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Mark has always been a super smart boy, but when it came to reading he would struggle.  He would move his head when he read, skip, reread, or omit words, used his finger as a marker and had poor handwriting.  In addition, he would often get headaches.       During the first four years of school (from ages 6-10) Mark and his parents visited the eye doctor several times.  They were convinced that there was something “not quite right” with his eyes.  Each eye doctor visit had a different result, none of which helped.  Finally, after a couple of years of constant visits, they got lucky.  A new eye doctor moved to the island (they lived in Sicily, Italy at the time, dad was in the Navy). This doctor was pretty fresh. He listened a little closer and looked a little deeper.  He suggested that Mark may have something called convergence insufficiency, and that he would need to go to a specialist.  When we arrived in the Charleston area, the second thing on our “to do list” (the first being moving in to our home) was to find a good eye specialist. The Draisin Vision Group came highly recommended.  Dr. Draisin was very kind and gentle. He made Mark feel comfortable.  He listened to what we had to say.  He examined Mark’s eyes, then sent him on his way….feeling quite confident that he was a perfect kid!  Dr. Draisin took his parents aside and explained what he had found.  Allowing them to ask questions and get more information without Mark feeling bad or worrying about anything.  Indeed, Mark did have convergence insufficiency which meant he had problems with words appearing double and blurred when he tried to read-no wonder reading was such a struggle! Dr. Draisin prescribed a program of vision therapy which they started right away.  This is what mom had to share after they completed the vision therapy program:   Less than a month after starting vision therapy the Wednesday folders came home. Mark’s dad pulled out a paper. A big old 100 was on that page!  His ability to understand increased, his work ethic improved, his writing got better…not only in neatness, but also in detail, his general attitude and demeanor became more calm and pleasant, his sports ability improved. Mark is now one of the top two in his class for AR points (accelerated reading program).  If you happen to catch him between assignments at school, you’ll see him reading a book under his desk.  If you ever see him with a little bit of free time, and no book is present, you can bet he is working on writing a story in his folder.  He brings home lots of 100%’s these days, and he falls asleep almost every night with a book in his hand.”

Anderson's Story

Dear Dr. Smith, Diane, and Draisin Staff: Your work and therapies with Anderson have been nothing short of miraculous! In 2007 and prior, he was deemed “Gifted” in Georgia and tested off the chars (ITBScore 99%, etc.). Around 2008-09 however, his…

Anderson's Story (11)

THANK YOU to Dr. Smith and Diann and the ENTIRE DVG TEAM!!! My son officially completed his vision therapy yesterday. He had eye muscle surgery at 4 and after several years of perfect check-ups we realized he had not converged, etc….grades dropped,…

Andi's Story

Dear Dr. Draisin: Thank you so much for providing me with vision therapy. I first came for an appointment because I was having terrible headaches at school almost every day. The headaches were so bad that I dreaded going to school because I knew I…

Anna's Story (6)

Our firstborn daughter, Anna, has always loved books. Every nap and bedtime routine began with a story. Not to mention many sweet moments in between. She has always been very independent as well. Always proud and able to show what she can do by…

Benjamin's Story (5)

Benjamin was first diagnosed with a lazy eye in the summer of 2003. He was 5 years old and had a series of falls prior to his diagnosis. He would frequently miss curbs or any fluctuation in the terrain. He would fall hard and not even put out his…

Beth's Story (54)

I strongly recommend anyone who is suffering with balance issues, especially sensitivity to movement, crowds, lights, etc. to contact the Draisin Vision Group to see how Vision Therapy can help improve the quality of your life. The Day the World…

Bree's Story (25)

Vision therapy has changed my life. Before therapy I avoided reading out loud, had low self-esteem, had difficulty comprehending written material, and suffered from severe headaches. Since completing therapy, the most dramatic change has been in my…

Cadence's Story (5)

We first noticed the turning of Cadence’s eye right around her first birthday. The turn was not 100% of the time, but as the weeks passed, it became more and more apparent that there was a problem and it was not going away on its own. During that…

Carrie's Story (13)

