.....When parents have to search for answers to their children's struggles, they want to shout from the rooftops when they find a real solution. They want to help other parents and families so those families don't have to struggle. Mrs. Robin Benoit and her daughter, Jillian, are two such people.
According to Jillian's fourth grade teacher, even though Jillian was very bright, her academic performance was lagging behind. She had poor handwriting, left many of her class assignments unfinished, skipped words when she read out loud, would daydream during silent reading, and was consistently going to the restroom during math.
Jillian had been diagnosed with amblyopia (also known as lazy eye) but despite following the treatment prescribed by the ophthalmologist she continued to struggle with reading, spelling, and math. Her mom started searching the internet for information regarding vision and learning. Her pediatrician and ophthalmologist were not supportive when Mrs. Benoit thought she found the answer to her daughter's problem. But she followed her heart and continued pushing forward to help Jillian. This push led Mrs. Benoit to optometric vision therapy and a developmental optometrist who was able to help Jillian.
The results from optometric vision therapy changed Jillian's life, making it possible for her to learn and do many things she'd never done before. When they learned how widespread these types of vision problems are, Jillian and her mother decided to share their story by writing a book to help other parents who are struggling with reading and learning issues, Jillian's Story: How Vision Therapy Changed My Daughter's Life.
Robin and Jillian Benoit have joined with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in promoting its 16th Annual August is National Children's Vision & Learning Month Campaign to help bring awareness to this vital issue. In addition, the Benoits are helping COVD gather inspirational stories from parents and children across the globe that were helped by optometric vision therapy as part of the "Visions of Hope" video contest.
Optometric Vision Therapy changes thousands of lives every year. It has helped students read and write better, athletes win more games, and people of all ages do much more throughout the day. Many people who experience the life-changing power of vision therapy share their story with friends and relatives. Like the Benoits, they feel so strongly about the benefits of vision therapy that they write emails, letters, and even books about their success. This is how significant improvements in vision can be.....