Poor Binocular Coordination Success Stories

Our eyes are meant to work together, as a team. This is binocular vision. When binocular vision fails, performance may suffer in reading, sports, driving, depth perception, eye contact and other areas of life as well. Vision therapy provides patients with relief for this problem by helping to develop normal coordination and teamwork of the eyes.

Do your eyes work well as a team? Try these simple tests to find out.

The Eye Hop

This test helps to demonstrate the different angles of view of both eyes, will allowing you to determine whether your eyes see equally well. Try it here.

The Framing Game

In order to see 3D, your brain needs visual information from both eyes. If the view from one eye differs too much from the other, the two cannot be combined and the brain is forced to choose between them. By suppressing or turning off the visual information it cannot use, the brain rejects all or part of the information received from one eye. Playing this game will let you know if both of your eyes are turned on at the same time. Try it here.


Success Stories

Presley Achieves Success With Vision Therapy

Presley was diagnosed with Duane’s Syndrome, a condition that will not allow the eye to move outward. This condition can force the patient to move her head to see since the eyes will not turn outward. Other symptoms can include closing one eye to see properly, double vision, headaches, difficulty seeing objects on the side with the affected eye. Presley also had vertical eye misalignment. Eye misalignment can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, unsteadiness, drifting while walking, poor coordination, poor depth perception, head tilt, double vision, shadowed/overlapping vision and difficulty with reading & comprehension. Though Presley did not exhibit all of the above symptoms, her diagnosis warranted vision therapy to correct her vision.

After being properly diagnosed at Excel Institute, Presley’s mother and father were dedicated to bring her to vision therapy every week until she could use her eyes properly.

As a result of vision therapy, Presley’s mother reports that Presley is more aware of her surroundings and is better at self-direction. She likes school better and places a higher value on reading since her reading speed and comprehension have increased. Leisure reading is a common occurrence and has stretched into longer time spans. Homework is and studying is easier since Presley can understand what she reads in the text books. Vision therapy has helped to improve Presley’s handwriting as well.

All of these improvements are fantastic, however, the good news does not stop here. Her mother says she sees improvement in Presley’s posture and balance. Rhythm and timing is also better; Presley is less clumsy and more coordinated. A vision problem can actually make a child seem clumsy and awkward. Once their vision is corrected they are able to determine where objects are in time and space. This helps them with overall coordination and sports.

Presley’s positive gains from vision therapy will propel her onto further success in school and life. Wonderful work Presley! You completed your home therapy each week and now you and your whole family can enjoy the wonderful results they see in you. We are so happy for you!

Improvements for College Student in Reading and Homework

I am writing to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Excel Eye Institute. Before I started the program I would dread doing homework. I would never read for fun. On rare occasions when I would read for long periods of time, I would experience dizziness or a tired feeling behind my eyes.

When I came to Excel, they diagnosed my eyes as not working together as a team. As I would start to read a line of text, my eyes would jump back and forth constantly. Due to my eyes jumping back and forth so much, it lowered my comprehension level quite a bit.

When I started the program I was a 23 year old college student. I worked with my therapist, Jennifer, twice a week for six months. We started the program with “Movement” or balance work. Then we went on to the “Ocular Motor” phase.

The end results speak for themselves. First of all, I’ve never read for fun. Now I buy books and I read everyday! Secondly, I can do all of my homework and breeze through all my textbooks with no problems. I’ve also improved my GPA over the summer.

Thank you for everything,

Ryan N. Boes

Great Experience at Excel and Improvements in Classwork

“My name is Carolyn Andre. I attended Excel Institute in 2005. Let me just say that it was not only an excellent experience then, but it has also helped me now and I’m sure it will continue to in the future.

I wasn’t doing well in school, it was never my thing. I started to get bad grades, so my mother took me to Excel. Right away they diagnosed my problem; my eyes did not work together. It made reading hard because one eye would read faster than the other.

They got to work helping me. The work wasn’t hard; it was fun. I learned all my presidents in order just from looking at a few pictures. I amazed people when I would just start naming them off because at the time I was only 10! The therapists at Excel did a lot of cool stuff with me. If I wouldn’t have gone to Excel then I would never have gotten into the high school varsity choir, because it would have been hard for me to read music.

Before Excel, I almost gave up. My classes now are hard but rewarding and I get good grades in them! You may think Excel won’t help your child. That’s how I felt too at one time, but if you just imagine your child’s future, you’ll see how rewarding Excel can be!

I am proud to say that I am now a strong, smart, friendly, wonderful 15 year old girl, who would be in deep trouble if it wasn’t for Excel.”

Carolyn recently participated in Miss Teen Detroit Pageant. Excel Institute was proud to be one of her sponsors. She has blossomed into a beautiful, talented young lady. Dr Haba and the staff at Excel are proud to have played a role in her life. We know Carolyn has many more years of success ahead of her.


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