I would like to thank you for what you have done. Before my eye therapy, I wouldn’t read at all. Including homework, book assignments, or just to read for the fun of it. I hated math, with all the numbers and symbols. On top of all that, I was in an…

Cecelia's Story

Vision Therapy November of 2008 our household was struggling. Our daughter has always been a go getter. She excelled early in life. She started walking at 7 months. As parents we thought it was great but have since learned we might have made an…

Christina's Story (6)

Before vision therapy, Christina was having problems with sitting still in school and getting homework done. The school’s first reaction was she must have ADHD. I was not going to accept the standard answer. We had an eye appointment coming up and…

D. Scott’s Story

Scott ended K-5 and First Grade as an Honor Student and enjoyed school so we looked forward to continued success. Second grade, however, began with 30 min. homework assignments that took Scott two (pain-staking, supervised) hours to complete. He…

Daniel's Story (8)

Vision Therapy at the Draisin Vision Group gave my son, Daniel, an educational future and I want to thank Dr. Draisin and his staff for all they have done for my son. Daniel’s reading problems began to surface in the first grade. Although he was a…

David's Story

Dear Dr. Draisin and Vision Therapy Staff, We came to Charleston for the winter months from New York. Shortly after arriving, David suffered a stroke. Because of the visual field loss he suffered, David was having a great deal of difficulty…

Eileen's Story (64)

The day before Thanksgiving, 2011, I was sent to the ER having experienced several days of unexplained trembling along with other issues. The attending physician insisted, against our hesitation, that I have a heart catheterization done for, what we…

Grace's Story (4)

In kindergarten, our daughter was progressing well with all academic areas. Then, to our surprise, we received a call on the last day of school, stating that Grace had not passed a standardized reading test after being tested twice and would be…

Helen's Story (71)

I had a stroke in my right eye and lost 90% of her vision in that eye. Everything went upside down – I felt like I was losing control. I lost my independence and felt out of place. I was fearful to do the things I use to do because I couldn’t see.…

Herbert's Story (72)

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to your and your Vision Therapy staff for the wonderful therapy that I received over the last night months. The Vision Therapy staff was successful in correcting the double and blurred…

Isabel's Story (7)

When my daughter, at 7 years old, started complaining of seeing double and fuzzy, I took her to have an eye exam thinking glasses will fix this issue. At the exam, it was discovered the Isabel had strabismus and convergence insufficiency, meaning…

Jacob's Story (4)

Beth and I appreciate deeply what you and your staff have been able to for our son, Jake. The progress he has made in almost all areas of school, athletics and social skills has been remarkable since beginning vision therapy. Jake was in K-4 and…

Jake’s Story

We first noticed that Jake was having trouble with schoolwork in Kindergarten. He kept reversing his letters and numbers. He had difficulty with reading and writing that didn’t match the grasp of vocabulary and language that we saw in other areas.…

James' Story (10)

Our son, James, loved to read and had a great vocabulary. But he began to fall behind in comprehension as the amount of required reading increased, the print got smaller, and the pictures fewer. He also had great difficulty with fine motor skills.…

James' Story (8)

We have twin boys Jackson and James that are now eleven. During the spring of the second grade we noticed James had trouble reading from the board and writing. We took him to our eye doctor and he was given a vision test. His vision was fine. Our…

James' Story (9)

Since beginning vision training, James has become aware of how much his vision problems have impacted every aspect of his life. His participation in this program, combined with his occupational therapy, has allowed him an independence as a learner.…

Jeremey's Story (30)

I am 30 years old, married with two young children and currently attending college online at Ashford University and will soon graduate with a BA in Business Management and have already registered for a Masters in Organizational Management at the…

Jeremy's Story (13)

The Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote: To add to truth is to subtract from the truth. So, we’ll be pithy. The exceptional eye care DVG has provided us has greatly improved our quality of life. Further, we regard them as consummate…

Jeremy’s Story

My name is Jeremy Van Pinxteren. I am 23 years old, married, and currently attending Trident Technical College with the goal of being a veterinarian. I was diagnosed by Dr. Draisin with Convergence Insufficiency. All through grade school I HATED to…

