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Posted on 12-04-2017

Thanksgiving has just passed, and the Holidays are right around the corner.  I find myself thinking about many people that I have been fortunate enough to work with over my 20 years of providing Vision Therapy.  Whether the child is struggling in school with an uncorrected eye teaming problem, or the patient struggling to function the way they want to after a concussion, the ability to help people learn to use their visual system more efficiently is always gratifying.  I would like to use this blog to share stories of some of the people I have had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and help over the years.

The person who comes to mind today, I worked with a few years back.  She was an older woman who had “never been able to see those 3D pictures”.  She was inspired to come to us after hearing as interview on NPR with “Stereo Sue”.  She was a fascinating woman who had lived a very interesting life.  As we worked together on various activities, she was improving in all the skills, but “still wasn’t seeing any differently”.  I asked her what exactly I was expecting to see and she said that she didn’t know, but it wasn’t happening.  I encouraged her to keep on working on the various activities she was doing and assured her she was making progress. 

The next week she came in very excited and wanted to share what had happened to her.  She told me while she was taking down her laundry from the line and tossing the clothespins into the basket like she always did.  When she was finished, she noticed all the pins were in the basket!  That had never happened before!  The next day, she was trimming the branches of her palm tree, and for the first time she knew which one to trim and where the branches were in relation to each other.  She began to tear up as she told me she had never realized what the world really looked like before.

It’s the people like this lovely lady who I had the opportunity to work with that I am truly thankful for.  In future blogs I plan on sharing other stories of some of the remarkable people I have met as a Vision Therapist.

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