Cooper had been wearing glasses for about a year but with continuing poor spelling and comprehension and a continued lack of concentration, his parents were still concerned so they sought a second opinion from a behavioural optometry practitioner.
Cooper’s mum says, “I didn’t know anything about behavioural optometry or vision training, but as soon as he started his training course, we immediately noticed a difference”.
After a vision skills assessment, it was discovered that Cooper had various problems with focusing and eye teaming, which resulted in his inability to recognize letters and words, as well as short-term recall problems when reading.
After his initial diagnosis, his mum says, “It was great to finally have some answers to what had been going on. The best way I can describe it is that his eyes don’t talk to each other.”
So, at just age 7, Cooper underwent 16-weeks of vision therapy. By week 6 he had already gone up 6 levels in his reading. Of his difficulty in reading, Cooper himself said, “it made me feel sad because I couldn’t read my favorite books.”
Cooper’s Behavioural Optometry practitioner says, “Cooper doesn’t feel stupid any more, doesn’t feel different to his class mates, and his parents are noticing huge improvements in his performance at school generally.”
Cooper’s 16-week therapy involved not only visiting his Vision Therapist, Justine Shaw, but also practicing around 10 minutes of exercises per day at home, which he could do with his siblings.
Cooper’s final words are “I feel happy”.
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.