Vision therapy works! because when you don’t do it, it stops working…sort of….
My strabby self enjoyed a little bit of a “summer vacation” for the past several months. I had reached a plateau in my vision therapy success, and I must admit this caused me to feel discouraged, because when I would do my vision therapy homework nothing amazing would happen.
That lack of excitement and reward disappointed me…and like any good little lab rat, the lack of reward made me stop doing the behavior to try to earn the reward. At the start of summer when I stopped doing any VT homework at all, and I will admit that I enjoyed not doing it! Because VT homework can be boring. And it takes time.
As a result of not doing any daily VT homework, some of my vision-related skills have deteriorated, such as:
- ability to see at near
- double vision double vision
- my retained Moro reflex that I had integrated started creeping back
- and I started feeling like a one-eyed cyclops
yet some of my hard-earned eyeball skills have stuck around, like my eyes appearing straight aka cosmesis, and most importantly, my budding 3D vision ability.
Soooooo……..after summer vacation, I had to be responsible and realistic, and realize that I was having real strabby symptoms and that I need to continue pursuing vision therapy. Because vision therapy works. During my plateau I was maintaining, I was having good results and my eyes felt great, even though I wasn’t experiencing life-altering results (like seeing 3D or fixing my left eye) and I was bored.
To fix my problems, I decided to do two things: to order my own copy of Dr. Len Press’ Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy book (which I had seen sitting Jeri’s desk) and to call Jeri, my vision therapist, and schedule an appointment.
It turns out Dr. Press’ book is a bit tricky to buy on the Internet. At Bernell, it’s impossible to add his book to your online shopping cart. Too bad a software bug has prevented me from being your customer, Bernell. At Amazon, you can’t buy the new version, and the cheapest used copy is available for $99–which is $4 more than new! There are also three used copies selling for about $169. My favorite used versions are the $697.06 priced one, the $999.00 “like new” one, and the most astounding: $1,858.52 for “very good” condition.
Luckily I had been on the COVD’s page and saw that it’s for sale there. I called the number and spoke to a pleasant gal in California and my own new copy is on its way…and I paid less than a thousand dollars!
The day after I ordered my book, I got a phone call from Jeri. How fortuitous! I’m still waiting for my book, but I have already had a vision therapy appointment with Jeri. There was no scolding, and no reason to be ashamed at having ‘falling off the VT wagon’ or whatever I think I might have done.
Instead, I’ve decided that all this is simply what my vision therapy journey has included. An intense period of success and change, and then the plateau, and then taking a break–doing no VT homework for a while–and now. Vision therapy is not a one-year project for Strabby; this is more of a lifestyle, at least for the foreseeable (hahaha) future. As annoying and boring at VT homework can be for me, I am more annoyed at having strabby symptoms. I could give up, and be done. Or I can keep going.