(616) 541-7080

We See With Our Brains Through Our Eyes

Angela L. Sanders, OD
Academy of Vision Development, PLLC

6617 Crossings Dr. SE, Suite 102
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
(616) 541-7080 phone
(616) 541-7088 fax

 

Vision is so much more than just 20/20 eyesight. Vision is eye movements, eye teaming, eye tracking, eye focusing, eye aiming, and includes the brain’s perception of the world around you.
Proprioception is understanding where your body and body parts are in relation to the ground and other objects. You learn and develop this from information you receive from your visual system.
ENCOURAGING WORDS from an 8 year old patient on her 15th vision therapy session: “When I’m on the soccer field, it’s easier for me now because of vision therapy to notice the ball with my side vision so now I can stay in position and keep up with the other person bringing the ball down the field.”

Saving for braces vs saving for vision therapy. What are the benefits of each outcome? Pretty smile vs ability to read, write and do math. Ask yourself, what are your priorities, what’s more important? Then make that decision.

The decision to pursue vision therapy for your child can literally change their life! Finances, insurance reimbursement, and “evidence” of efficacy (usually being told by an uneducated provider that it doesn’t work) are mostly responsible for children not getting the functional vision care they need to reach their full potential.

Autistic people do not like to make direct eye contact because it is too overstimulating. Vision therapy helps reduce the visual stress they are experiencing.

Developmental milestones are how we measure whether or not a child is on track for learning and growing and can tell us if a child needs intervention or remediation. Tummy time is extremely important for normal infant visual and motor development.

“Success is no accident! It is hard work and perseverance.” ~Pele.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ~Earl Nightingale

“Those that are unsure in their visual world, are unsure in their life.” ~Unknown guru of behavioral optometry

Our sense of security comes directly from our visual system.

Strabismus patient at week 12 of his Vision Therapy Program: “I was able to see the depth in a 3D movie for the first time in my life! I had to stay alert and not relax too much to maintain the 3D. I’m so happy!”

Strabismus patient at week 5 of the Vision Therapy Program: “I was able to fuse the images in binoculars for the first time ever! I used to always see double and have to pick which image I would look at, now I can make them fuse into one image and it’s so beautiful!”

Quote from a 9 year old patient: “It’s so much easier to dribble a basketball now because I can see better with my peripheral vision.”

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Dr. Sanders has given our family hope through vision therapy. Our son was experiencing frustration and fear in learning basic tasks like riding a bike and throwing a ball. He was in tears whenever it was homework time. He was slow and inaccurate in copying words from the whiteboard to his paper in class. Now that is all changing. Dr. Sanders is clearly an expert in her field, and she interacts with our son beautifully. We are grateful!

Beth M.

Angela L. Sanders, OD
Behavioral Optometrist
(616) 541-7080

vision therapy grand rapids

Academy of Vision Development, PLLC
6617 Crossings Dr. SE, Suite 102
Grand Rapids, MI 49508