Convergence Insufficiency Success Stories

Recent scientific research funded by the National Eye Institute and conducted at Mayo Clinic has proven that in-office vision therapy is the most effective treatment available for convergence insufficiency.

Success Stories

She was working harder than any of us every knew!

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

Success Stories

Convergence Insufficiency Was Holding Heather Back

Heather Graham’s parents came to Excel seeking answers for problems their daughter was having. She was skipping words and lines when reading and having trouble with spelling. Heather was getting hurt often from little accidents that would be attributed to being clumsy.
Heather was diagnosed with convergence insufficiency; her eyes were not working together as a team. Also, Heather’s eye muscles were not allowing her to follow text in a smooth line across the page. Vision therapy gave her the right tools to use her vision properly. We also introduced Heather to visual thinking and taught her skills that will help her retain information she learns. 
Heather in her own words.
“Have you ever been to vision therapy? I have. It was so fun and I loved it!. Here is my success story.
My first week of vision therapy was a little easy. I got better and better as I practiced my home work. A couple weeks later it got a little harder. My therapist, Jane, had faith in me and the more I practiced the better I got. By the time there were just 3 or 4 weeks of therapy left my eyes were working as a team. If you have bad eyes that don’t work together then I suggest you go to vision therapy at Excel.”
Heather’s hard work paid off. She is ready to face her school work with confidence. She now has the necessary tools to succeed in her learning adventures. If your child is struggling in school call Excel Institute. We can help!


Convergence Insufficiency Overview

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