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Vision Therapy Success Stories

 

When patients complete their vision therapy program in Terre Haute, the changes that many experience are tremendous.  Dr. Judson has asked many of her graduates to complete success stories of their journey with vision therapy to be able to share with others the successes that are possible.  Please enjoy several of the success stories Dr. Judson has received over the years.  

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

Dr. Rutan recommended that Ben be checked out by Dr. Judson because he was having trouble reading.  The Dr. felt this was due to eye problems and that Ben was probably not seeing words correctly which caused problems when he read.  He was even having trouble with words that we knew Ben could easily read at times- familiar words.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Before therapy, it took Ben forever to do homework.  He read very slowly and had trouble pronouncing words. He is now able to complete assignments in half the time.  It is easier for him to recognize words because he sees the words as they are written.  Reading is no longer a chore.

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

Since therapy, Ben has improved his reading ability and his reading level has greatly improved.  He actually enjoys reading now.  His reading test score has greatly improved. Teachers are amazed how much his reading score improved- in fact they first thought that the test score was incorrectly posted.  The score was correct thanks to Vision Therapy. He now enjoys reading for fun and no longer dreads reading.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

Vision therapy is GREAT. What a difference it can make in a child’s life and parents lives. He does not struggle as he did before.  One can only wonder how many other children really need eye/ Vision Therapy and who struggle as Ben did.  This therapy can improve the quality of life, education, and confidence for children.

–  Written by Martina, mother of patient Ben—12 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

Well, I was having trouble reading and the school didn’t help. I tried everything, classes, more and more reading, but nothing worked. So I did the program and it helped me so much. I advise you to be willing to do this program.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

I have noticed I am a better reader, my comprehension is way better, and my grades are easier to make (B- A+).

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

I don’t get made fun of because I can’t read or I don’t fight my mom on doing my homework anymore.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

That it will change your life

                                                             –  Written by patient Jonathan—12 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

I noticed that he struggled with reading and comprehension. If it was read to him he could answer any questions; if he had to read it he had no idea.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

He enjoys reading! We don’t spend 4-5 hours on homework each night. He still makes good grades, but he isn’t exhausted when he finishes school.

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

He is happier, more confident, most importantly he doesn’t feel or say “I’m stupid” or “I can’t”

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

I tell everyone how she helped me figure out how to help my son. She is our Angel along with Christie, Mary Beth, and Danny.

–  Written by Nora, mother of patient Jonathan—12 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

ADHD

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

I saw that my grade in Math went up to an A.

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

The biggest change is that I am a lot more funny and smart

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

That you should not worry if you have ADHD because when you go to Vision Therapy you will have the best time.

                                                            –  Written by patient Skye—10 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

I was having problems in school and the PNP Center recommended that I go. I had no peripheral vision. Poor at sports.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

My grades have improved and I can judge distance better. I can drive and see more of my surroundings.

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

I have gotten better grades.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

That they should try it.

                                                            –  Written by patient Lauren—18 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

I have been struggling in school, and reading does not come easy to me.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

I have noticed that I am enjoying reading a lot more.

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

School is coming a lot easier and I am passing my AR (reading) test.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

It is hard for a while but it ends up being so easy.

                                                            –  Written by patient Jonathan—15 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson ‘s office?

Teen was bullied in junior high school resulting in low grades, low self-esteem, and eventually depression. As a result we chose and attended counseling outside the school system. During a routine eye exam (by chance) Teen was prescribed reading glasses, and Dr. Rutan referred us to the Vision Therapy program and Dr. Judson and staff. To this point in our lives, we had never heard of this therapy.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Improved grades through High School. Improved self-esteem. Teen is more responsible for self in decision-making, organization, and less a drama queen. Positive growth is overwhelming.

What would you say is the biggest change or improvement in your life since you began vision therapy?

Overall improvement is all areas as stated above. Additionally, honest communication with family and peers has resulted in a huge change to the maturity level of this Teen.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

It is a non-invasive, positive program that your child and family members will benefit from. You will see improvements and growth because the program addresses personality and learning disabilities. To provide help to our children in all areas of their lives at the youngest possible age is a must. Don’t continue searching for methods to improve your child’s behavior issues alone. The help is here.

Thank you to Dr. Rutan, Dr. Judson, and her staff members. You definitely made a difference in our Teen’s life.

