested contacts to improve her peripheral vision. “I wear them most of the time and I feel more in control of my vision,” she said. “Vision therapy has been amazing. My goals for vision therapy are to not only improve my vision, but to also show people that asking for help does not mean you’re weak,” she said.
The case studies presented here are drawn from medical records and responses from real patients treated by qualified and experienced optometrists. The names of the people concerned have been changed to preserve privacy. The names of the optometrists providing treatment have not been included to comply with advertising guidelines.
The results shown are real, but are individual to the people concerned, and are for general information only. They should not be taken to imply or to claim that similar results will be obtained in any other case. Anyone with a vision problem is recommended to located their nearest ACBO Member and obtain a professional examination and individually considered treatment plan.