The saga begins in Kindergarten, when a bright, strong minded little girl goes off to school. Having been through a Pre-K program, she was not nervous or afraid. Coloring was fun; reading was not. Writing words off the chalkboard became such an unbearable task that she would not do assignments that required more than 15 words. When the Kindergarten teacher sent home “The Note” stating that this child was lazy, unmotivated and didn’t pay attention we were beside ourselves as parents as to what she was thinking and why she refused to try any harder.

As the years went by we attended teacher conference after teacher conference. The all said the same thing – Smart kid who just doesn’t apply herself…easily distracted…not our problem.

By fourth grade she was identified through a vision screening at school, as nearsighted, and we were directed to visit an optometrist. The Dr. said she was in fact farsighted and needed reading glasses. The prescription was given, glasses were made, and never worn. Problems continued to the year.

Alas, I have a sister who is an optometrist who had just completed training in vision therapy. When visiting the sister, she tested Corry’s eyes and did some “extra” tests to see if her suspicions were correct that Corry had more trouble than just being far-sighted.

To close the story quickly – All the years from K-5 Corry was not developing the visual skills that she needed to meet the demands and rigors of a student, athlete, and musician. By not being able to focus or change her focus from near to far and back her school performance was impacted. By being told she was lazy and unmotivated, she became unmotivated and her self-esteem dropped until she didn’t care to try any more.

Vision Therapy has enabled her to “see” at school, in the gym (she is a competitive gymnast) and while playing Violin (look at music, fingers and conductor). VY has improved her ability to concentrate, balance, and believe that she is the best that she can be.

As a PTA president, I intend to get better vision screening into our public schools to help parents identify similar situations with their children and offer them referrals so that they can save their children and themselves the ordeal that we have endured.

Written by Corry's mother