–  Written by Marlene, grandmother of 16 year old girl patient

 

Our story begins when our son, Seth, was 6 years old.  During his kindergarten checkup at the family doctor, a simple eye test was performed.  Much to our surprise, Seth could not see much at all out of his left eye. I left that appointment feeling horrible that I had not known that there was a problem.  I was afraid that he would grow up and not be able to drive a car or do things that other boys would do.

An appointment was quickly made with a local optometrist.  We were told that the muscles in Seth’s eyes were lazy, and that that was the reason he couldn’t see well.  The doctor prescribed glasses and we were sent on our way.

However, a mom knows when things are not right, and I was not about to give up hope for a better answer. After Seth began wearing his glasses, he still could not see well out of that eye.  I took him back to the optometrist wanting to know when he still couldn’t see well, hoping that something more would be done.  But, basically I was made to feel that I was overly concerned and was offered no more help. 

My husband’s nephew had been in vision therapy in prior years, so we had some knowledge of this. However, his problems were different that Seth’s, so I was unsure whether therapy would be of any help to him.  After many calls and referrals, we found our way to Dr. Judson.

Dr. Judson met with Seth and performed thorough tests to determine exactly what problems were present.  She found that Seth’s eye muscles were lazy and that he had some other problems as well, but she gave us HOPE.

Vision therapy sessions were scheduled and eye exercises were done at home.  Progress was made more quickly than we thought possible.  We were so surprised and very excited.  A boy who wore glasses, and yet still could not see well out of his left eye, has now become a boy who doesn’t wear glasses at all.  His reading ability has improved as well.  My own fears have now vanished.

During the time Seth attended therapy, we decided to have our older daughter, Morgan, tested as well.  She was having trouble copying spelling words from book to paper.  She would often times read or write things in a way that made me wonder if she were dyslexic.  She hated timed reading tests and didn’t do well on the as I knew was possible.  She held her pencil incorrectly and gripped it tightly. 

After her thorough testing, I was surprised to hear that she had many visual performance issues to deal with, and, that she too, was in need of vision therapy.  It was even a bigger surprise to find out that she had been seeing double.  I had no idea.  Once therapy began, we began to see swift changes in her as well.  Her copy work improved, her reading/comprehension was better, and the double vision was gone.

Vision therapy works- it really works!  I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.  I thank God for bringing Dr. Judson along out path.

– Written by Heidi, Mother of patients Seth—6 year old boy & Morgan—9 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

The problems I was having were my eyes weren’t focusing or concentrating on what I was trying to read and all this added up to bad grades.  I also could not see the writing on the chalkboard.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Since vision therapy is over, the improvements I’ve made were my eyes could focus together like normal.  I was making excellent grades!  I could finally see the chalkboard and writing!

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

I would tell my friend or family member that they will help you succeed in what you need help in.  They will not let you fail; they’ll go until you got what you need.  I am thankful for vision therapy because they helped me through a lot!

                                                                                         – Written by patient Corrina—13 year old girl

 

In the summer of 2004, I noticed problems with my eyes.  They were tired and achy, and I would get frequent headaches.  I was due for a yearly eye exam in the fall and just thought I needed reading glasses.  The eye pain became intense and the headaches lead to migraines.  When I went for my vision screening, I was told that my eyesight was fine and there was not a need for me to have glasses.  Throughout the course of the next three months, I visited four more doctors and had numerous tests run.  With each visit I told them I felt it had something to do with my eyes, but they did not seem to listen.  Frustrated, I went back to my eye doctor.  She spent time with me and finally sound out that, although my eyesight is fine, my eyes did not work together and I had poor focusing ability.  I wore prism glasses for about eight months, but my condition worsened. On my next check-up, she told me about vision therapy and referred me to Dr. Judson.

I started working with Dr. Judson and Rhonda in November of 2006. By Christmas, I was pain free and was no longer wearing the prism glasses.  I was amazed at how quickly I saw a difference in my eyes.  I truly enjoyed the vision therapy sessions, and the at-home therapy exercises fit nicely into my daily routine.

Throughout this whole process, I have been thoroughly impressed by Dr. Judson, Rhonda, and the vision therapy.  First of all, it was a relief to finally find someone who understood what I was going through and validated the pain and difficulties I was experiencing.  Dr. Judson took the time to listen to me and answer all of my questions.  Secondly, Rhonda worked hard to make the therapy sessions fit into my schedule.  The sessions were enjoyable not like work at all.  The exercises were fun and taught me how my eyes, brain, and body all have to work together.  Finally, as a second grade teacher, I have developed a deeper understanding for the way my students learn in the classroom.  By experiencing vision therapy and attending some of Dr. Judson’s evening workshops, I gained information and insight that will help me in my classroom on a daily basis. (This is information that I never learned through undergraduate and graduate college courses and 16 years of teaching)  I now “see” some different ways that students learn.

