Brian Pothier was just traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. In a news story that appeared in the News Observer he talks about the vision therapy he got that was a key to him getting back to continuing his career.
In March of this year ESPN did a story on the collaborative work that Susan Duram, OD and I did with a member of the Washington Capitals, Brian Pothier. Brian had not played hockey for nearly 14 months secondary to his fourth concussion. Sue had examined Brian and gotten him started with some glasses and asked me to see what else could be done. After only a few vision therapy sessions he was working out again, went to the Hershey Bears to play a few games and ultimately contributed to the Washington Captials besting the NY Rangers in 7 games and losing to last years’ NHL Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian is playing at as high or at even a higher level of play than before he left the game and he credits vision therapy with many of these gains. His story has led to other players and members of the public finding out about what behavioral vision care can offer head injury sufferers. Brian is to be commended for sharing his story with the public. Here is a link to the Washington Times story just prior to Brian’s return.
Older Children Can Benefit From Treatment For Childhood’s Most Common Eye Disorder; lazy eye!
Surprising results from a nationwide clinical trial show that many children age seven through 17 with amblyopia (lazy eye) may benefit from treatments that are more commonly used on younger children.
Mayo Clinic researchers, as part of a nine-site study, helped discover the best of three currently-used treatments for convergence insufficiency in children. Convergence refers to the natural ability of the eyes to focus and align while viewing objects up close. Children with convergence insufficiency tend to have blurred or double vision or headaches and corresponding issues in reading and concentrating, which ultimately impact learning. The findings, published today in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, show children improve faster with structured therapy sessions in a doctor’s office, with reinforcement eye exercises at home.
In “Buffalo Times – Hardwick A Healing Town” series, Nancy Schade interviews Hemma Winter of Visual Strategies/Vision Therapy of Vermont.
Brian Dennis at a vision therapy session in Bethesda, Md.
By JUDITH WARNER
Published: March 10, 2010
If you’re the parent of a child who’s having trouble learning or behaving in school, you quickly find yourself confronted with a series of difficult choices.
You can do nothing — and watch your child flounder while teachers register their disapproval. Or you can get help, which generally means, first, an expensive and time-consuming evaluation, then more visits with more specialists, intensive tutoring, therapies, perhaps, or, as is often the case with attention issues, drugs.
For many parents — particularly the sorts of parents who are skeptical of mainstream medicine and of the intentions of what one mother once described to me as “the learning-disability industrial complex” — this experience is an exercise in frustration and alienation.
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Samantha Contis for The New York Times