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Our mission is to help each patient reach their own personal goals through an improved visual system.
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The Impact of Concussion on Vision is the latest installment from the VisionHelp Group that brings together leading experts in vision development and rehabilitation along with the personal side of this issue because a young woman, Abby, tells her story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
One in 12 children struggle with serious vision problems that cause reading and learning problems yet those same children will pass the standard vision tests. Collin is one of these children who endured the struggle with frustration and lowself-esteem, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
A brand new and uniquely informative video from some of the leading US experts in the field of developmental vision who speak about the human brain and how vision problems can lead to reading and learning problems. This video also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Too many patients who have a “mild concussion” exacerbate into a more severe brain injury, resulting in severe visual problems, often weeks and months after the injury. To emphasize this serious public health issue, The Colloege of Optometrists in Vision... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Frustrating? Yes. Upsetting? Of course! When a bright young lady has struggled for years at school, only to be assumed she had ADD. And just because her teacher suggested her behavior was probably ADD does not mean her teacher was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) affects 1 in 30 children worldwide! In this short video take a look at Clinical Professor, Dr. Dan Fortenbacher as he lectured to the students and faculty at Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) on July 26, 2013.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Jayce's Story...Hear from a young boy's mother how vision therapy gave him a new outlook on reading and learning. Like so many children, when struggle turns to ease and success the emotional outcome is confidence! Too many children fight a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Using Skype to help a long distance patient have access to care is an emerging new technology at Wow Vision Therapy. In this short video, we show our patient James and his parents, Joel and Gina, and their 700 mile... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
For those families whose child has esotropia strabismus, crossed-eyes, here is Aloise’s story. See the surprising chain of events that lead to Aloise’s parents finding out about vision therapy and the marvelous changes that they never expected! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Watch this short video to learn about VisionHelp, a group of developmental optometrists who are focused on raising awareness for developmental vision and vision therapy! Our very own founder of Wow Vision Therapy, Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, O.D, FCOVD has been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
In this short video you will see 6 year old Aloise overcoming her constant right esotropia (crossed eye). Take a look at Aloise show off her emerging ability to consciously straighten her eyes. This important "motor fusion" ( eye muscle... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Take a look at AJ's story and you will see how a child with developmental delays can also have vision-related delays that interfere with many areas of life. AJ is not alone as children with delayed vision development will typically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
"Developmental delays" is a common diagnosis for many children in our care at Wow Vision Therapy. In addition to office-based optometric vision therapy, helping children with developmental delays often requires a multidisciplinary approach, including occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Nathan is a child who had a history of significant developmental delays. Before vision therapy he struggled with hyperactivity, lack of focus, poor balance and difficulty with gross and fine motor ability. But, now thanks to early intervention and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Thank you Amber for your thoughtful comment and question. Actually, there is a plethora of good research that proves that vision therapy is effective. For a good article that addresses this question that also includes links to authoritative sites, The VisionHelp Group posted on their website, The Snake Oil Myth: The "gold standard" you mentioned, is when the research is double blind, prospective, multicenter and randomized. And yes, the CITT Study on Convergence Insufficiency met that "gold standard". It also was the culmination of 10 years of preliminary research that set the stage for the major study, funded by NIH and the National Eye Institute for over $6.1 million. The study, published in the American Medical Associations journal, Archives of Ophthalmology in October 2008 proved that office-based vision therapy was effective in the treatment of Convergence Insufficiency and that home-based computer programs done alone and/or pencil pushup activities are not effective. So, why is there not more examples of the model used for the CITT Study on Convergence Insufficiency? A project of the CITT magnitude take years and since they are not funded by drug companies, it takes private and public funding to bring to fruition. But, even though the "gold standard" is the example of the highest level of scientific validation, it is not to suggest that good research does not exist to show efficacy of vision, when in fact it does. One good source on the efficacy of office-based vision therapy is at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development:
Most educational meetings for doctors involve presentations on the latest research and clinical insights by other doctors. But, at this year’s Annual Michigan Vision Therapy Study Group Meeting on February 8, 2013, the audience of doctors and vision therapists had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
The VisionHelp Group just produced and launched this 2 minute video to help the public understand how 3-D movies can be difficult to watch for individuals with binocular vision problems. Wonderfully done...take a look and enjoy Bobby's story! Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
Drs. Fortenbacher, Stull and Tran presented a lecture to the Annual Michigan Vision Therapy Study Group on February 8, 2013 outlining the latest research in visual neuroscience and techniques to treat ambyopia regardless of age and without an emphasis on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
How does vision therapy help a patient who has suffered a visual field loss due to a stroke? Take a look at our patient Darlene who just complete her vision rehabilitation. She tells her story best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
One of the major obstacles in public awareness of Convergence Insufficiency is that this condition is clearly not a household word. Parents whose school-age child is newly diagnosed with CI frequently will ask, “Why did no one recognize this in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
This video shows how our patients are applying their vision to help teachers and kids in classrooms obtain special tools for better learning opportunities. For the past several weeks we have been organizing a competition involving some of ...our patients... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
This week kicks off the start of the Wow Vision Therapy Challenge to support children's education. Our goal is to help children's education projects through in our region. We are pleased to announce that our first selected project is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
When a child has trouble with binocular vision they will often experience headaches associated with reading and doing homework. But, who to say it better than the patient? In this 1.5 minute short video you will hear 6 of our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
At age 6.3 Hendrick was referred by his occupational therapist in South Bend, IN with a diagnosis of PDD NOS and high functioning autism. At his first examination with Dr. Fortenbacher, his mother reported that Hendrick would "melt down" when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2012 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog
In our effort to continue to improve the patient and public awareness of what vision therapy can do to help those with a need, we offer this, our latest video which answers many of the questions that, over the years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at The Wow Vision Therapy Blog