Dr. Judson, Rhonda, and vision therapy changed my personal life by relieving me of headaches and eye discomfort, They also changed my professional life my sharing knowledge with me that will help me teach my students better.                    

–  Written by patient Debbie—39 year old female

 

I cannot believe the transformation that I have witnessed in my daughter since beginning vision therapy.  She has gone from being an extremely shy and confused child to an outgoing and intelligent young lady.  She is so much more confident and has little problem understanding grade level concepts.   She was tested upon entering first grade and received a below kindergarten result.  She is now in second grade and is testing at almost a fourth grade reading level.  I could not be more pleased with her therapist and her vision doctor.  Also, I have noticed a big difference in her eye to hand coordination.  She also gets carsickness less, and is not terrified to ride on the school bus occasionally.  My only regret with Kayln is that we would have found and Dr. Judson sooner and could have avoided ADD meds and delaying her progress.

Thanks so much,

Laurie

–  Written by Laurie, mother of patient Kayln—8 year old girl

 

 Dear Dr. Judson,

My life has changed so much since I stared vision therapy.  When I was in first grade I had problems seeing the words that I was supposed to read, and now I can see them.  I also had trouble with seeing the spaces in the books, but now I can see the spaces too.  I was also afraid to raise my hand to ask questions in first grade, and now I talk a lot in class.  I even give the answers sometimes. Before I started vision therapy I couldn’t roller skate because people were flying by me and I couldn’t see.  Now I love to roller skate and because of my vision therapy I have been able to move from learning disability classes to regular classes.  I am also getting really good at jumping rope.  Thanks for helping me to see better.

Sincerely,

Kayln

                                                                                                – Written by patient Kayln, 8 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Couldn’t understand what I read.  Couldn’t concentrate while reading.  Couldn’t pronounce words well.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

I made honor roll.  I can read in front of class easier.  I like to read.  All of the reasons I started vision therapy are better. 

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

It really does help and if you are making bad grades you should do it.  It’s fun!!

–  Written by patient Elaine—13 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Reading comprehension, poor grades, poor concentration, frustration, irritable

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

More confidence in herself, better grades (made honor roll for the first time), less frustrated with homework, better attitude in general, easier to live with

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

It works! At the beginning I was skeptical because Elaine was difficult about getting started with the home exercises and coming for weekly therapy.  Once we got past a few weeks it got better.  There has been a huge positive change in many areas of her live.

–  Written by Carol, mother of Elaine—13 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Taylor had trouble copying information from one place to another, trouble remembering his spelling words, and difficulty tracking to ball and other players on the soccer field.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Taylor has shown improvements in coordination and ability to follow the position if the ball on the soccer field.  His spelling has improved by 2 grade levels over the past year and his reading comprehension has gone from 7th grade level to 10th grade level. (Taylor is currently in 6th grade)

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

Vision therapy requires commitment on the part of the patient AND the parents.  Parents must be prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to see desired improvements.

–  Written by Micci, mother of patient Taylor—12 year old boy

 

Dear Dr. Judson, Rhonda, and staff,

            Thanks for helping Shelby with Vision Therapy. Before coming here we didn’t know we could get help with her eyesight.  We have noticed several changes with Shelby such as increased confidence, not as clumsy, and she is not writing up hill (which she used to get very frustrated with).  Her aiming abilities has increased greatly also.  Hopefully, we will see more changes as time progresses, especially with her eyesight not progressing so fast.  We can’t wait for future eye checkups to see.   Thanks for all you have done for Shelby and her family.  She said she’s going to miss coming every week!!

Sincerely,

Rosemary

–  Written by Rosemary, mother of Shelby—11 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Could not complete work at school.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Reads better, completes work at school and at home, pays more attention to details.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

I would have my child checked for vision problems before medicating them.  The problem could be fixed with a little time and help.

–  Written by Annita, mother of patient Thomas—7 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Very poor handwriting, transposition of letter and numbers, skipping small words when reading, writing and reading words backwards, refusal to read and write. I was concerned he was dyslexic.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Zach is much more willing to read and write. He writes much better.  He read a whole chapter of a 2nd grade chapter book to me.  Before VT, he would refuse to read.  He could not legibly write a full sentence. Now he can.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

I would tell anyone I knew who had a child with reading and/ or writing difficulty to have a developmental eye exam completed.

