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amelia

Amelia
Vision therapy impacted my life significantly. I was struggling in school, particularly math and French. I had severe headaches and migraines and reading was not one of my favourite things to do in life. It was really hard for me. I wasn’t sure if the therapy was going to help me with my headaches and my goals that I wanted to achieve, but soon after starting I noticed a lot of progress in how I see. Unlike a lot of therapy, eye therapy is actually enjoyable and fun. I always walked in excited with a smile on my face to find out what they were going to be doing with me that day. I enjoyed spending time with my vision therapist Karen. She was funny, caring and very positive and supportive about my therapy. She always developed an enjoyable and fun way to practice my eye activities. She always ensured I understood what I needed to do and was comfortable with the homework. At the end of my eye therapy everything was easy. I achieved all my goals I set. It just seemed easier in general. I felt that I wanted to read more, and I am able to read for longer periods of time. School became easier and I was willing to do stuff that I wasn’t willing to do before because I couldn’t do it properly. Vision therapy changed my life, and I am thankful for everything they have taught me and will miss my weekly sessions with them.


sara

Sara
Sara was having frequent headaches, reading comprehension declining and we noticed a decrease in her school marks. We were shocked to learn just how bad her vision was and the impact it was having on her. After her first few weeks with Reena, we noticed that she complained less of headaches. A few months in her handwriting was greatly improved. Her coordination improved and she became less accident prone. It’s remarkable how much energy she was putting into holding it all together. We saw a real change in her attitude as her vision changed. Initially we were skeptical about Vision Therapy but now I can definitely attest that it has been beneficial for our daughter. Infrequent headaches are our best/happiest result.

adalyn

Adalyn
Focusing on my teachers and participating in class, because of this I was not getting the grades my parents knew I could get. Ever since I started eye therapy, I have been improving rapidly. I have been able to pay attention not only in class but at home too. I will admit I did not always want to do my eye exercises but it all payed off. Thanks to my eye therapist my grades have improved, and my life has changed. Now as I leave eye therapy, I am not only leaving with amazing grades but I’m leaving with confidence for the future. It is going to be hard leaving because Reena is not only my eye therapist, but she is one of my best friends. So, thank you eye therapy! I’m going to miss you!


jayden

Jayden
Before Vision Therapy, Jayden was having problems with reading, some coordination skills, some (baby reflex) problems. He worked very hard alongside his coaches, and he was able to get rid of most of those reflexes. He seems better coordinated and is reading better.

mikayla

Mikayla
Before Vision Therapy, Mikayla was having problems with concussion recovery. We had tried a variety of therapies before we met with Dr. Dolman. She was able to examine Mikayla’s vision and explain to us why Mikayla was continuing to have problems. Reena was able to take these results and provide Mikayla with exercises that gave her just the right amount of challenges to improve her vision at just the right pace. We were also able to give a vision report to the school so that they could make accommodations that would benefit Mikayla the most. I cannot say enough good things about KW Neurovision. Their kindness and expertise changed our lives. We are so thankful! 5 stars.


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Rebekah
Before Vision Therapy, Rebekah was having problems with: headaches, schoolwork, bumping into things, aligning things, and her eyes tired easily.

“It was a lot of hard work: we had to do our exercises every night and I usually didn’t want to. But at the end, I realized that it was all worthwhile especially when my eyes got stronger. I don’t get tired eyes anymore or headaches, and I’m not bumping into things anymore. I did it in 9 months and I think you can too! Reena and Dr. Dolman were very helpful throughout my sessions and very understanding and patient!”

todd

Todd's Story
Before vision therapy, Todd L. was having problems with pain from reading and focusing.

My vision was thrown off after having a concussion. Vision was not getting better through regular concussion therapy. Reading would trigger massive pain. Light exercise would trigger pain.

Since the program, pain is gone when reading, focusing, and doing normal activities. My vision feels more like it did before my concussion. Doing therapy has gotten me back on track. It has helped in my day to day and has assisted with me getting back to work.


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Cynthia's Story
Before vision therapy, Cynthia Sullisfd was having problems with the post-concussion syndrome.

I had a minor accident where I hit my head above my left temple resulting in a concussion. I think since the injury was so close to my eye the majority of my symptoms were visual. Severe light sensitivity, especially at night and in fluorescent lighting,  and difficulty with peripheral movement. I have also experienced headaches and migraines, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and balance issues. It has been very challenging for me to integrate back into my career when I work unusual hours and nights in a health care environment.

Initially, after my concussion, I was in physiotherapy in a concussion specialty clinic. The exercises suggested worsened my symptoms. The environment was difficult for me to manage and I often needed days to recover from appointments. I was highly discouraged and after felt blamed for my inability to improve quickly (and on their schedule).

Kim Dolman’s clinic was suggested to me by a former client of hers, and also by my optometrist. Although apprehensive from my previous care experiences, I felt immediately comfortable with Kim and Reena (my vision therapist). The experience was affirming, supportive, and paced to match my exercises with what I could tolerate. I felt capable again. Overall the vision therapy program has amazed me (as a fellow health care provider). It has a philosophy of practice, support of clients and their choices, and excellence in current practice and research.

My improvement has been gradual but progressive. My anxiety has been steadily decreasing, as has my sympathetic nervous system response to most physical exercise is done slowly — hiking, swimming, and cycling.

Although my light and noise sensitivity continues to improve very slowly – I have good hope to see continued progress in my second set of 12 sessions. I fell indebted to Reena especially for her gentle approach and capacity to provide encouragement.

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Landon
Before starting Vision Therapy, Landon was having some struggles that were impacting his success at school. He was behind grade level in reading, his printing was often hard to read, and his teacher described some of his assignments as looking like “a traffic jam” with no organization of cohesion. To top it all off, he suffered from frequent headaches. We had worked hard with Landon at home to try to improve his skills but we weren’t seeing a different just increased frustration on both his part and ours.

Since investing our time into Vision Therapy, Landon has grown tremendously in all his previous areas of struggle while also improving in areas we hadn’t even noticed needed room for improvement. The weekly session and nightly homework activities seemed daunting at first, but after a few weeks, we fell into an easy routine and it just became a regular part of his day. Many of the activities were like games or challenges where he could try to beat his old time or challenge one of his parents. For our active and competitive boy, this was perfect to maintain his interest and motivation.

The therapists he worked with were always positive and patient so Landon grew very comfortable working with them. For anyone considering whether or not Vision Therapy will be worthwhile, I would highly suggest they don’t delay and move forward with it. It was definitely worth the investment to see the improvements and confidence Landon has gained from his Vision Therapy experience.