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We were skeptical about the vision therapy process, but in the end the time and financial commitments were well worth it for the success and progress that Jackson made. Reading was always a forced activity, one that could end in tears. After vision therapy, Jackson not only chooses to read, but he enjoys it as well. School has become much less stressful for him and academic success is happening an lot easier for him now. Jackson has always been a hard worker, but it is wonderful to see him be more successful and enjoying things more. He is not only reading more, but also playing more games and participating in sports activities. We took our home vision therapy time very seriously and were dedicated to making progress. That, combined with Maria's sessions and support for Jackson, has truly made a difference for him. We cannot express enough gratitude and appreciation for the positive difference vision therapy has made in Jackson's life.
Matt a    -    December 2017

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Thanks so much, Stolba family! Your family's dedication really paid off--Jackson graduated 6 weeks ahead of schedule and he met all of his goals. That is awesome teamwork! It was a joy to learn that Jackson is leading his class to earn reading points to earn a class party. No more tears--he can see clearly and has gained ability and confidence. Nice work!

My advice to people who are considering vision therapy: Do it! the results are well worth any time and effort required on your behalf. My reading score on the ACT increased from a 27 to a 31 after vision therapy.
Sophie C    -    December 2017

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Congratulations, Sophie! Combining the right glasses prescription with 6 weeks of vision therapy to improve the saccaddic functioning of your oculomotor muscles did the trick! We wish you all the best in college. Keep optometry school on your radar!

Vision therapy made the difference between college bound and not for Anson (our son).
Jeanette F    -    November 2017

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We are delighted with Anson's outcome through vision therapy! He was a great worker and grew every week. Congratulations on graduating early--we can't wait to see your progress in January!

My advice for patients who are considering vision therapy for amblyopia (lazy eye), binocular vision dysfunction, and sports training for baseball: It's very helpful and you will, without a doubt, see improvements in sports and everyday life IF you dedicate yourself to it.
Matt C    -    October 2017

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Congratulations, Matt! We were so delighted to hear your hit your first home run of the season after gaining acuity and improved eye-hand coordination through vision therapy. We wish you all the best at the University of Iowa in your biomedical engineering studies. We are thrilled that your improved binocular vision is helping you see the small details in your microscope labs. Great work!

My advice to parents who are considering vision therapy: Do it!! It was a game changer for our daughter on so many levels--confidence, ITBS scores, school work, and quality of life.
Anonymous b    -    October 2017

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Thank you so much! Your family was wonderful to work with. Every week you consistently did your exercises and your daughter's visual skills grew quickly over her 9 weeks of therapy. Your dedication paid off. We were thrilled to learn that your daughter gained the ability to read her Iowa Test of Basic Skills all by herself. She shared with us that she scored above grade level for the first time in her life. Congratulations! Clear vision is a wonderful skill.

I cannot say enough positive things about vision therapy and the wonderful, caring staff at Cedar Rapids Eye Care. With Maria's guidance and consistent daily work at home, we have seen such an improvement in our son's vision. Not only can we see his eyes physically strengthening, we have noticed his--well--NOTICING. From big things such as trees and flowers, etc to little things such as details in books. Even the way he walks and uses the stairs. I will forever be an advocate for vision therapy and Cedar Rapids Eye Care in particular!
Chris a    -    September 2017

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Thanks, Kathy! It was a joy working with your family and seeing Bridger gain skills every week. When a patient loses double vision and gains clarity, details really "pop!" Thank you for your kind words!

This program (vision therapy) is absolutely worth every penny. We have seen so much improvement in reading and our son is enjoying school and learning so much more. He especially notices a difference in being able to visualize what he is reading. His reading is much more proficient and he is enjoying it. Yay!! Vision therapy is a commitment but the end results pay off. Thank you!!
Tiana D    -    Febuary 2017

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We are delighted with Dawson's progress! Thanks to your commitment of working on exercises with your son for 15 minutes a day for four days in a week, he met his goals in 12 weeks. He is showing outstanding improvement in his convergence strength and his saccadic functioning--2 visual skills that really support reading. Congratulations!

With our daughter, we could see great improvement in just a few weeks. She loved going to vision therapy and doing all the fun activities.
Anonymous b    -    January 2016

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Thank you for the kind words! Your daughter did an excellent job of practicing her exercises at home, so she grew very quickly as a result of that great teamwork! We are delighted that she thought her exercises were fun and she enjoyed her in-office therapy time.

Vision therapy is not a gimmick...it is a solid scientific way to help an anxious, frustrated child re-train the eyes and brain to work together. Not everyone needs VT, but it is a real, meaningful alternative for children and adults who suffer from lack of concentration or ability to focus or things just being "too hard." When given the right tools and the properly trained staff, VT is a gift and a chance to begin anew.
Anonymous b    -    September 2015

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So many of our patients are very bright individuals with visual interference that has frustrated them for years and caused anxiety. By improving focal flexibility, ocular-motor function, and convergence strength, this patient gained clarity and confidence to try things that were previously just too hard. She reads for fun now and her teacher commented that she's come so far this school year--he didn't realize just how truly smart she is. Thank you for your commitment to your exercise regimen! We are so pleased with your progress!

