Clear eyesight doesn’t mean you’re in the clear!
In Dr. Todd Wylie’s new book, If Your Eyes Could Talk, you’ll learn how your eyes might be working against you…even if you have 20/20 vision. A few of the mysteries this book solves:
How can someone with 20/20 vision still be failing in school due to vision problems?
How can anxiety and panic attacks be caused by a vision problem?
How can looking at a particular color of light for 8 minutes a day literally change someone’s life?
Your eyes show you the world. But what would they tell you, if they could talk?
The answer is contained within the pages of Dr. Wylie’s book.
If Your Eyes Could Talk explores and explains the many causes of poor vision, as well as the pioneering therapy and revolutionary corrective lenses that solve even the most bizarre cases and symptoms.
To learn all about vision therapy, all you need to do is open this book and listen to the secrets that your eyes have to tell. Before you know it, you’ll be viewing the world of vision health through a whole new lens.
Stories We Hear
Our vision therapy patients tell us stories like these about their lives and how vision therapy changed them:
My daughter thought she was bad at school. She could see the board just fine, but she struggled academically: focusing in class, reading textbooks, and writing papers. It was humiliating, and she felt like she was stupid. Vision therapy gave us a new perspective on her academic problems, and she improved her performance remarkably!
I always had trouble reading, but I was confused about why. I did great in literature class because I was a good writer. But I literally told my high school teachers that I couldn’t read in class. I would substitute incorrect words. I would read sentences and immediately forget what I just read. It turns out that it’s all a matter of brain-eye coordination. I wish I knew that earlier!
Dr. Wylie’s Story
When I started college at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, my studies went well at first. I wasn’t a straight-A student, but I was getting very good grades. Things were going nicely until my junior year when things started to change.
I started taking organic chemistry, a prerequisite for optometry school. Chemistry has never been my strength, so I knew it would be a little bit rough.
I noticed that during that term, after five or 10 minutes of reading, I’d start to get drowsy and fall asleep. I thought, “I need to get more rest. It’s college.” I got more rest, and I’d read and start falling asleep again. My reading comprehension also decreased. I would be reading along, and pretty soon I’d realize, “I don’t remember what I’ve just been reading.”
Chemistry was not going well during this time. I was failing. I can still remember my week of doom quite vividly because I was reading text. I’d read a paragraph, stop, and think, “What did it say?” I couldn’t remember. I went back and read it six times in a row. I still could not bring up what I had just read.
For this week of chemistry, I knew I had to get the upcoming test. I kept track and studied 30 hours that week for the organic chemistry test. I took the tests. When I got the results back, I was devastated. Out of those 30 hours of studying that week, I scored an impressive eight points out of 50. That was not a good hours-per-point ratio for studying. I knew I was in trouble.
I scheduled an appointment to go to the optometry clinic to have my eyes checked. I had my eye exam by the optometric student intern, and he let me know the good news. My glasses prescription had not changed a bit. I could still see 20/20 in each eye. However, he then went on to demonstrate that my ability to converge or aim eyes inward was horrible.
That was my first introduction to behavioral optometry and vision therapy. At that point, I did not know that optometrists did anything above and beyond eyeglasses and contact lenses. However, I started immediately doing some vision training to teach my brain to get better at coordination over my eyes. Thankfully, because the condition had popped up so quickly,
it took six to eight weeks of training procedures that I would do in the clinic and in my dorm room for a few minutes a day.
After the six to eight weeks, I noticed that my reading comprehension had returned. Literally by God’s grace, I was given a C in chemistry. I remember Dr. Curry. I am positive he gave me a C because he knew my heart was in optometry because I still do not see how I could have passed that class. Thankfully, I did.