Alex lives in Gastonia, North Carolina, and is in the 5th grade. A shy Alex had his annual pediatric eye exam at Complete Eye Care in April 2017 where he complained of headaches, double vision and blurry vision at distance. It was found that his eyes were healthy and that he did not need glasses; however, it was recommended that Alex have a vision therapy evaluation to better understand his complaints of headaches and double vision.
Alex had been previously diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder (ADHD) and Dysgraphia. Alex’s parents described him as an intelligent, curious child, but could not understand why their son was reading at a 2nd grade level when he was in 5th grade. At the vision therapy evaluation, Dr. Laura Ashe discovered that Alex had a problem with eye teaming. His eyes did not work together in a coordinated fashion, especially when reading. This led to headaches and double vision, which hindered Alex from learning at his best. In turn, Alex’s ability to process what he was seeing was also impaired. This led to losing his place while reading, confusing letters such as b, d, p and q, poor spacing in handwriting and not being able to color inside the lines of a picture.
Alex successfully completed a program of vision therapy designed specifically by Dr. Laura Ashe at Complete Eye Care. Both he and his parents are amazed that he now reads at grade level, 5th grade! His handwriting has improved, as well as his ability to stay inside the lines when coloring. Alex no longer has double vision or headaches, and is less shy and much more confident when he meets new people!