When Christy, my vision therapist, first asked me if I would write a testimonial, I remembered how reading about the other patient’s success made me feel more comfortable about starting the process and I readily agreed. But as I sat down to put words to paper, I faced two challenges – first, how to adequately describe how vision therapy completely, utterly and absolutely changed my entire life, and second, how to do it without writing a novel! I tried and gave up a few times and then decided to wait a while to adjust to my new reality.
So here I am, a few months out from my “graduation”, still completely amazed at the difference vision therapy has made to my whole life. I started vision therapy in my fifties because I had developed double vision that was making it difficult to drive and work. I started with the hope that my double vision would not get any worse – I finished with vision better than anything I had ever known and beyond anything I could have even imagined! Simple, almost effortless vision! Bright, sharp, 3D vision!
Everything became so much easier, driving, working, watching TV, reading, going up and down stairs. My balance has improved, my motion sickness is gone. My depth perception is so much better and I don’t run into door jambs like I used to and night driving, which use to terrify me, is now no problem.
Vision therapy has opened up my whole world, seeing in 3D, for me, is an over whelming experience, still, and I hope it always is. I had no idea what I was missing and I feel blessed that I discovered it later in life and can experience the full wonder that others consider “every day”.
Therapy was hard work but Christy made it so much fun! I am so happy that I found this program and I would highly recommend it. If you put in the work, it will work for you!
Aidan St. Pierre
Vision Therapy made my life easier. It made me feel special. I was treated nicely and fairly. It had stuff that I really liked, like Nerf guns, chalk, a trampoline, and all sorts of stuff. I made new friends, like Christy, Adam and Dr. Wareham.
I got more into reading because now it is easier for me. It helped me be a better writer. I can write smaller and a little neater. It made my vision strong. I can focus on things better. I really liked it.
My son, Aiden, had trouble in school. He told me that when he read, the words were jumbled. We went to our eye doctor but he said all was fine and nothing notable for vision was discovered. It was only through the psycho-ed assessment that it was suggested he had Irlin’s and dyslexia. When we chatted with friends, they had taken their son to Dr. Wareham to relax his eyes so that he could focus on the words.
We went to the appointment and set up a schedule of vision therapy through Pupils Vision Development and Rehabilitation. We live in a rural area - not within driving distance to therapy. Pupils Vision was able to allow my son to take vision therapy via Skype.
He was able to get his eye tracking fixed, learn to converge and diverge and to make himself boss of his eyes. He was able to get rid of the colored paper, the colored overlay and, possibly, within 2 years discard glasses. Other things that have been helped through the vision therapy include:
Aiden’s skating and hockey skills improved greatly according to his coach. He no longer has “crazy legs” when skating.
He can catch a ball better and has more confidence in different sports and activities.
He doesn’t bump into as many things nor does he stub his toes as much.
His printing is legible and the correct sizing for his grade level.
Aiden has gained more confidence in his ability to do his school work.
From here, I am hoping he can excel in school this year.
Celeste and Aiden
When our daughter Eriann was in grade one we started to notice her difficulty in learning how to read, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. We could see the effort she was making and her eagerness to learn, however, for a reason that we couldn’t explain she wasn’t learning to read. She finished grade one at a reading level at half a grade behind, something that was concerning for us as her parents but not something the school thought required additional help or testing. She had regular eye checkups with our optometrist which is why we didn’t think it was an issue with her eyes at first. However, grasping at finding a solution, we asked our optometrist to request additional testing that may explain what was happening.
We were very fortunate to be recommended to see Dr. Wareham, as he was able to diagnose her with accommodation infacility, something that was able to be corrected with glasses and also treated with vision therapy. Words can’t explain how comforting it was to have an explanation and best of all, a solution!
Eriann started wearing glasses in grade two and we saw immediate improvements which was a huge relief. Eriann also started vision therapy from home through skype. She enjoyed vision therapy very much and always looked forward to her weekly sessions with Christy. She had fun completing her daily tasks and she learned how to control focusing her eyes and no longer requires glasses. Eriann is now at her grade level for reading and has an increased level of confidence at school and with trying new things.
In her words “I now love to read”. I am so very grateful to Dr. Wareham and Christy for their support and care of Eriann.
Shane and Michelle
I suffered injuries in a car accident and was not able to get any help from my confusing vision symptoms until I was referred to Dr. Wareham, and the vision therapy program.
While I still continue to have some visual symptoms, the vision therapy has allowed me to have much better control over my eyes and my quality of life has improved as a result. I can now tolerate being in a moving vehicle with less symptoms and anxiety, I am able to shop for items in a store with less fatigue and often do not have to cover my eyes while I am near the flashing lights of emergency vehicles. I have less headaches with near work, dizziness and balance have improved, walking is easier now too. One of the most satisfying achievements in therapy was relearning how to catch and throw a ball - a skill that I could never have imagined I would have to relearn as an adult!
Vision therapy is hard work, it increases your symptoms and requires discipline and drive to complete the daily homework but the outcome is worth the effort for the reward of being able to see!
