When I was in grade 3, I started having trouble reading. The words would swim on the page, I’d lose my place and skip lines. My eyes and head would ache and I felt nauseous. I figured that this was normal and how reading was for everyone, I didn’t know why I was so much slower than everyone else and why it was so hard for me to understand what I read. I did everything possible to avoid reading. I also started having trouble paying attention in class and focusing. I had next to no awareness of what was going on in class at school. Coping strategies became my only way of getting through. It wasn’t until I was in university that I learned this was a vision problem. My vision became more often blurred and doubled when reading even though I had 20/20 vision.

Through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, I discovered Optometric Vision Therapy and learned that a better way is possible. I know how it feels to not feel smart because you struggle with reading. I know how it feels to be the last one picked for the gym class baseball team because you’re uncoordinated and miss the ball. I know that greater opportunity is attainable. And that is why I do this.”

– Dr. Coralee Mueller, Optometrist in Vision Development