WHAT VICENTE SAYS:
I am now 38 years old and working as an airline pilot. Thanks to the vision therapy that I received ten years ago, I am now able to devote myself to the profession that I love.
When I was five years old, I was found to have hyperopia and astigmatism in both eyes with strabismus and amblyopia in the left eye. At that time, my parents had not heard of visual training, so I followed the advice of ophthalmologists and I was prescribed glasses and full-time patching.
I grew up thinking that, except from the discomfort of wearing glasses, my visual problems would not prevent me from leading a normal life. This proved not to be true. Since childhood, I always wanted to dedicate myself to the profession of flying, and, at the age of 28, I had my first aviation medical examination. Until then I had not been aware that my visual defects could be a problem. I was crushed when I was told that because of my strabismus, amblyopia, and lack of binocular vision that I was declared unfit to fly a plane.
Even though I was disappointed, I decided I was not going to give up my dream of being a pilot. I decided to go to different eye doctors to get second and third opinions. One of the ophthalmologists I visited, a specialist in aeronautical vision, worked in an ophthalmology center with an optometrist. She said that there was possibility that my vision problems could possibly be improved, and she referred me for an evaluation with a behavioral optometrist, Gloria Hermida Salamanca.
Gloria explained to me that it would have been ideal to have visual training as a child. Although, even at 28 years old, it could be possible to correct visual defects, provided that I work hard in the therapy program. I came to her clinic for more than one year, and I practiced between 20-60 minutes per day at home.
The results have been incredible. At the conclusion of my vision therapy program, I passed the aviation medical examination successfully! Not only was I able to enter the profession I love, but my visual acuity improved significantly, as did my overall quality of life.
In conclusion, I can only say wonderful things about my experience with vision therapy. I cannot stop recommending it, not just to those who have similar problems to mine, but for all those who want to improve their quality of vision, either on a professional or personal level.
OPTOMETRIC DATA AND OPTOMETRIST’S COMMENTS:
Vicente was 28 years old when he came to my office. He has worn glasses full time since the age of five and was patched full-time. he reported that his visual acuity improve after wearing the patch, but that his visual acuity decreased each time after removing the patch. The cycle occurred over and over again until the patching was finally stopped. At my initial vision evaluation, I found amblyopia and esotropia, combined with a vertical deviation, a best corrected visual acuity of 20/40 in the amblyopic eye, and no stereopsis.
•Optometric vision therapy
Motivation is crucial in any rehabilitation process, and Vicente was highly motivated. The vision therapy program lasted for approximately 18 months. At the conclusion of his therapy, Vicente had 20/20 visual acuity in each eye and he developed good stereopsis. Best of all, he was able to achieve his dream to be a pilot!
This case is a good example of what is possible with hard work and the guidance of a skilled behavioral optometrist. Success can be obtained in patients with amblyopia and strabismus, and good visual acuity and stereopsis can be achieved, even in adult patients.
*（文章摘自: CROSSED & LAZY EYES MYTHS,MISCONCEPTIONS AND TRUTHS）
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