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Andrew Tangel

5

Andrew Tangel

 

Andy has had so many improvements since completing vision therapy. He was stuck at a reading level F, after finishing therapy he jumped two levels. He was not on target to meet his reading IEP goal, and now he is going to meet it early.

His ability to identify sight words has greatly improved. His handwriting has also become legible. He no longer needs to use dashed paper and is fitting his answers on age-appropriate lines. He recently even lined up words on a page without lines.

His confidence around the school is definitely growing as he is noticing improvements. We are so grateful that we found Dr. Dick O’Connor's office. At the end of therapy, we were feeling discouraged because of a few setbacks. Andy was having, but in the 6 weeks since he has grown and improved so much with things just "clicking" into place.

- Andrew Tangel

Tyler Lang

5

Tyler Lang

 

When Tyler started Therapy he struggled with reading. Writing, sitting still and focusing on What was being taught or he was supposed to be working on. He didn't like anything about reading and avoided it as much as he could. When he started 3rd grade he was two grade levels behind. Now after therapy... Hе enjoys reading and will actually pick up a book to read without being asked. He's reading at grade level, his writing has improved and fows has gotten better but is still a work in progress.

Last Summer was his first year of coach pitch baseball and he couldn't hit the ball. This baseball season is going great. He's been going 4/4 at every game and he is loving every minute of it.

- Tyler Lang

Riley Gingerich

5

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Learning has never been easy or fun for our son, Riley. He struggles with dyslexia and has always hated reading (other than a handful of graphic novels). Over the past couple of years, we have noted that Riley would rub his eyes excessively after trying to read even a few words. Glasses did nothing to help. He would complain of being tired after only a few learning tasks. We decided to bring Riley for an evaluation...

Riley no longer rubs his eye when tasked with reading! He says that it is easier to read now. We are hopeful now that learning will be less of a struggle and more of a joy! Thanks so much.

Dr Alyssa and everyone at Vision Development for all of your love and care! Riley says that "Vivid Vision" was his favorite theraphy!

- Riley Gingerich

Cheryl Putnam

5

SUCCESS STORY Cheryl Putnam

I suffered a TBI e the age of 51 and later on developed headaches, felt like my eyes were on fire, fell down the stairs frequently, and had problems diving mostly related to poor depth perception and skewed peripheral vision. I was referred by my bass and belove me I was skeptical + hesitant to make that call but things worsened.

Fast forward --- Started therapy Kept making small improvements then BANG made huge improvements I noticed. Now I'm so much better and able to work long hours on a computer & at a local hospital. Believe me, this was a huge undertaking financially time-wise - energy wife. Now I know I don't need to receive before I'm ready and can still take care of my hospital patients for years to come.

I'm thankful for everything everyone e Vision Development has done for me. They made THERAPY FUN and felt like a kid again. I will miss the staff but ready to moreen!

- Cheryl Putnam

Nicholas Scott

5

SUCCESS STORY Nicholas Scott

At the start of therapy, Nicholas Steuggled with.  Completing task, motion sickness, losing his place while reading, mixing letters and would be easily frustrated while comdeting assignments. During the first few sessions of light therapy Nicholas no longer suffered from motion sickness. Over time I saw a significant improvement in his reading and writing. During assignments where he typically needed help, he is now able to complete the work on his own in a short period of time. His grades in all classes improved. Nicholas states he is better able to see and doesn't feel as if his eyes are staining. We have noticed various changes in all areas such as coordination, Focus, and Concentration. Throughout this process the whole team has been amazing, especially Ms. Kathy. She is a God-sent. 

- Nicholas Scott

Sean Tomsic

5

SUCCESS STORY Sean Tomsic

Vision Therapy was fun, sometimes hard work. After starting vision therapy Math has become easier. I can line up my numbers better. I also have been able to build my legos for longer and with less help. I also have been reversing my letters less and that makes me feel good at school. I still don't like flippers but I will miss Miss Kathy.

Sean

- Sean Tomsic

Kasen Hill

5

SUCCESS STORY Kasen Hill

I was born with poor vision in my left eye Dr. Dick O’Connor gave me to contact after wearing glasses. I then started Vision Therapy because my brain was not working with my left eye. Before therapy, I could not read well or understand stories. My depth perception was not there. Now after reading. I have improved with all of my sports. Dr. Dick O’Connor and Dr. Alyssa Fortuna and Kathy have changed my life. I don't get headaches anymore. I am glad. God put Vision Development in my life.

