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ABOUT Walesby Vision Center!

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The Doctors and therapists of Walesby Vision Center are dedicated to ensuring our patients achieve and maintain the best visual system possible.

TO MAXIMIZE the efficiency of their visual skills and eliminate any undue stress on their visual system.

TO IMPROVE the quality of life of each patient by reducing eyestrain, Improving performance, enhancing self-esteem, reducing time spent on homework and improving study skills.

TO ENSURE poor visual skills do not prevent our patients from achieving their God-given potential so they are able to accomplish whatever they dream in life....READ MORE

Testimonial...

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V.T. has helped me with a lot of things, starting with reading and writing I’m the best in my class at 60th of those. And my eyes no longer hurt when I read or write. I also no longer have stomach ach…
Brennan, Age 10

The Tweed Family goes to Walesby Vision Center

In 2005 we received a referral from a local optometrist to have our son’s visual system checked. Our son, Wesley (12), was identified as having BVD. As Dr. Walesby informed us about BVD, my husband grew unusually quiet. Later he told me that nearly everything he heard about Wesley & BVD reminded him so much about his own challenges in childhood that it was uncanny. Shortly, my husband Dave (45) was tested and also found to have significant BVD issues. If Dad had it, then it made sence to have both our daughters tested as well. Both our girls, Marissa (15) & Marina (9) were diagnosed with BVD — which meant there was a great likelihood that I had it too. Soon I, Rita (45) was tested and we became the BVD 5.

Initially, the news was quite overwhelming. We probably wouldn’t be considered the “typical” poster family for BVD, because we have both completed doctoral degree programs and our children are all in the gifted programs at school. But striving for this level of academic excellence came with huge struggles. I began to understand the ‘quirks’ about each of us and our family life in new ways through this frame of reference. This explained why our oldest daughter spent long hours doing homework while her peers only took/: the time for the same grades. She was typically the “pull ’em up by the bootstraps” type of person. If she was struggling with her homework, she would just set her mind to dig in deeper until she got it. While this had worked for a few years, her academic challenges were quickly surpassing her ability to just work harder. Her frustrations were building; she began to doubt her abilities for handling college work. This explained why her middle school friends teased her about having a head that was a ‘ball magnet’ — she never saw the ball coming to her in PE, so it often hit her in the head.

Our youngest daughter, Marina, was an early adopter of the predetermined “I can’t do it” mindset. This was evident in how she engaged her schoolwork — she resisted logical steps in learning, she turned away from books, (but knew nearly every line in a movie after seeing it once). Marina tested gifted and had the capacity, but she lacked the initiative and drive to exercise that capacity whether it was learning her multiplication facts or learning to ride a bike. This contributed to quite a stubborn streak in her that the results of vision therapy and growth in her own self-confidence have begun to impact.

My husband and I each took a stroll down memory lane recalling our childhood experiences through the lens of BVD. We even found a picture of him standing off to the side of a TV set in his family’s living room with his head tilted to one side while watching — a classic example of adapting to minimize the effects of BVD. BVD began to explain why I struggled so hard in school with English and math and never liked to read.

Soon we all began to learn about and understood Binocular Vision Dysfunction, how it manifest itself, the degree to which BVD impacted us all uniquely and similarly, the adaptations we had to made to function in life in spite of it and of course, the good news: there is a cure — Vision Therapy.

Our experience of vision therapy over the next twelve months has transformed us as individuals and as a family. We knew that Vision Therapy would address neuronprocessing. But we had to add it to the practice of better behaviors around our household to really reap its full benefits. It’s the combination of the Vision Therapy experience and education about BVD, staff interactions and behavioral changes that has contributed to our substantial results.

The first change I noticed was in my parenting. I understood our children in new ways; many of my frustrations melted into patience and I stopped a considerable amount of yelling…for which everyone gave thanks! I became a better parent.

As Vision therapy began, my husband exhibited the greatest amount of physical change — he had the most entrenched adaptations to be unraveled; and for a time it changed his equilibrium, depth perception and increased his sensitivity to noise (ability to differentiate and filter out background stimulus) as well as made it difficult for him speak complete thoughts —struggling for words & phrases. As Dr. Walesby informed us, that also began to diminish as the therapy continued and his brain began to integrate new processing skills. At times we were all hyper-sensitive in over-stimulating noisy settings, but going through it as a family contributed to our understanding of one another and provided mutual support.