John's Story (6)

My happy-go-lucky son John changed almost overnight. First grade was hard, as it is for many children when they transition from kindergarten. Yet, there was something very different about it for John. He was irritable and had low self-esteem. His…

John's Story (70)

I recently completed nine months of vision therapy to correct my double vision problem and I wish to thank the doctors and staff at DVG for the improvement I have experienced. I was referred to the office by my optometrist when I complained of…

Josh's Story

When Josh was in kindergarten, his teacher would comment that Josh was an extremely bright boy, but for some reason he had trouble learning to read. He had difficulty learning the sounds each letter of the alphabet made. On the other hand, he could…

Kamey's Story

Thank You, Dr. Draisin! Vision Therapy changed my life! In second grade I was having trouble paying attention in school. Most people thought I was a daydreamer. In elementary school, I was put into remedial classes and grouped with children who were…

Katie's Story

I want to take this opportunity to thank Draisin Vision and their wonderful staff for all their support and encouragement during my recovery.To make a long story short, I was in an automobile accident which involved a severe head injury requiring…

Kellsey's Story (6)

My child participated in the vision therapy program designed for her after we realized she was not making the reading progress expected for a first grader and her spelling skills were practically non-existent. As an elementary school teacher, I knew…

Lily’s Story

I want to give you an update on my daughter Lily, now 13 ½ years old. We all feel as if a miracle has occurred – thanks to Dr. Draisin’s correct diagnosis of “convergence insufficiency,” followed by Vision Training with the experts at Draisin Vision…

Luke's Story (9)

Luke has attended Vision Therapy for nine months. The therapy sessions have taken place while Luke has attended school full time. He was diagnosed in August with dysfunction in all areas of visual processing. His performance at the beginning of the…

Mark's Story (11)

Mark has always been a super smart boy, but when it came to reading he would struggle. He would move his head when he read, skip, reread, or omit words, used his finger as a marker and had poor handwriting. In addition, he would often get headaches.…

Mary's Story (45)

Before Vision Therapy, after a period of reading for a time, it would be difficult focusing at any distance. It didn’t matter where I looked, near or far. Since this began years ago, it had gotten worse over the years, requiring less reading time to…

Matthew's Story (8)

We would like to thank Dr. Draisin, you and all the ladies in the Vision Therapy Center for the wonderful job you do. Our son, Matthew, spent six months in vision therapy with you and the difference that has made in his life in incredible. From…

Michelle’s Story

A Story of Success: A Long Time In Coming Where to start… it all began with a school eye exam in kindergarten, 1985. The school told my mom to take me in for an eye exam, I needed glasses. So for months we went to optometrist after optometrist…

Morgan's Story (8)

When Morgan was in 2nd grade, I started noticing that she was not progressing as well in reading and math as her twin brother. She was not developing fluency and she would stumble over easy sight words. Her teacher made comments such as, “Morgan is…

Rachel ’s Story

Dr. Draisin and the Vision Therapy Group, I would first like to thank all of you for your help in allowing me to start my second year in physical therapy school at MUSC. I first came to Draisin Vision in February 2008 because I was struggling in…

Ronald's Story

Draisin Vision Group: Before vision therapy my quality of life was not up to its potential. I constantly saw double and had no interest in reading. Due my seeing everything double, driving was extremely difficult for me. The lines on the road…

Sarah's Story

To the Draisin Vision Therapy Staff: I am compelled to thank you for your tremendous work with my daughter, Sarah. She has gained a new lease on life, because of your help and dedication through vision therapy. When she arrived for treatment of her…

Taylor's Story (12)

I first started having trouble reading when I was in the third grade. By the time I was in 7th, my reading troubles really began to affect my grades. I was having trouble focusing in class and making C’s and D’s in school. I originally went to the…

Walton's Story (6)

Vision Therapy has definitely helped Walton’s focus and has allowed him to pursue and improve his reading skills. He also complains less of dizziness and nausea. Walton wasn’t reading at all before Vision Therapy and would cry and scream when we…