We had an extremely positive experience with vision therapy and we could not be more pleased with the results! Our advice to people who are considering vision therapy is: You get out of vision therapy what you put into it. If you do the exercises, you will see huge improvements. Stick to the program as some of the biggest changes may not come until the end of the program. Our daughter was diligent with her exercises, but the left eye was having a hard time with convergence. Finally in the last week of her program, her eye responded to the convergence exercises! You may see improvements in all areas you did not expect. Our daughter's first grade teacher said she had no idea how smart she was. Erin had struggled with handwriting before vision therapy and it took a long time for her to complete her school work. She would be one of the last kids to turn in her work. Vision therapy helped handwriting speed. After a few weeks of therapy, Erin was getting her work done much more quickly and earning extra worksheets. She also was reading much faster and above grade level. We witnessed her self confidence improve as well.
Lynn a    -    July 2015

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We are so pleased with Erin's progress in 15 weeks of vision therapy! Her diagnoses of convergence insufficiency, accommodative dysfunction, ocular-motor dysfunction, and visual-motor integration challenges were causing Erin so much visual confusion. Her dedication to her vision exercises really improved her coordination, strength, and flexibility. This, in turn, gave her visual clarity and SPEED! Erin no longer had to work through a visual jumble, so she could just be awesome in everything she puts her mind to. Congratulations, Erin and family--you make a great team!

Before vision therapy my 8-year old son, Gavin, liked sports but just didn't get it,if you know what I mean. In basketball when the ball would get passed to him he would freeze and do anything to get rid of it. In baseball, he would swing the bat for what seemed like forever, just for the coach to tell him to go to first base. He played sports like he was in a haze. Gavin was also clumsy and always would get confused with d-b-p-q. He continuously read words backwards like "was" for "saw." As parents, my wife and I have been all over with Gavin to figure out why he was struggling. We have been to occupational therapy, speech therapy, and also to Iowa City to the Learning Disability Center. Not one of them seemed to have and answer to Gavin's problems. After coming to Cedar Rapids Eye Care for an eye exam, Dr. Kara prescribed 18 weeks of therapy sessions with Maria. After 6 weeks, Gavin loved playing basketball and looked to shoot whenever he had a chance. In baseball, he would approach the plate, grinding his feet in the dirt, and he could hit the ball 8 out of 10 times. He feels extremely confident about himself, and was are so proud to see that confidence. The same confidence is starting to carry forward in his school work as well with less letter confusion. When we look at our initial appointment with Dr. Kara, Gavin scored off the charts LOW in multiple tests she administered. After 18 weeks he made nice improvements across the board improving more that we could have dreamed. I would say that Cedar Rapids Eye Care, Maria, and Dr. Kara are three of the best things that have happened to Gavin and our family. The cost, hard work on Gavin's part, and 2-hour drive each week were all worth it. My advice to you if you are considering vision therapy: Don't hesitate! If the doctor says your child needs it...DO it! I believe vision therapy is one of the top 5 best things in Gavin's life that we will ever do for him.
Brad    -    July 2015

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We are so pleased with Gavin's progress! It was fun to work with him and see him grow by leaps and bounds! Gavin's medical diagnoses of convergence insufficiency and accommodative insufficiency made it very difficult for him to see clearly. Gavin was contending with a visual haze caused by a coordination problem with this two eyes and a diminished focusing ability of each eye. Through vision therapy he gained strength, coordination, and flexibility in the extra ocular muscles. This gave him clarity and removed the haze to let that great basketball player shine through. Thank you for your dedication to your exercises. We look forward to seeing you in the fall to see how school and sports are continuing to improve for Gavin.

Vision therapy helped our son become so much more confident. We love to see him so happy! Vision therapy is worth all of the time, money, and energy spent.
Marsha    -    July 2015

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We are delighted you are pleased with your son's progress! When capable children can't see well, they can get frustrated and sad that they aren't performing well. By improving his vision, your son improved in all areas so he could feel confident and happy with his abilities. Thank you for your dedication to his improvement. What a difference 18 weeks of exercises have made in his quality of life!

After vision therapy it is easier for our daughter to distinguish b,p,d,and q. She has fewer reversals when she writes and fewer headaches. She also has more confidence at school.
Krista B    -    November 2012

Since starting vision therapy, our son's handwriting has improved--it is neater and spacing is better. We've noticed his eye does not wander as much and he's not covering his eye or rubbing it like previously. Brenda was awesome with him. He never complained about coming to vision therapy and the variety of activities were great. We are very impressed with Dr. Winter.
Carol S    -    October 2012

We visited Cedar Rapids Eye Care for a second opinion as our child seemed to be functioning well, yet we noted that both eyes could independently float when she was feeling tired or ill. There were other indicators, some of which included rubbing eyes, a slight tilting or turning of the head when focusing eyes, and having to use red eye correction to fix only one eye on photos. The hard part about eyes is that it is difficult to know what you are missing when you have never seen it. Dr. Christine Winter properly diagnosed our child’s eyesight and suggested a vision therapy plan to meet her individual needs. In our daughter’s case, her personal goal was to be able to confidently jump down from the monkey bars. I found that interesting as it seemed like a simple task. It was obvious at the playground, however, that she was experiencing real fear by simply letting go of the bars. I soon learned that it was because she could not focus her eyes on the ground to know when to brace her legs to land. I am not going to say that vision therapy was easy. It takes dedication and hard work to reap the benefits that the training can offer. Some days children are not interested in homework, but as a parent, you do it because they need it. The earlier it is treated, the better they will be, especially when school begins and more is demanded from their eyes. We are happy to report that our daughter has reached her goals. I would be remiss if I did not attribute the success to the skilled training of the staff, especially Dr. Christine Winter and our daughter’s vision therapist, Maria Bryant, who was ever patient and always ready with a kind and encouraging word. Now our daughter can clearly focus her eyes at a distance, making the details of the world pop. It is easier for her to determine depth perception when jumping or playing. Also, her eyes now track together smoothly. An added bonus is an improved level of hand-eye coordination, which has helped in sports. Her reading speed, which was good to begin with, has sped up considerably. Thanks to everyone for your efforts. We appreciate all that you have done.
Lori U    -    October 2012

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