- Kasen Hill

Liam

5

SUCCESS STORY Liam Hinman.
Dear Doctor O'Connor and Ms. Kathy,
Thank you for being kind every time I walked in, you really helped to make it fun. Well, you were helping my eyes with some of my favorite things. I did was Vivid Visions, my favorite games are breaker and earn your bouncer and as I went threw vision therapy. I was catching a lot better. I also really enjoy zoom Ball. I also play basketball much better. It helped me know where the ball was when playing. Thanks for everything.

- Liam

Sarah

SUCCESS STORY Sarah Pereira

When Sarah started kindergarten, she was keeping up academically, but struggling with completing assignments in a timely fashion. And staying on task. She also struggled with social skills like making eye contact and often prefer to play independently instead of with friends. Additionally, she struggled with some coordination activities like balancing and steering a bike at the same time. So the course of her vision therapy, we have seen Improvement and all these areas. Her teachers have noted significant improvements in her schoolwork. She has become more talkative and school and enjoys playing with friends. She has even mastered riding her bike and enjoys going to dance class and tennis lessons! I can't wait to see what else Sarah can accomplish with her new skills!

Amanda

5

Emma Golembieski started off sad and confused. She didn't understand why she couldn't keep up with her classmates. Emma has always tried her best and would work extra hard at everything she did. Emma never gives up. Our hearts broke for her always struggling to keep up. When Emma had her eye exam to only find out she did have nerve weakness in her eyes.

But to find out she could strengthen her eyes was a blessing. Emma was so happy and very determined to fix her eyes. As always she did everything she was told, and worked hard to strengthen her eyes. Now Emma is more confident in herself. Interacts with her peers more. Emma's grades also went up! She is at a higher reading level!

Emma is loving life more and more! We are so thankful for what vision therapy has done for our baby girl. We absolutely love what Miss Kathy has done for her she has gone above and beyond for our Emma Sue.

- Amanda

Ella N.

5

I had trouble reading and writing. When I would read the words on the page would swim around and they would also get blurry and I hated reading. When I would write my hand would hurt and my writing was messy and sloppy and my writing was really big. After a few months of vision therapy my writing was better and I didn’t hate reading as much as I used to and the words no longer swim on the page. After another five months I got better and better my scores were better than ever before.

During the process eventually I stopped getting so car sick and I got fewer headaches after doing my HTS. A month or two later I heard I might be graduating soon, it made me work harder and eventually I graduated all things to Dr. Alyssa, Miss Kathy and my family. I graduated from vision therapy.

- Ella N.

Emily

5

Vision therapy has helped Kadee with her reading and writing. Before therapy Kadee would look at her work and think “is this right? Did I read that right? Did I write the correct words?” Kadee did not have confidence to read aloud or share her work, not even to her teachers (whom she adored). Kadee didn’t like to read together at home. She always asked her brother or Mom or Dad to read out loud. Kadee is vital learning right now, so she hasn’t back in the classroom. But she is feeling much more confident in her reading and writing. She says she feels like she is now “doing it right”. We can see the confidence! Kadee now enjoys reading with us at bedtime. Kadee and her brother Joseph will read their school assignments together. We can often find Kadee and her little sister Tess cuddle up together with a stack of books! Everyone at Vision Development has been so encouraging and helped. Kadee feel loved, happy and safe!

- Emily

Leah

5

When I first came into the office I as struggling with headaches, constant pain, and lights and computer screens impacted me. When I started therapy I didn’t know if it was going to work, but writing this success story it did! I liked how therapy was a session and the activities changed based on my needs and evaluations. It also allowed me to form relationships during therapy and become more self-aware and confident. I am thankful for this experience because my symptoms have decreased or are now gone. I never realized how much my vision can impact my everyday life, so I am so glad to have been a patient and work with Dr. O’Connor, Dr. Alyssa, and all the other amazing staff members!

- Leah

M. Smith

5

Reid has had a wonderful experience through VT with both Miss Kathy and Dr. Alyssa. We live about an hour and ½ away so this was a HUGE commitment to travel 2x’s /week for 1 month (we tried to do it on our own w/ just light therapy and home exercise about 3 years ago without success). This full commitment has proved to be VERY helpful to Reid. He has dyslexia and needed so much help with his visual field. We are so grateful to the therapists who are so patient and work so hard to make this process fun and engaging for their patients. Reid’s reading and writing skills have improved as well as his coordination with sports and other activities. We are looking forward to watching even more life skills improve through all his hard work. Thank you to vision therapy for all you’ve done for us!

