One of the most rewarding aspects of providing vision therapy is seeing how passionate that patients and parents becoming in advocating its benefits. Few have had as grand a vision and made such a difference as Robin Benoit and her daughter, Jillian.
So I was honored when they asked to interview me for their new book, Dear Jillian: Vision Therapy Changed My Life Too. Robin and Jillian knew that I was passionate about vision therapy, in part because I myself had gone through it as an optometry school student . They are the author’s of Jillian’s Story, which has become famous in children’s eye care circles for detailing life before, during, and after vision therapy. Since the book came out, I have had the pleasure of working with Robin and Jillian on several worthwhile projects, including this interview that I did with them in 2010.
I am joined by many, varied success stories in Dear Jillian. Adults and kids, from all over the country. As Jillian writes:
“I am not a one-in-a-million case. Countless people of all ages have been through vision therapy and it has changed their lives for the better. I hope this book will open the eyes of those who have rejected vision therapy. Thank you to everyone who wrote to me and shared their vision therapy success. You are the reason our book is titled Dear Jillian.”
You can read a lot more about Jillian’s Story and Dear Jillian on their website http://www.jilliansstory.com. Also, like their Facebook Page.
Don’t forget, Dear Jillian makes a great Christmas gift to either a person struggling with vision problems or your local library! Take advantage of the holiday sale. 🙂
PS: A great interview with Jillian was just published on VTWORKS.
By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
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At Bright Eyes Family Vision Care we love it when patients share their successes with us. Many times and they simply tell us when they come in. Sometimes they’ll write an amazing e-mail. One thing we really love is a good video!
Take for example this video of Kellan and his mom describing how vision therapy has helped him:
I’m excited to say that many other people are sharing their vision therapy success stories by video as well these days! Check out this very creative and timely one from Jillian, of Jillian’s Story. See also this very moving story of vision therapy and how much difference it made for Ann.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an organization dedicated to educating doctors and the general public about vision therapy. This summer, in conjunction with Children’s Vision and Learning Month, COVD is hosting an amazing vision therapy success story video competition called Visions of Hope video contest.
The goal of the competition is to see how many great vision therapy stories they can get on line to help share the positive impact vision therapy can have. It is exciting because the contest has already gotten lots of attention online. I can’t wait to see all the great videos that result from it!
Do you have a vision therapy success story that you want to share? Join the Vision of Hope contest! Read exactly how to submit your entry on the COVD Facebook Page. Submissions are due by August 10, so don’t dilly-dally! If you want to submit a video but have any questions or need help, do not hesitate to let me know!
Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.