Vision Therapy for School: Success Stories

Dr. Russel Lazarus, August 17, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children who struggled academically before completing a program of Vision Therapy.

*Names have been changed for privacy protection.

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Travis, age 9

Our first sign of Travis’ vision problem was when he started 1st grade. We thought it was just laziness on his part or perhaps a personality conflict with his teacher. To us, our only obvious solution was to step up the discipline. As time went on, the problem just got worse when more reading skills were being required at school.

When Travis started second grade, he tested 1.2 in the Accelerated Reading program (the lowest in his class). While he was still having attention and focusing problems, we started looking for another solution.

We began Vision Therapy, the exercises were taxing for Travis, along with his homework from school. It was tough, but with extra encouragement and kind help from Travis’ therapist, there were remarkable results!

Travis’ teacher at school said she had never had a student make such an improvement! The most rewarding part for us is the change in Travis’ attitude and now his enjoyment in reading. His maturity is improving, as is his self-confidence and attention span.

The time and investment has been well worth it. This is something that will last a lifetime!

Orin and Retha C., Travis’ parents


Kyle, age 10

I noticed that my son Kyle was having a reading problem in the 3rd grade. After many meetings with my son’s school, they labeled him as being immature because he cried a lot in school.

Kyle worked on homework six hours a night and it still took him hours to read a 12-page book. I realized we had a major problem! Well, at the end of third grade, Kyle’s teacher decided that fourth grade would be way too hard for him and he probably wouldn’t even pass.

Now, it was up to my husband and me to decide whether to hold Kyle back a year or get help on our own!

I made an appointment for Kyle with Dr. X and he explained that Kyle’s eyes weren’t working as a team. Finally, I felt like we had some answers on what was going on and why Kyle couldn’t read.

Kyle started Vision Therapy in June. The weekly home exercises Kyle did were fun, and I never heard him complain that he had to do them. During Vision Therapy, Dr. X also put Kyle in bi-focal glasses and he loves to wear them.

Kyle has received all A’s and B’s on his report cards. He isn’t scared to read out loud at school any more, and his teacher says he’s always willing to take on new challenges in the classroom.

The rewards for Mom? No more spending six hours on homework, no more fighting and crying during Kyle’s homework, seeing him with increased self-esteem, and making great grades in school!

I really don’t know what I would have done without Vision Therapy!

Bonnie S., Kyle’s parent


Stephanie, age 8

Before therapy, Stephanie wasn’t trying to read any challenging books or stories. She was frustrated with school reading assignments, and she wasn’t focused during reading.

Now Stephanie is reading her school assignments, such as science, history and her regular reading books. She reads a lot faster and seems to be focused on her work. Her grades have greatly improved and she is now an honor roll student. She is very proud of herself for it.

If any child I knew was having trouble like Stephanie was, I would definitely tell them about Vision Therapy. I think it has surely made a difference in her.

Kim W., Stephanie’s parent


Amber, age 11

Amber’s grades have improved two letters in math. She now enjoys reading, where before Vision Therapy she hated reading. This has been the most wonderful thing that has happened to us as parents, as well as Amber.

Amber has been out of therapy for two months now and this grading period she has achieved straight A’s! I always knew she could do the work that was presented to her in school, and since Vision Therapy, she has proven that she is an “A” student.

I have praised Vision Therapy to teachers, principals and parents.

This is a solution for visual problems that needs more attention and recognition!

Sherri A., Amber’s parent


Rachel, age 7

When my daughter Rachel started first grade, her teacher noticed that she had a lack of concentration, trouble with losing her place, and great difficulty reading. In the evening, doing homework exercises with her was almost impossible. Simple reading exercises would often take hours.

After much research into the matter, I decided to see a specialist. The doctor’s name that kept coming up time and again was that of Dr. X, a developmental optometrist.

From the very first session, I was able to see an improvement in Rachel’s concentration. Within a month, her confidence level was boosted considerably, and doing her homework exercises improved significantly.

At the end of the year not only was Rachel getting straight A’s on her report card, but she also took a liking to reading. The once unthinkable and undoable has actually become enjoyable. Rachel’s success this school year was solely due to the great work and effort of Dr. X.

We have referred numerous friends and family members to Dr. X and Vision Therapy, all having the same great results.

Rachel’s parent


Chris, age 10

Chris was struggling in school. His timed test scores were terrible. It took him too much time to complete his homework. He was miserable and difficult to live with.

I wanted him to enjoy school, not suffer for twelve to eighteen years. I was afraid that he would fail or give up. I was concerned about his self-esteem. I wanted him to enjoy reading. Having the same (or similar) vision problem, I know how hard it is to endure.

Now, after 70% of the way through Vision Therapy, Chris has had fabulous success. All of his grades have gone up at least one letter grade. He has started to like reading. His homework is getting finished in a timely manner. He is much happier and more helpful.

If I could, I would take Vision Therapy myself! I have already recommended Dr. X to several people.

I would recommend Vision Therapy to anyone with a vision problem! Dr. X and Vision Therapy have been a miracle for Chris.