- M. Smith

Madelyn

5

Vision Therapy has been such a blessing! For about eleven years I have had daily chronic migraines, eyestrain, and comprehension trouble. I was constantly debilitated by the pain and was embarrassed I felt slow or behind. After I received an eye exam Dr. O’Connor thoroughly explained some key issues and laid out a plan to fit my needs. I was able to go down to one collage class and began six months of light and vision therapy. At first I did not see much improvement, but Kathy my therapist, Dr. Alyssa, Dr. O’ Connor and all the staff were constantly tracking my pain and any changes. Halfway, through therapy I noticed a huge relief from my eyestrain and migraines. Near end of the therapy the pain picked up a little, migraines were a little more frequent than the halfway point, but they were much more controlled. Now I have little to no eyestrain, I can study much better, and see much improvement with my migraines. Vision Therapy is not quick or easy fix, but the doctors and therapists at vision Development of WNY display Christian character and support which makes therapy worth it.

- Madelyn

Megan

5

We are so thankful for everyone that Vision development from Dr. O’Connor to Miss Kathy to Miss Kelly. Each and every person you interact with is helpful and kind. We are astounded by Megan’s results here and are excited for her future! When her 2020 sophomore school year began, Megan started saying she hated school. She mentioned being tired all the time and having trouble focusing. It took hours every night to finish homework. We thought it was the result of the change of education due to the pandemic. When she started complaining of double vision and headaches it was time to get help. After multiple visits to the eye doctor and two new pairs of glasses she had no improvement.

We came to Vision development in early 2021. After her evaluation I will never forget the feeling of relief when Dr. O’Connor said “… this is exactly why you’re struggling and we can help you. It will get better.” After five months of therapy Megan has just finished reading her first book for pleasure! She is still working to build stamina when focusing but Miss Kathy has given her strategies to refocus your eyes as they grow stronger. I would highly recommend Dr. O’Connor and this office to any family with a child struggling like Megan did.

- Megan

Olivia

5

Thank you so much for your time you spent on me.

Thank you for how fun you were to be around.

I am sad that I have to end vision (therapy),

but I am excited to start a new vision life on my own.

Thank you.

With love, Olivia.

- Olivia

Salvatore

5

Salvatore, who is currently 15 years old and a Sophomore in High school, has been placed in AIS math and English since Kindergarten. I felt the school was not helping him advance and wanted him evaluated for a learning disability. Every test came back normal. However, in freshman year Sal came to me for additional help. He couldn’t understand why he has still at a third grade comprehension level and was incapable of writing sentences. He knew what he wanted to write but felt his brain couldn’t do it. This is when I recognized a cognizant disconnect. I was talking to friends about this and they recommended Dr. O’Connor. They brought their sons to him and had great success. I called the office and made the appointment. Dr. O’Connor and his staff recognized the impairment and began therapy to increase Sal’s neuro deficit. Each week Sal improved and became more independent in his studies. When Sal was in soccer, the Doctor’s staff recognized that heading the ball caused another decrease in impairment and they quickly began to work to get him recovered. Sal finished therapy and is now 100% independent in all school work, currently has a 98 in English and a 99 in math. He no longer depends on me to read to him; is confident at School.

- Salvatore

Sam

5

Sam has suffered from chronic migraines for at least 3 years. After going down all sorts of treatment avenues, Dr. O’Connor was recommended to us by various people. We put off taking Sam to see Dr. O’Connor because a previous optometrist found nothing wrong with Sam’s eyes. Though Sam had struggled with reading in first grade, he always did well in school and in sports, but often did not feel well after school , his games or any activity/trip that had a lot of visual stimuli. We brought him to Vision Development of WNY just to rule anything out.

We were shocked by what Sam’s evaluation revealed. We were told his eyes did not work together to converge & focus, he could not track properly, he had a very small field of vision and an enlarged blind spot. Sam then mentioned that he thought it was normal to skip lines and lose your place when reading or to have eyeball pain after reading anything. We were sent home with instructions for the infinity walk and light therapy. The light therapy helped to reduce his headache pain. He then started in-office therapy twice a week.