The results that we have experienced from Vision Therapy we have named Vision Therapy Success Moments or VTSM. We began to identify these ourselves and in one another:

Wesley: he began to integrate his life and manage his own world more effectively, especially as a better manager of his schoolwork — more organized (he puts together and maintains his own school notebooks) and improved self-motivation. He has considerably improved his academic achievement with straight A’s the past 3 9-week sessions — receiving the Principal’s Honor Roll Award; scored in the top 25% of the SAT test results; and experiences greater balance in skateboarding. We no longer have to be on top of him about his school requirements. These accomplishments are translating into selfconfidence and hopes for his future.

Dave: his visual memory has increased so that he can recall a phone number, for example, hours after using it. He is able to focus and concentrate on one work item for longer periods of time (instead of bouncing from item to item); he is better able to adapt to the rapidly shifting demands of work, has shown marked improvement in martial arts and has now received his black belt, he even hears music differently. In his practice as a therapist he has experienced greater ability to assess behavioral needs and connect them to solutions. He also recognized BVD and refers people for the disorder — and in about 90% cases it has made a significant difference for an individual or family. He noticed catching dropped keys and while always quite humorous, he has an even quicker with attributed to putting connections together more readily.

Marissa: For the longest time she couldn’t identify having VTSM’s! We attributed this to her need to change how she had ‘adapted’ and functioned in organizing her life to trusting her new visual system. Then she experienced a breakthrough in one of her life’s passions: dancing. When trying out for her school Dance Squad, and for the first time in her dance life, she partially made it across the room doing repeated turns in a straight line — she was able to spot her turns. From then on she behaviorally set in motion changes to support her new visual system — including regular study breaks. She has noticed the she no longer has to read, re-read, highlight, write notes on what she read in the margins, just to remember what she has read. She is beginning to trust her visual memory and her comprehension (objectively measured) is increasing.

Marina: Earlier in the year, Marina was on probation in her gifted Math class and about to be moved. The teacher sent home a study book for us to work with her over Christmas vacation. Painstakingly, she began to integrate the steps that she had been unable to grasp or retain previously. After that intense ‘catch-up’ period, she has held her own in Math. She has gained self-confidence — last week she gave a presentation just by talking about what she had learned — without notes and without the emotional roller-coaster that generally preceded such a project. Marina has also increased her reading ability and found some joy in reading, which has increased her writing ability. This year she developed her writing from miniscule to magnificent being the only child in her elementary school to receive a ‘6’ (on a scale of 1-6) on the FCAT Writes.

Rita: A new job with greater reading demands caused significant pain across my eyes by the end of the day. I would end 4 to 5 days a week early having to “put my face to bed” for relief. Dr. Walesby was confident that therapy would address the issue. That pain through my eye area has only occurred 3 times in the past 6 months. I have integrated new coaching skills into my work life without constantly checking & rechecking myself. One day my hands were full of stuff and I was trying to unlock the front door. A water bottle slipped out of my arm, my eyes automatically locked onto the bottle & I caught it — before Vision Therapy, it would have hit the ground, like many before. Another day I noticed myself reading quickly for the first time — it was so different that I stopped myself from reading so fast. I never read fast and comprehended the material. Then it hit me, my new visual system and processing mechanisms empowered new reading/comprehension skill. I appreciated what Dr. Walesby said, “Take it easy — its like a powerful new car engine — you’ve got to learn how to drive it.”

Dr. Walesby and Ms. Joanie have repeatedly taken time to fully answer all of our questions, educate us on BVD as well as explain therapy activities and their purpose. The Walesby staff has been friendly and efficient. Dr. Walesby and the office staff were instrumental in their support of the insurance process, engaging our insurance company with a few added letters as the negotiation for coverage continued.

Vision Therapy has changed our lives. It has become a gateway to our children’s futures that will no longer be inhibited by BVD but released to be the result of their own choices. For Dave & me, Vision Therapy has increased effective brain functioning with less stress in managing our daily life; we experience increased mental capacity to be used in a new creative ways that I believe will contribute to our overall wellness in these next decades of life.

We are forever grateful for the mission of Walesby Vision Center and the passion of the staff who dedicate themselves to Vision health and Mental Wellness. We hope that our experiences of BVD and results from Vision Therapy can inform your journey.

Peace,
Rev. Dr. Rita Gardner Tweed, LHMC
Rev. Dr. David Gardner Tweed, LHMC
Marissa, Wesley, and Marina Tweed

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