–  Written by Laurie, mother of Zachery—9 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Reading, comprehension, school performance

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Reading comprehension, behavior, school work

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

Improvements with school, behavior, better reader, hand/ eye coordination

–  Written by Teresa, mother of Alysa—10 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Ashley was having problems in reading class.  No matter how hard she studied, she was getting low grades.  Ashley has worn glasses since she was 6 years old.  However, her eyesight was never 20/20.  The best we could correct her vision was 20/40.  We took Ashley to Riley Hospital for Children.  They said there was a defect in her vision, but they did not correct it.  They did not feel the problem was big enough to cause a problem. Ashley’s grades continued to fall.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Ashley has been on A/B honor roll since staring vision therapy last summer.  She enjoys reading now and will read without parents forcing her.  Ashley has a much better comprehension rate.  Ashley also has more self-confidence in herself and her schoolwork

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

I would recommend vision therapy to anyone with reading or coordination problems.  We have referred two other families.  One has another great success story. The other is just staring therapy.

–  Written by Robert, father of patient Ashley—9 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

He was almost blind in one eye and glasses weren’t helping. He was getting worse.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

He is doing better in school and his eyesight has improved 100%.  He wants to do more as well.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

That it helped my son greatly; I just wish that I had found Dr. Judson sooner.  Well, actually she found me.  When she saw Adam she knew exactly what was wrong with him and glasses weren’t going to fix his problem. 

–  Written by Michael, father of patient Adam—13 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

She couldn’t read, she would miss words and skip around lines.  She also had a hard time seeing anything on the chalkboard in class.  He handwriting either moved uphill or downhill as she wrote down her assignments.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Roseann’s handwriting can now maintain a straight line. Her reading is improved.  She is getting closer to being able to read at her grade level.  Roseann’s grades improved from D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s in all of her subjects.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

That the amount of time my daughter has spent has been worth it.  The difference in my daughter is remarkable.  She is a totally different child.

–  Written by Roxann, mother of Roseann—11 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Jordan was having increasing trouble in the big reading subjects like science and social studies.  He said that when he read the left page, his eyes would automatically go to the right page.  It was hard to keep his place and follow.  He would skip words as well.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Jordan’s eyes no longer try to move off track to another page and reading is easier.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

I believe it helped Jordan and will continue to be a benefit throughout his schooling.

–  Written by Kari, mother of Jordan—12 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Comprehension, not interested in reading, poor grades, not eager to try to improve schoolwork because too hard.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Reading better, passed I-STEP, A/B honor roll, teachers and principal of school very happy for Abby, as well as, her mom.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

Your exams are very thorough, very pleasant office and staff.  I’ve told many people about your office and the therapy you provide.  Told a couple of optometrists about your exams and how thorough they were

–  Written by Mary, mother of patient Abby—14 year old girl

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Isaiah had very poor reading comprehension and would avoid reading.  His handwriting is nearly illegible.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Isaiah will read for fun now!  He understands what he reads and can tell you coherently what the story was about.  He has brought MANY grades up!!

–  Written by Kathryn, mother of Isaiah—12 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Very poor eyesight, problems tracking, problems reading, very high frustration level

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Thomas has less trouble tracking and reading.  He still isn’t 100%, but we have noticed improvement.  He doesn’t seem to get as frustrated as much since we started vision therapy.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

Even though it is a lot of hard work for child and parents, it is worth it.  Vision therapy is a slow process, but give it time and you will see a difference.

–  Written by Melissa, mother of Thomas—11 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

ADHD, poor work, poor reading, struggle to get him to read.

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Reading better with better comprehension and willingness.  Seems a bit calmer

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

It takes times and hard work on both parties, but all in all it’s worth it.

–  Written by Darla, grandmother of Logan—9 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Needed glasses and inconsistent in sports

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

Does way better in school and enjoys sports a lot more as well.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

It really does work.

–  Written by Michael, father of Izaiah—16 year old boy

 

What were the primary problems/reasons you/your child were having that prompted you to visit Dr. Judson‘s office?

Low grades, focusing

Please share what improvement(s) you have noticed since you began vision therapy.

His grades have gone from C’s and D’s to A’s and B’s.  He can now focus better on his work.

What would you tell a friend or family member about vision therapy?

How great it worked for us and the improvements it made for him in school.  It is also a fun way for the kids to improve their vision.  Thank you for all you did!

–  Written by Rebecca, mother of Austin Rexroth—9 year old boy