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Specialized Learning-Related Vision Screening at Excel Institute of Shelby

Danna Haba, OD, FCOVD

Danna Haba, OD, FCOVD

Call to schedule 586-731-9725 (No walk-ins)

ImageChildIt is difficult to watch your child struggle in school and even more difficult not knowing why. We may have the answer…

Good vision is a key. It is estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes.

Clear eyesight is not all that is required for close vision tasks. Children must have a variety of scanning, focusing and visual coordination skills for learning and for getting meaning from reading. If these visual skills have not been developed, or are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful.

Undetected vision problems put limits on the lives of tens of millions of both young people and adults. If your child, or a child you know is having problems at school, or if they answer yes to several of the questions below, our screening will detect whether vision may be part of the problem.

If a person you’re concerned about answers yes to more than one or two of these questions, a vision problem is likely to be present.  

  • Skips words, re-reads the same line, misses small words
  • Takes hours to do homework that should take only a short time
  • Must read and re-read to gain meaning from what’s being read
  • Dislikes or avoids reading work, but does better with math
  • Gets headaches or eyestrain after reading or doing other near work
  • Squints or leans in toward reading material, or has trouble reading the white board
  • Hates to read but loves being read to
  • Has fallen more than 2 years behind class level in reading
  • Covers one eye while reading
  • Frequent letter reversals after second grade
  • Misbehaves, is moody or exhibits class clown behavior to distract attention from problems, often starting by grade 3
  • Learns by listening (auditory) or by doing rather than by reading 

This screening is performed at the doctor’s office. You must call in advance to reserve time for your specialized screening. This is not a full vision evaluation and tests will be done by a vision therapist. Any problem found during this screening may point to the presence of a vision problem, but an actual diagnosis requires more extensive testing by a Behaviorial Optometrist.

Call today: 586-731-9725


Guest Speaker at Brain Injury Association of Michigan

Dr. Danna Haba, OD, FCOVD to Speak at Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s Annual Conference

Dr. Haba is a featured speaker at the largest brain injury conference in the nation with 135+ exhibitors and 1,400 attendees. As an attendee you will learn of “state-of-the art information about brain injury treatment and therapies, which will foster maximal rehabilitation and a good quality of life. This conference is designed to benefit persons engaged in therapies with persons recovering from injury as well as caregivers and persons with brain injury.”

The topic of her lecture is “Vision Rehabilitation: Post Trauma Vision Syndrome & Visual Midline Shift Syndrome.” Dr. Haba will be lecturing on Friday, September 28, 10:30 am.

Dr. Haba’s years of experience treating brain injury patients has proven that great strides can be made with vision therapy. Her ease in sharing her knowledge with an audience will make this a lecture you will be glad to have attended.
Go to this website to register:

Vision Therapy Channel 4 News

Dramatic Jump in I.Q. After Vision Therapy

Dear Dr. Haba, Enclosed please find the results for Brandon’s testing completed yesterday. I was aware things were going better, but nothing prepared me for the shock I received. Please sit down. Brandon’s I.Q. has jumped again. Depending on which test, between 30 and 40 points in the last year. If you will remember, his I.Q. when I came to you was considered borderline. He is now in the superior to very superior range. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom that asserts I.Q. is stagnant and cannot be changed. At Christmas time something snapped for him. His attention span was better and things were easier. After all the therapies, money, and time spent, it is so worth it. He is so worth it. It has been a journey, not always easy; sacrifices have been made. Thank you for opening your doors (and keeping them open) and offering your guidance, support and wisdom through this. He will go to college in a few years, something only dreamed of before. The course of his life has been changed; we may have lost him on his prior course.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely, DeEtte Myers

Dad Sees Great Improvement in Son’s School Work

Wesley was really struggling in school. He’s a bright boy, but was having trouble with reading, writing and spelling. Because he was not succeeding in these subject areas, he avoided them, which his teacher interpreted to be an attention problem. The school principal was urging me to have him tested by a doctor for ADD, with the end goal being medication. Fortunately for us, another administrator in our district was familiar with vision therapy, and referred us to Dr. Haba at Excel Institute.