After completing the infinity walk at home, h is field of vision is normal as is his blind spot. The in-office and at-home therapies have helped tremendously. Even though Sam’s headaches have not disappeared (due to other contributing factors), the time it takes for his headache to worsen while reading has greatly extended. His fatigue and car sickness are virtually non-existent. He is able to work longer on computer screens and on paper. It is much easier to read now. He no longer skips lines or loses his place. His eyeballs no longer hurt after reading or doing schoolwork. His confidence level has improved as well.

While it was a long process, it has been well worth the time and money. Dr. O’Connor, Dr. Fortuna, Penny, Kelly and other staff members have been nothing but kind and supportive, especially since Sam’s therapy was stalled by the Covid shutdown in 2020.

- Sam

Stephanie

5

Dear Dr. O’Connor, Kathy and friends,

My son Josiah went through Optometric Vision Therapy to potentially help him with reading and overall comprehension. When we began therapy, we were skeptical but, short of medicine, didn’t know what else to try. During three years o homeschooling we tried different techniques to help right-brain dominant learners: arching and yoga exercises, essential oil’s for focus, different vitamins and supplements, a clean diet and lots of prayer. My in-laws are friends with Dr. O’Connor and, as they described t e work he was doing, we got the sense that this could help Josiah. At first, we didn’t see a while lot of improvement, but then suddenly Josiah jumped forward in reading ability and comprehension.

A strange phenomenon with Josiah was that he would almost always get hit in the face with a ball while playing any type of sport. Since finishing his therapy nearly 2 years ago, Josiah never gets hit by the ball, because guess what? He sees it coming! We had no idea his vision had such obstacles.

Josiah is a much more confident kid now that then he ever was before. It must have been hard living life in the box his vision had put him in. I thank God for his time at Vision Development of Western New York and I hope this treatment becomes more widely accepted in the ophthalmologic community. I know there are more kids like Josiah who need help out of their own boxes.Thank you for all you did for my son. Sincerely, Stephanie

- Stephanie

Vinny, Tim & Jenna

5

Thank You Dr. O and Miss Kathy for helping me learn how to read. Now I have going to school. Love, Vinny

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Dr. O’Connor – Miss Kathy; We can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work with Vincent. After our very first appointment with Dr. O, I knew We were in the right place. You made us feel confident in Vincent’s abilities and helped us look toward to the future when we were so discouraged. Listening to Vincent read now is one of our favorite things. The progress he has made is just awesome!

Tim & Jenna Labarbera.

- Vinny, Tim & Jenna

Willem

5

Willem was having trouble copying from the board and copying from text. He was also skipping words and sentences (sometimes even paragraphs) when reading. He didn’t seem to have much self-esteem or confidence. He put forth his best effort but reading and writing were always so challenging for him. He saw others excel and he felt inferior. He avoided more common sports (which mostly contain balls). He would focus for a short time, but then needed a quick outlet of energy. He wouldn’t give me details about school or his day.

Organizing his thoughts was challenging. Since therapy, we have noticed a significant change in Willem’s self-esteem and confidence. He is attempting to play sports containing balls, which expands the friends he can relate to. He is copying from the board and text with minimal error. After school, he is able to talk to me about his say and gives me details. His thoughts are better organized. During reading, he doesn’t skip around. His fluency needs improvement still, but he is able to express what he comprehended and understands deeper meaning of text. We are so grateful that his confidence, expression, and ability to maintain his place while reading and copying have improved. This wouldn’t have been possible without the caring doctors, therapists, and staff at Vision Development.

- Willem

Thank you Dr. O’Connor and team!!!

5

My daughter is in the middle of treatment with Dr. O'Connor and his team. I need comment about two things very specifically. First and foremost the customer service provided by the team are amazing. I have had a couple questions about my unique billing arrangement ( Christian Sharing Ministry and Care Credit ) the team helped me to answer my question, weigh personal options, and provided support through at least four separate phone calls. Secondly, the patient care during the COVID19 social distancing period is amazing. Each month (sometimes more often) an associate that cares for my daughter called to talk to my wife or I about home care, progress, and provided additional adjustments and feedback. I find the treatments are helping my daughter and the team a Vision Dev. of WNY is exceptional. Thank you Dr. O'Connor and team!!!

- Ed B. - Google