COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Our eyes are supposed to work together.
Each records an image.
Your brain fuses those images together.
That simple system can break down for a variety of reasons.
Vision therapy can get everything on the same page.
It helped a local boy in the classroom and the soccer pitch.
Seth Swain is a smart, outgoing and athletic ten year old boy.
He is finishing up a series of visual exercises at Snider Therapy Center in Columbus.
Seth explains, ” (it helped) My reading and my writing, my penmanship and I learned how to do that better from vision therapy.”
Seth and his older brother both struggled with eye tracking issues.
It’s a problem that can be subtle and hard to pinpoint, if you don’t know what to look for.
Seth’s mom Rebecca explains, ” His words would run together when he was reading. Like, I don’t think his words would really jump off the page, like some people’s do, but I do think his letters ran together and he wasn’t able to comprehend like he can now.”
Therapy can even be fun.
Seth’s balance and coordination are put to the test on the beam and the trampoline.
Everything serves a purpose.
Seth says, ” Helped me use stuff in my head.”
I asked, ” You can do math problems better in your head now?”
Seth responded, ” Uh-hum.”
Seth is thriving, and so is his brother.
Rebecca explains, ” From a 22 year old to a 10 year old, we have seen major differences in both our boys, and if I had a chance to do it all over again I’d do it again and again and again.”
Seth concludes,” It’s just more fun since I know how to do stuff more clearly.”
And once Seth is finished he will likely never need vision therapy again.
Symptoms of an undiagnosed vision or sensory problem include headaches, sloppy handwriting and a short attention span.