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Sports and Coordination
"When I read I don’t get sleepy anymore and the words are not blurry or floating above the lines."
I was only in pre-school when I started wearing glasses. I am now in 4th grade and am attached to my glasses. I only take them off to sleep or shower. Vision therapy was a struggle. I enjoyed going to therapy, but not the homework. I have noticed that I don’t need my mom standing by me when I’m doing my homework anymore. Math seems easier and my writing has gotten neater. When I read I don’t get sleepy anymore and the words are not blurry or floating above the lines.
Before I went to vision therapy I didn’t enjoy playing basketball. Sometimes I would see 2 or 3 basketball hoops, when there was really only one in front of me. I used to aim at the one in the middle and wouldn’t make any hoops. Now, I have better aim and can make the hoops.
One time I saw my baby brother standing by me. He doubled and I ran into the wall. I don’t bump into things anymore. My eyes don’t get tired and I am able to better control my anger. I’m glad I went to vision therapy, because it helped me a lot and might help me even more in the future.
"As a result of these lessons, I now am able to judge a fly ball in the outfield, and see the ball all the way as it crosses the plate. "
I am a sophomore in high school and I have played baseball since I was seven years old. Although I have never been the best player on the field, I was the player who always practiced longer and harder than any other member of my team. Since I started playing, I have always struggled with seeing the ball as it came across the plate, or judging a fly ball in the outfield.
In October of last year I was chosen to play on a 16U team for Brooklyn Baseball Academy. After the coach watched me practice for a couple of months, he pulled me aside one day and had me take a depth perception test which I failed. He asked my Mom to have my vision tested, especially my depth perception. Now for the last nine months, I have been a patient at Washington Vision Therapy Center.
Dr. Winters and my therapist James focused a lot of my therapy lessons around baseball. As a result of these lessons, I now am able to judge a fly ball in the outfield, and see the ball all the way as it crosses the plate. Because of my nine months of intense vision therapy, I was able to play approximately 50 games this summer as a pitcher and left fielder and never made an error in the field. For me, this is something I never thought could have been possible.
The second semester of my freshman year, I made the honor roll for the first time. Reading and seeing in the classroom has become easier and less stressful, and studying has become easier and less of a struggle. Vision Therapy has also helped with my driving; this summer I turned 16 and got my driver’s license. I am now able to judge distances better, and feel I am a much better driver because of my therapy lessons.
Because of Dr. Winters and James I am now able to perform at a higher level in the sport that I love, BASEBALL, and I have the confidence to know I can do anything I set out to do.
"Before starting vision therapy I found that my eye-hand coordination was difficult for me in basketball. Now I find it is much easier to catch and shoot the ball quickly. "
Name: Micah Morgan
When I was in second grade I was having trouble with hand-eye coordination. I had a hard time writing in math. After doing vision therapy for a few weeks I found that doing my school work was much easier. Instead of being frustrated with school work that required writing, I now like to write.
I also had lots of headaches at the end of my school day. When I had headaches it was difficult to do my homework. After starting vision therapy, I found that my headaches got much better. Now I don’t have headaches or frustration trying to get my homework done after school.
Before starting vision therapy I hated to read. Now after doing vision therapy I have found that reading is more fun.
Basketball is one of my favorite sports to play. Before starting vision therapy I found that my eye-hand coordination was difficult for me in basketball. Now I find it is much easier to catch and shoot the ball quickly. I feel like I have an advantage on the basketball court now that I’ve finished vision therapy.
"At my first progress appointment the doctor was impressed by how much better my eyes were working. I got to graduate 8 weeks early and that surprised me!"
Before Vision Therapy I was the slowest reader in my class. I had a hard time catching a football. I thought this was just the way I was. Before I started therapy I didn’t understand how they could teach my eyes to work differently. I was nervous and unsure not knowing what it would be like. Once I started therapy I enjoyed it and always looked forward to going and seeing my therapist Carrie. After a while I felt like playing football was easier and I gained confidence. At school I was reading faster and I knew therapy was working. At my first progress appointment the doctor was impressed by how much better my eyes were working. I got to graduate 8 weeks early and that surprised me! I knew I would miss Carrie but I was excited to graduate. Now I’m better at sports and reading and I’m glad I went through Vision Therapy because it helped a lot.
- William Oldenkamp