Patient Stories

Important Notice
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 locate their nearest ACBO Member and obtain a professional examination and individually-considered treatment plan.


Little Andrew twice underwent surgery to correct a condition called eye squint, where the eyes look in different directions: first as a 16-month-old baby and again at the age of seven.

Specialists told Andrew’s parents that nothing further could be done to improve their son’s vision.  He lacked binocular (or 3D) vision, where the eyes work together to create a visual field. This meant it was unlikely that Andrew would ever be able to throw or catch a ball, or be a pilot. 

After extensively researching Behavioural Optometry and in particular vison therapy, Andrews’s parents decided to see if it could help to improve Andrew’s vision.

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At 10 years of age, Thomas had already visited a general optometrist and had been wearing glasses since the age of 3. With each year that passed, one of Thomas’ eyes became progressively worse and he was close to becoming completely shortsighted.

Thomas’ mum says, “Each time we went to the optometrist, his script kept changing and the prescription kept getting stronger. I was worried that there was nothing we could do to stop his eye from becoming worse”.

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At nearly 9 years old, Sophie had already developed a substantial list of vision concerns. After finding out about Sophie’s focusing and eye teaming problems, her parents sought the help of a Behavioural Optometrist. After a functional vision skills assessment, it was found that Sophie had a combination of functional and perceptual vision difficulties.

Although she is an intelligent girl, Sophie was performing well below her potential, which upset her as she couldn’t keep up with her classmates. Sophie also suffered frequent headaches, sore eyes, motion sickness and lack of concentration.

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After wearing glasses for many years and seeing no improvement, Jade’s parents sought advice from an educational psychologist who suggested they should further investigate her vision issues. This is when Jade’s parents decided to seek the help of a Behavioural Optometrist.

Jade’s mum says, “I didn’t know what to expect when going into Behavioural Optometry. I think it really helps to be open minded about the process and give it a go”.

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After Chloe’s teacher noticed that she was finding schoolwork difficult and wasn’t performing to her potential, she decided to refer Chloe’s parents to a Behavioural Optometrist.  After a functional vision skills assessment, it was found that 7-year old Chloe had adequate sight, but extremely poor focusing skills. Chloe found writing very hard, occasionally wrote words backwards, needed her finger to keep her place when reading, and had poor concentration and spelling skills.

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At 8-years old, Charlotte was struggling at school and didn’t understand why she was finding it so difficult. With poor reading and concentration skills, her concerned parents sought the help of a Behavioural Optometrist.

After a functional vision skills assessment, it was found that Charlotte had a combination of functional and perceptual vision difficulties. Although she is a bright girl, her reading age was a year behind, her concentration span was less than 1 minute and she had sore eyes while reading.

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As an Analyst Programmer my eyes are exposed to long hours of computer work, and sometimes I used to struggle a lot to get all my tasks completed. (I couldn't see - even with glasses, after a long day’s work.) I asked for help in many eye clinics and met long list of eye specialist, and used to get always the same advice - to change my profession.

First time ever, the hope has been given by you guys, so I thought that would be nice to say big thank you and also explain what has been improved in my case after 3 blocks (6 months) of eye exercises.

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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”.

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