Success Stories

For some people, difficulties in reading, writing or learning are actually the result of a hidden vision problem. Using vision therapy to treat these problems, we help patients to improve eye movement and focusing skills, eye-hand coordination, convergence, visual memory skills, as well as other areas of their vision, for a more enjoyable and successful learning experience.

Dominic Stopped Saying, “I Can’t Read.”

We first met Dr. Haba when Dominic was in the second half of 1st grade. Dominic was reading at level 4 while his class was reading at level 12, on average. This fall, Dominic has started the 3rd grade, reading at level 22 (on level with his class). What’s amazing to me, though, is that Dominic stopped saying, “I can’t read,” sometime this summer, and he started saying, “This is so easy.” He read aloud, to his sister, for 30 minutes the other day… not by request, but by his own choice!

If it weren’t for Dr. Haba, Sandy, Jen, the teachers at Morgan Elementary, and Dr. Evanski (for the referral), I know that we would not be in a good place now. If you don’t want your child on medication despite the forceful recommendations, if you don’t believe your child is the one causing problems despite being labeled a trouble-maker, if you don’t understand the crying and frustration over homework when your child is so intelligent, then you need to see Dr. Haba. By the way, Dominic is on “green”, for behavior and listening to directions, every day. ; ) You guys are awesome!

Sophia’s Successful Vision Therapy

Our daughter, Sophia, loves animals and wants to become a veterinarian when she grows up. She has always been a quick learner and eager to try new experiences since the time she started to walk.

We were shocked when she reached second grade and her teacher called us in for a conference. She said Sophia was very smart, but she lacked focus during her work and was lazy. Her tests and work results were not consistent. The teacher felt this was her personality and not a learning issue.

In third grade, we became very frustrated with her academic performance. She would study hard and then make “careless” mistakes. She was constantly forgetting her homework or glasses at home or school. Our child, who had always loved going to school, was developing panic attacks and not wanting to go to school anymore. I asked her teacher if she thought Sophia could have a learning problem. Her teacher assured me that Sophia was just not taking her studies seriously and needed time to mature.

My husband and I felt strongly that something was wrong. We decided we would take her for her annual eye exam and if nothing was wrong, we would get her tested for learning issues at the local university.

Luckily, Dr. Haba is such an amazing and thorough doctor! She noticed Sophia’s eyes darted and did not track correctly during the exam. I think everyone in the office thought I was crazy when I exclaimed how happy I was that she had found a problem!

Sophia was then tested at Excel to determine if she needed vision therapy. The testing revealed Sophia had several issues. Her poor eyes would dart so wildly when she read a paragraph that at the end she was both fatigued and confused about what she had just read. Her eyes were moving double the amount of times they should have on that one paragraph. She was NOT lazy! In fact she was working harder than any of us ever knew!

I cried after reviewing her test results knowing how easily this could and would have been missed. She could have continued having problems in school, getting poor grades and been labeled lazy.

After 32 sessions with Ms. Jane, Sophia is now happy to go to school, eager to learn, and earns A’s & B’s! Without vision therapy I know she would never have been able to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Excel, Dr. Haba, and Ms. Jane have changed Sophia’s life. They have allowed her the chance to become the best she can be in whatever she chooses to pursue in life. Thank you for giving Sophia back her dreams!.

Very gratefully yours,
Stephanie and Ron Bellisario

Vision Therapy Was The Right Choice

Andrew was having difficulty reading as well as being able to write numbers and letters. At the start of first grade he was at the bottom of the class in reading and writing. However, he had been tested and his IQ was shown to be 130. He is a very creative child and his fine motor skills were better than average. Andrew was having trouble listening and moving at the same time. As a result, he was always bumping into things or getting hurt.

After thirty weeks of vision therapy he is at second grade reading level and loves to read. He rarely bumps into things and is less frustrated. His teacher at school called his progress wonderful. She said, “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!” The school’s occupational therapist said that vision therapy was the right thing for Andrew when we first started, and she was right. We are very pleased with the results and I think Andrew is too.

Mrs. Kathleen Hehn

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.

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.


DeEtte Myers

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