My heart was touched and my feet will be warm thanks to theåÊhandcrafted gift that was created by our adult vision therapy patient,åÊJulie Gibson. JulieåÊpresented today foråÊher 3 month post-vision therapy progress evaluation and this is her story.
Julie was originally referred to me about 7 months ago by her primary care optometrist, Dr. Henry Bausback in Michigan City for a condition of adult convergence insufficiency (CI). With this binocular vision problem, Julie had visual symptoms that interfered with many activities in her life. She experienced difficulty with intermittent double vision when working as a hair stylist but she could compensate by just standing further away from her clients. But, what really bothered Julie was the difficulty, eye strain and double vision she experienced when attempting to do what she loved most…heråÊhobbyåÊ- quilting and knitting.
After Julie completed her office-based vision therapy with our office in July 2010 she was doing very well. Her visual symptoms were gone! But, to be sure thatåÊheråÊvisual brain had acquired theåÊtreatment goal ofåÊ”automaticity” she was advised to discontinue all home-basedåÊvision therapy activities and return in 3 months for a progressåÊevaluation. Today (October 19, 2010) was her 3 month progress evaluation. She had followed my instructions of discontinuing all home-based vision therapy activities which is the standard protocol after completing office-based vision therapy at Wow Vision Therapy.
While I anticipated Julie would do well at her 3 month progress check, and she did, maintaining all of her binocular vision skills in the tests, what really surprised me was her thank you card and her hand-made gift! Now that Julie no longer has double vision she thoroughly enjoys her hobby and in appreciation, knitted me a pair of Alpaca socks! As winter approaches here in Michigan this will really be appreciated.
Attached to the gift was a thank you card written by Julie. Here is what she wrote:
“Thank you so much for your excellence in eye care! I am so thankful for all that you and your staff have done for me and my eyes. Because of my hobbies, I came to your office. It seems appropriate that you should be able to share in my “singular” vision! Thanks again and God Bless, Julie Gibson.”
Julie’såÊthoughtful gift is another reminder of how patients (children as well as adults)åÊwith undetected convergence insufficiency muståÊbe identified and provided appropriate treatment. Julie’såÊacquisition of single binocular vision unleased her ability to enjoy an extension of her creative potential… and that’såÊhow “singular” vision can warm the feet!
Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD