Kelly - Age 11 - "They Are Wrong - I Can't See Right" - Eye Coordination Problem

This is a quote from Kelly, a bright and popular 11-year old.

Kelly’s mom reported that for the past number of years, Kelly had complained of poor/blurred vision and headaches.

Kelly was having difficulty in school with low scores in reading and writing. Her handwriting was “disastrous” and Kelly couldn’t tell the difference between her left and right.

Kelly’s parents took her to a number of health care professionals in an effort to help Kelly find the cause of her symptoms. Kelly’s eyes were tested numerous times, but each visit resulted in Kelly being told that she had perfect vision, leaving Kelly in tears. Kelly knew that somehow they couldn’t be right.

So the search for an answer continued. Eventually, Kelly’s parents brought her to a neurologist who prescribed Ritalin to help Kelly attend better. This didn’t appear to be the “answer” either, and Kelly still complained about her eyes and headaches continuously.

Sometime during the search for the answer to Kelly’s problems, vision training was mentioned. Despite hearing the neurologist’s and pediatrician’s skepticism about the value of vision therapy, Kelly’s parents decided to give it a try – enter Dr. Bernstein. After completing a comprehensive vision exam, Dr. Bernstein concluded that Kelly was working too hard to see the words clearly which was interfering with her ability to write and read.

Dr. Bernstein also found that Kelly was suffering from an eye coordination problem that was causing her headaches. In an effort to overcome the blur and/or double vision which resulted from this, Kelly had to exert extra effort to keep the words single and clear. Dr. Bernstein prescribed a program of vision therapy for Kelly.

The goal of the treatment was to help Kelly learn to use her eyes correctly and develop the visual skills critical to reading and learning. As a result of the treatment the blur and headaches that Kelly had been experiencing were eliminated.

Good visual skills are necessary underpinnings for being able to copy, comprehend, and complete reading, writing and homework quickly, efficiently, and comfortably. At the completion of treatment, Kelly’s mom let us know that while it was “a big commitment on Kelly’s part and on her entire family (driving back and forth, juggling siblings’ schedules), it was worth the effort!"

Kelly’s teacher sees a tremendous improvement on reading comprehension, handwriting, and other areas. Kelly received straight A’s and feels confident in her abilities as a student. She goes on to say that “Kelly never complains about headaches and reads just for fun! How about that!”

How about that, indeed … Way to go, Kelly!

BERNSTEIN CENTER COMMENTS: Kelly had a problem coordinating how both her eyes worked together. These are called eye coordination or "Eye Teaming" problems, and fall into two general categories - Binocularity and Convergence.

Binocularity allows both eyes to properly see distance and movement - allowing for depth perception.

Convergence is the ability of the eyes to properly turn inward (a natural movement) in order to see written material clearly. If the eyes do not turn in enough, or too much - there is a problem with seeing clearly. Since it is an eye movement problem - glasses will not correct it.