Vision Therapy Testimonials

December 22, 2011

"We were beyond frustrated and unable to find an explanation for the difficulty our daughter had reading. Getting through one page of a book took so long it seemed inconceivable she could be comprehending the material. It didn't make sense that she tested above level with her vocabulary words listed in columns but then was unable to read them in a sentence. She loved to read and despite the struggle it took to do so, always had her nose in a book. We knew that as she grew things would become more complicated. She was just beginning to notice her classmates moving faster than she was; would she become frustrated and refuse to try any longer? We were desperate to find an answer before her opinion of school and her study habits were cemented into place. Just think of the limitations she?d face if she wasn't able to read, understand and learn successfully. Her entire life would be impacted and her choices limited.

The school suggested reading support and we agreed. After a year and a half of daily reading support in school and practicing the skills at home, there was still no improvement. When I questioned the school about this lack of progress I was told, Oh, sometimes we have children in reading support for seven years!? Sorry, not this child. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. We agreed.

In looking for answers we stumbled across literature relating her symptoms to the muscles of the eyes. She was suffering from fatigue, difficulty concentrating or staying on task and had trouble moving her eyes smoothly. After visiting many doctors and being told she could see clearly we were lucky enough to visit Dr. Lauver at Strasburg Family Eye Care. Finally we had answers! Even better - we had options. Yes, she could see clearly, but what exactly was she seeing? We started therapy to correct the movements of her eye and after several weeks of therapy she was a changed girl! This year not only have her grades improved she enjoys going to school! She arrives home with a smile instead of exhausted and in tears. Many times she has come up to hug me and tell me how much easier it is now to read and do her math problems. It wasn't easy - the exercises made her dizzy and sometimes gave her a headache. However, we worked through it knowing that those few weeks of therapy would bring a lifetime of opportunity. This therapy has given our daughter the chance to be her very best. And after all, that's all we ever wanted."

Suzanne M. T., Strasburg, PA

December 27, 2011

"I am amazed at the change in Matthew. He is confident and able to complete his work in the same amount as his peers. He no longer complains of burning eyes, which was a daily complaint. He has seen the change too! About a month ago he said to me 'I really needed these eye exercises in 1st grade!' We are so thankful and pleased with his progress. This has changed his entire school experience. He is in 2nd grade and is doing wonderfully. Thank you!"

Nina D., Matthew's mother

My name is Jen. I am 32 years old. At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with chronic headaches by a neurologist. I have had a headache every day of my life since then. I have tried different medications over the years, but nothing has helped my headaches. I also have a tendency to get nauseated when riding in a car and running long distances.

About two years ago I started to experience double vision. My eye doctor at the time just dismissed it and said it was probably due to my eyes being slightly different prescriptions. He adjusted my prescription lenses. When that didn't help he said there was nothing he could do to correct it.

When I was first examined by Dr. Lauver he knew what was wrong right away. He explained that I had a condition called vertical heterophoria. He prescribed lenses with a prism and also six weeks of neuro-rehab. After completing the neuro-rehab and making some adjustments to my prescription lenses my double vision is almost totally corrected. I am certain that as time goes on my headaches will continue to improve. I am so happy that I found Dr. Lauver. He has drastically improved my quality of life.

Jen G.

Sage is my six and a half year old daughter. Sage was diagnosed with autism at age two. One of her symptoms of autism is struggling with sensory issues. She does not like to be in crowded places and shuts down in new places and situations. If people try and talk to Sage she typically turns her head away or looks down. She also does not like to be hugged. When Sage was three years old we were referred to a neurologist because she was falling a lot and also running into things. It was determined that it was due to her sensory issues.

In January 2013, Dr. Lauver examined Sage. He prescribed glasses with a prism and vision therapy. Sage had vision therapy for six weeks. She has made wonderful progress while wearing her glasses and doing vision therapy. When Sage first put on her glasses she was much more away of the world around her. She kept her head up and was looking around at everything. That was a big and noticeable change for Sage. She is also sometimes answering back when someone asks her a question instead of looking away or looking down. That is a huge achievement for Sage! Her clumsiness is also very much improved. She no longer runs into things and falls a lot. She is also able to complete a pattern in our family Tae Kwon Do class. We have been going to Tae Kwon Do for a year in a half. Sage was never able to complete a pattern before. Her awareness in space is so much better.

Lastly, Sage has been more open to hugging and even recently told me that she loves me! Those are words I had never heard from Sage. I can´t even begin to express how that made me feel! She just seems so much more engaged in the world around her. We are very grateful to Dr. Lauver for all of his knowledge and help! The progress Sage has made is truly amazing!

Jen G., Sage´s mother