Debra M., Chris’ parent

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Jeffrey, age 9

Jeffrey was having some difficulty with concentration and focus in reading. After hearing about Vision Therapy, his teacher recommended he be tested, and he indeed was a good candidate for therapy.

We’ve been working with Jeffrey and Vision Therapy for about 6 months and his ability to focus on reading has greatly improved. He’s also not experiencing the headaches that he frequently complained about before therapy. There was also a great improvement on the statewide STAR testing scores from 2nd grade to 3rd grade. His ability to concentrate and comprehend has improved.

Susan P., Jeffrey’s parent


Samantha, age 7

Since Samantha started Vision Therapy, she has wanted to pick up a book to read. She used to fight me every time reading was requested. Now, she is more confident in her reading ability, and she’s not embarrassed to read out loud to others.

The most important result is her report card. Sammy has improved in four of her subjects and is now an A/B student.

Rhoda B., Samantha’s parent


Kristy, age 10

Kristy was having problems at school with her homework and assignments. We tried private tutors, even private school, but this did not help. Someone told us to go for Vision Therapy with Dr. X. We said, “We have an academic problem not an eye problem!” How wrong we were!

To make a long story short, Kristy’s grades are three A’s, two B’s, and one C from her Special Group. She is in regular class with other students and doing very, very well.

I highly recommend Vision Therapy for other parents with the same problem, that they may not be aware of.

Isaac V., Kristy’s parent


Mitch, age 15

As someone who works in the optical field, I have always been very careful in regard to my children’s eyes and vision. Yearly eye exams were done. Glasses prescribed as necessary. My son had done O.K.(but not great) in school, didn’t mind reading, but never really excelled.

Then I brought my children to see Dr. X for their annual exam. He asked some very specific questions about school and eye symptoms. He did the routine exam but also some additional testing to see how my son’s eyes were moving, working as a team and focusing.

He found out that my son’s eyes were over-focusing when he read and recommended bifocals with a reading prescription. No one else had ever found or suggested that before.

Mitch has now made honor roll six terms in a row, (he hadn’t before) and loves to read. He reads a lot now. Most importantly, he feels better about himself and schoolwork.

M.T., Mitch’s parent


Melissa, age 11

Before Melissa started Vision Therapy, she had been an honor student since kindergarten. When she started 3rd grade, she was doing well at the beginning of the school year, but by the second semester, her grades started dropping to D’s and F’s.

After several developmental vision evaluations, Melissa’s problem was detected. Since she completed the Vision Therapy sessions, her grades are now back to A’s and B’s and she’s back on the Honor Roll. She even reads every day.

I highly recommend Vision Therapy to everyone.

Olga P., Melissa’s parent


Heather, age 13

When Heather first came here, her grades and behavior were getting bad! She was really moody about school and saying that she could not do it. But, Vision Therapy was good for her. Her grades went from D’s to the B honor roll. She now reads for fun and is a lot happier than she was!

Heather R.’s parents


Ben, age 11

Ben’s self-confidence has improved. He always enjoyed school but he doesn’t get as tired with sore eyes. His grades have also improved. He went from 10 “above averages” to 17, with no below averages.

It was well worth the time and money. The best part was that he loved going to therapy to show the therapist how much he improved.

Carol L., Ben’s parent


Ryan, age 7

We noticed Ryan’s schoolwork has improved. As long as he brings his work home his grades get better. Ryan doesn’t seem to bring his reading materials close to him while he’s reading anymore.

Therapy was fun for him. There were a lot of fun activities. He will miss therapy when he’s finished.

Linda Naundorff, Ryan’s parent


Rose, age 15

The Vision Therapy program has helped Rose tremendously with her schoolwork and attitude toward school. Her grades have improved to the point where she made it on the honor roll. This last quarter was the first time in three years that she did not have a “D” on her report card. She likes to read now, where she never did in the past.

Rose used to come home often complaining of headaches. Vision Therapy has helped to eliminate this problem.

Vision Therapy has also helped Rose with piano practice. She is able to sight read better and play the notes on the page, whereas in the past, she would sit down to learn a piece of music and I couldn’t follow where she was in the piece, because she used to play a lot of notes that weren’t there.

Brenda G., Rose’s parent


Kevin, age 16

Kevin has struggled with reading since he was in first grade. He started going to Dr. X when he was 15 years old. We had tried numerous avenues of intervention but none seemed to really work. I only wish we had started with Vision Therapy sooner.

In the 9 months of therapy Kevin’s reading comprehension improved from 5.6 grade equivalent to 9.2 grade equivalent. The school is also amazed at the increase!

Barbara O., Kevin’s parent

Can you relate to any of these stories? 

If your child is reading below their grade level, they may have a vision problem. 

LEARN MORE: Vision for School

Schedule a vision evaluation as soon as possible.

The earlier a vision problem is detected, the sooner they can begin a vision therapy program to help them gain the visual skills they need for clearer, more comfortable binocular vision— to improve their reading ability and academic success.