Thanks to Dr. Wareham, Marjorie and his team for helping me to regain my vision and ability to see.
Graduation September 2015
We are so grateful for the care that Dr. Wareham and Amanda provided for our son. He was in grade 2 and barely knew his letters and certainly could not read. He started to become a behavior problem in school, and at home, due to sheer frustration. We had already employed a specialized tutor but that just added to his frustration. When I reached out to the school Resource Teacher she asked if we would be willing to take him for a Vision Assessment. I explained that I had taken him to the optometrist three years in a row, every year being told that he had 20-20 eyesight. She told me that vision is more than just 20-20 eyesight--that it involves how the musculature of the eye works and how the two eyes operate together. So, we made an appointment. I was so impressed with the thoroughness of the examination by Dr. Wareham, how calm he was, and how well he interacted with my busy 6-year-old. He even got down on the ground with him, crawling around and down on his belly to test my son's primitive reflexes. Who knew these could impact his vision? Not me.
Immediately after the exam, Dr. Wareham provided a thorough explanation of his findings and his recommended plan of treatment, including six months of vision therapy. This is a big commitment, especially for people like us who do not live in the city. We began our vision therapy with Amanda and had regular exercises to be done at home. By working with your child at home it is easy to distinguish where their weaknesses are, and it is also very exciting to see their improvement over time. At the beginning my son could barely track well enough to read six letters divided over two different lines. Six months later he could breeze through twelve lines of 8 letters like it was second nature and with a "why are you bothering me with this easy stuff" attitude. At the end of year BBQ at his school, his teacher came to me to tell me that he had gone up 13 reading levels over the school year and that she was so shocked she had to go back to her original records to ensure she had not made an error. My son now reads for pleasure at a much higher reading level than expected for a Grade 3. We had to take away his book during his birthday party so he would interact with his guests! This is just remarkable for a parent who once despaired about the very difficult path her son was on. Dr. Wareham's Vision Therapy program has saved him as far as I am concerned, and given him the most wonderful gift of reading with ease. The world is now his oyster. I am so filled with gratitude.
I was in a car crash on the 401 over 3.5 years ago. Finally, 8 months after the crash, I was diagnosed with a concussion- mild traumatic brain injury. Since that accident I have struggled with balance, dizziness, memory, and cognition issues, plus other concussion symptoms.
I heard Dr. Wareham speak at a Brain Injury Conference a year after my diagnosis. I subsequently had the neuro-optometric visual testing done. The results were that my eyes were significantly “out of alignment”. One eye deviated up and the other went down. One eye also went in and one out.
I started the realignment process with prism lenses. A year later I was able to begin my course of vision therapy. My program was tailored to my specific needs and interests. When I wasn’t able to tolerate one exercise, my therapist substituted another, which would target the same goal. My therapist, Adam, and the other staff were always positive, encouraging, understanding, kind, and supportive.
I found out I was so far out of whack that I couldn’t bounce a ball and catch it from the side. At first, I couldn’t even TOUCH the ball! Quite a shock for this formerly very athletic & coordinated person. With practice, I was able to do this seemingly simple task. Then Adam amped up the difficulty, bouncing right hand to left hand, left to right, I even used 2 balls. He also tried me on a balance board. Over 4 weeks of practicing, I was able to stand on it with a narrow base and read complex charts; even bounce a ball off the wall and catch it. Progress!
After working hard on my program and completing the 41 weeks, my eyes are now very close to being straight. A month after graduating, I notice I am a little better and able to tolerate some activities which had previously triggered my symptoms and my feeling unwell.
Perhaps since it took over 3-5 years before my eyes got back on track, it will simply take time for my brain to adjust to this new normal. I remain hopeful for continuing improvements.
I am grateful that this type of treatment is available here, and for Dr. Wareham and his team’s expertise, commitment and professionalism.
I suffered a sport-related concussion in 2013. After 3 years of trying other therapies and still having daily symptoms (including headaches, light sensitivity, and dizziness), my specialist referred me to Pupils Vision Therapy and Dr. Wareham. From my first visit, it was clear that he and his staff have extensive experience with concussion patients, including long-term sufferers like me. He understood when I tried to explain my sometimes difficult to explain symptoms and was very kind and patient with me. After a few visits and tries with prescription glasses without as significant an improvement as desired, he recommended vision therapy. I did my therapy through Skype with Christy.
She was amazing. I felt comfortable with her from our first session, and found myself looking forward to our weekly sessions. She is incredibly kind, knowledgeable and motivating. She understands that some of the exercises and tasks she asks of her patients are difficult, but always acknowledges the challenge and is very encouraging. Christy celebrated milestones in my treatment with me (like when I could read an entire Hart chart for the first time!) no matter how small they seemed. With her help, I graduated from the program with not only better eye function, but a better quality of life. I am very grateful for the empathy and treatment I received from Pupils Vision Therapy. I would recommend them to everyone.