Vision Therapy Helps Struggling Student
By: Cassie Willis, Reporter
Cedar Rapids - Logan Tichy doesn't see double anymore. He doesn't get headaches when he reads anymore and the 12-year-old Marion student doesn't struggle in school anymore either.
Logan says, "It just got confusing because you see double and then like say it's 17 times three. I thought it was like 17 times three times three."
Logan struggled for years until he was finally diagnosed with a visual perception problem. Dr. Kara Heying says the connection between his brain and his eyes hadn't developed yet. Dr. Heying says, "The symptoms are similar to symptoms that we see in other things that maybe are more commonly known, like ADHD, like learning disabilities, like dyslexia, and we might assume this is what's going on but indeed it might just be a simple visual problem that can be treated."
Dr. Heying says about 5% of students have this vision function problem. Symptoms include headaches at the end of the day, losing your place when reading, writing reversals and sloppy handwriting. The doctor uses special Vision Therapy techniques to retrain the eyes.
After four months of therapy, this sixth grader is reading at a tenth grade level. He says, "It's a lot easier to actually do math. I'm getting better grades in school."
Logan's mother, Tracy, is pleased, too. She says, "Now he's a new boy. He just has so much more confidence in himself, that it's neat."
Visual Perception problems can also affect adults.
Drs. Hill, Heying & Heying, Alliant Tower, Suite 105, 200 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, 319-366-4455
P.A.V.E. (Parents Active for Vision Education) Iowa Chapter, Angela Bindner (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Teri Skoog (email@example.com)
SYMPTOMS: According to the Optometric Extension Program, symptoms of a Visual Perception Problem include headaches, double vision, suppression (brain ignores one eye), poor or erratic performance and discomfort or fatigue.
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