Gainesville, Va. (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
When thirteen year old Emily began having headaches and complained she was having trouble seeing, her parents took her to the optometrist. When the optometrist couldn’t find anything wrong, he recommended that Emily’s parents schedule an appointment to see Dr. Tod Davis, a developmental optometrist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vision-related disorders.
Dr. Davis diagnosed Emily with Convergence Insufficiency (CI), a disorder that affects the eye’s ability to work together, even when they demonstrate 20/20 vision. Because testing for this disorder isn’t part of pediatrician’s eye tests, school screenings or basic eye exams, CI often goes undetected until the child is a teenager or young adult.
“Emily was always a good student,” Esther, her mother, said. “We found out she had been seeing double when reading and struggled with tasks at school like copying from the board and multiple-choice tests that required filling in the bubble to give an answer. We later realized that she was compensating by getting notes from friends at school rather than copying from the board in order to maintain her grades.”
One in twelve children suffer from CI and early treatment is the key to reducing symptoms. Dr. Davis recommends parents have their children tested by a developmental optometrist for vision-related disorders.
After diagnosis, Dr. Davis developed a personalized treatment plan designed to teach Emily’s brain how to properly align her eyes, track movement, focus and process visual images. One year later, Emily is enjoying school again and only needs to use her glasses occasionally when she has a lot of computer work or reading to do.
“Emily is definitely more confident at school now,” Esther said, “especially in math where copying numbers had been a real challenge. She is now truly enjoying school and reading more. My husband and I are both so glad we made the commitment to vision therapy. It has made a huge difference!”
Dr. Davis is a developmental optometrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, specializing in developmental vision care and vision therapy. Trained to evaluate the impact of vision on behavior and learning, Dr. Davis works in tandem with family physicians and optometrists to identify and treat vision-related disorders.
His three Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy Services offices are located in Fredericksburg, Winchester and Gainesville. For more information, visit DavisVisionTherapy.com.