Wareham Optometrist Geoff Shayler presented his latest research at this prestigous International Conference.
In his presentation, Geoff was able to demonstrate how special lenses and vision therapy improves brain function in children with learning/reading difficulties. This is the first time anyone has been able to provide evidence based research that these cortical changes occur and actually normalise after completing a program of vision therapy.
Annette Brooke (Lib Dem MP for Mid Dorset & North Poole) visited Internationally renowned Shaylers Vision Centre in Wareham
Annette Brooke MP, OBE, joined Loraine and Geoff Shayler this week to talk about the extensive research they have carried out over the past 17 years at Shaylers Vision Centre in Wareham.
Following her visit, Annette Brooke stated “that I found my visit extremely interesting and I shall be discussing Geoff's work with a whole range of organisations that I meet regularly with in Parliament. There are so many possible applications covering different age groups but I shall make a start in my capacity of vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual impairment”
A very moving interview with former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, regarding her daughter, Luci who had vision therapy for dyslexia
"Luci had long had an eye condition, now the well-known name for it is dyslexia. But there are many, many forms of that, where what you see doesn’t get translated to the brain in quite the way it should.
It used to be a puzzle to her teachers and to us, that this child that we thought was so bright would not make good grades. And the teachers would talk to me about it and I would take her to the best eye doctors that I could, according to what my peers, the wives of other congressmen and senators, told me was the best eye doctor they’d found.
And they’d say, “Nothing the matter.” Finally–no, this was even after this time–she fell into the hands of the doctor who finally discovered her ailment, was maybe after Lyndon became vice president. So it may have been still a year in the future.
But it’s something that I want to tell a little bit about, because that lady doctor who took care of Kennedy — Janet Travail directed her, I think, as I recall, to a doctor, and his name I will too remember in a few minutes, because he has remained our lifelong friend.
[He] figured out what it was, gave her a series of eye exercises that changed her whole life and personality, because she became an achiever up to her mental capacity, her very remarkable mental capacity, whereas before, because of this eye problem, she had just kind of been stunted, and frustrated, and angry. It changed her personality, her rate of performance; it was a wonderful blessing.”
The interviewer asks: Was it eye exercises only that changed it? Then the name of the optometrist comes back to Lady Bird and she continues: “Dr. [Robert] Kraskin. I do not know what. It was treatments; a large part of it were eye exercises, I think.
And whatever he did, it was a boon, principally to Luci, but just as much, almost, to her mother and the rest of the family. And that is a digression.
But — “The interviewer interjects: Well, it’s a good one. And Lady Bird concludes: ” — in our life it was an important one.”