Before vision therapy, Garrett was having problems engaging with and relating to the world around him. He had previously undergone surgery for strabismus, but it was unsuccessful. This kept him less confident about daily tasks and key relationships. Garrett had problems making friends largely because he was a very “hands-on” child. He engaged with his peers by touching them, which in fact repelled them. We understood later, from Dr. Semenza, that touch was how he was making sense of his world.
Before vision therapy, Garrett had problems playing the sports he loves. His problems with tracking, etc., directly affected his performance, confidence, and his attention span. Those things contributed to an on-going cycle that was heading toward his disinterest in sports.
Garrett’s frustration toward his vision became a cycle of frustration with our family. It exposed our inability to help him and left us all frustrated.
Vision therapy has given Garrett the confidence he needed to make improvements in his life. Vision therapy has given Garrett the skills to balance the ways in which he engages with others; he has since made many friends. He has a better understanding of “personal space” and no longer uses his hands to gain the attention of others.
In terms of sports, Garrett has excelled tremendously. He has better attention on the baseball field- which is much better for avoiding injury and he has reclaimed a love for the game.
After having vision therapy, Garrett no longer gets frustrated like he has done in the past. It has given him a life skill. He could use that skill to adapt to the world around him and empower him to manage something that he had previously thought was out of his control.
After vision therapy for Garrett, our family has come to realize vision therapy is truly not just for an individual. It has given us the confidence and the tools to avoid frustration and that feeling of being out of control.