MUNCY – Dr Marcus Myers, with his team of four, has worked to help patients of all ages with vision and learning problems in school, double vision and losing their place in reading thanks to physical therapy to create “Incredible changes” in their lives over the past 10 years.
âAs a student in school of optometry, I saw a number of children who had difficulty in school and were subsequently diagnosed with vision problems. Later, school was different for these children when vision was no longer an obstacle â, Myers said. âWe at the center are an ophthalmologist and a group of reading teachers who help children with vision problems that interfere with schoolwork. We also work with adults, especially those with concussion who have double vision or balance issues after hitting their heads.
Today, the office continues to make changes using new equipment to help patients after stroke and other head injuries, which a typical ophthalmologist’s office cannot do.
“We have a large, partially rounded television screen with special glasses and software that creates large three-dimensional images,” Myers said. âBy doing eye exercises like crossing and uncrossing the eyes, we can make symptoms go away – by working on eye coordination with tools like this. Treatment involves a form of physical therapy for the eyes and the brain.
The center assesses patients by looking at eye tracking, binocularity, amblyopia, concussions, other head injuries and convergence insufficiency, according to Suzanne Lenio, vision therapist.
“Assessment examines a lot of things that a regular vision assessment cannot determine” said Lenio.
The center will host its first free visual skills screening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the South Main Street office, Muncy. People of all ages who wish to participate can call the office for a 10-minute time slot for a screening, although the office still accepts appointments.
Some of Myers ‘patients make it up to two hours’ drive to the center, according to Shelley Minotti, office manager and therapy coordinator, who has worked at the center since it opened.
“It goes beyond the need for glasses and 20/20 vision” said Minotti.
As the success of the past 10 years continues to grow at the center, Minotti added that she hopes the business grows.
“I hope to see it expand and help more children and adults in our community with vision problems that impact their daily lives and education.” she said. “I hope patients continue to grow stronger and see them reach their true potential – to see another door open for them.”
The center works to give patients the opportunity to experience their own success, Minotti said. At the end of the patient’s treatment, he has the opportunity to write down his success story and share it with the community.
“We get to know our patients very well, we are like a family”, said Minotti.
“I will work this job as long as I can” said Lenio. âI’ll do it because it’s rewarding – parents and kids are so grateful. People who have seen double no longer see double. People who have headaches don’t, and teachers and parents report how much better their children are in school after they finish eye therapy.
Laurie Jones, of Sunbury, shared her son’s progress in vision therapy since being diagnosed with cataract in his right eye.
âSince starting eye therapy, my son now picks up books to look at, draws pictures, and I’ve noticed he’s not that awkward on his feet. I have noticed positive progress forward â, she said. “Honestly, I can’t say thank you enough to Dr Myers and the crew for their kindness, helpfulness and success with William.”