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I want to share my experience of Vision Therapy with Syntonics at Shaylers Vision Centre due to how overwhelmed I am with the results of a 2 week therapy program, following a 5 year struggle with the NHS to get some resolution to my vision problems. I could write a novel of the last 5 years but I will try and keep this short and to the point.
Following a car accident in 2012 I started to become aware of a pulling sensation in my LE. If I gave in to the sensation I found that my eye would in fact turn in and I would get severe double vision. I had to make a conscious effort to keep my eyes ‘straight’ which in itself, caused systems such as severe eye strain, motion sickness and pain.
This was when it all began… what ended up being a very frustrating, 5 year journey around various different NHS establishments in the UK.
As time went on, whilst being passed from one Orthoptist or Ophthalmologist to another, I started to notice the problem worsening and other symptoms beginning to join the mix.
I was turned away from so many people being told there was nothing that could be done for me and that I would have to live with the conditions… what sort of a life would that be! Surgery, extremely large prisms in glasses, focussing muscle paralysing drops were all among the list of lovely options that were given to me! Not being able to relax my eyes without incurring double vision.. not being able to get through the day without laying down and closing my eyes to ‘rest’ my visual system.. struggling to maintain eye contact during important work meetings and straining to concentrate on anything or take in information I had just read. The list of my symptoms was endless and I’m sure Geoff appreciated the long list that I presented to him on arrival at his practice!
I started to become familiar with the term ‘Behavioural Optometrist’ and soon learnt that they were the powers that be in the world of visual processing, not the Consultant Ophthalmologists and Orthoptists at the specialist hospitals. If you can’t be fixed with surgery then you can’t be fixed at all, that was their moto. In my case, surgery wasn’t an option because the eye turn wasn’t stable or permanent. I now know I had something called Esophoria, Anisometropia and a lazy eye; as well as eye teaming, focussing, field and fixation problems.
I tried to research on the internet on and off, deciding there had GOT to be someone that could help me, but my research was hindered for a long time as I didn’t actually know WHAT my diagnosis was or what to search Google for. No one was going to help me, I had to try and help myself. After doing endless research over the course of the last couple of years as the problem worsened, and trying lots of different keywords, I actually stumbled across Syntonics and finally found what I really hoped to be, the light at the end of my dark tunnel.
I got in touch with Geoff and discussed the symptoms that I was suffering with. He explained how the Syntonic Vision Therapy program worked and without further delay I booked myself onto it.
Geoff carried out all sorts of thorough tests on my first day and it was so interesting to discuss my problems with the first person in years that understood what I was experiencing and was genuinely excited to help me. He believed he could cure my problem and I hoped he was right!
The tests that were carried out showed results that were a little surreal at first – for the first time it was acknowledged that I had REAL problems with my visual system and I wasn’t being fobbed off and made to feel like I was imagining things or that I was the only person in the world suffering with vision processing problems (which I now know is what it was). The tests exposed problems that I didn’t even know I had let alone confirm the ones I did know about.
After 9 of the 20 x 1 hour sessions the pulling sensation in my LE had completely gone along with all the double vision and I went jumping into the therapy room saying “Lorraine, you are NEVER going to guess what” at the start of my 10th session. I could not believe that all of a sudden I could relax my eyes without seeing double, something that I hadn’t been able to do for such a long time. Obviously after helping so many people with similar issues, it wasn’t perhaps so much of a shock to the therapist as it was to me that my eyes were back to normal alignment so quickly but to me, this was a life changing moment.
Over the course of the second week my visual skills continued to improve and my lazy eye was almost functioning as normal by the end of the therapy.
It genuinely concerns me that there are probably tons of other people out there that are suffering with problems such as those that I had and I hope and pray those people find Geoff, he changes people’s lives and I for one am eternally grateful to him and Lorraine.
I would be more than happy to share my experience with anyone that is having problems and I would highly recommend Geoff and Lorraine Shayler; they are extremely unique in what they do and exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced. Don’t waste any time, get in touch if you have any concerns with how your eyes are functioning! I wish I had, 5 years ago.
I would love to share our story with you about my Sons Vision Therapy with Geoff Shayler.
My Son was doing very poorly at School and could barely read or write a few words. He had several eye tests and was given a 20/20 result. The fact that he got some letters wrong was put down to their diagnosis of Dyslexia.
I have lived my whole life with Dyslexic family members and knew they were incorrect but I didnt know where to look for help.
At 7yrs of age my Son said he would like to try motocross so i bought him a small motorbike and we joined a club. Club trainers soon noticed that he sat on the bike peering over the handlebars looking at the ground in front of him and going very gingerly along. He was told to sit up and look far ahead etc but he was soon found back in his preferred position peering at the floor.
It was him doing this that led me to believe he had an eyesight problem. I went to the NHS and they told me he would have to wait years to see a specialist so I started reading up everything I could on line about Sight therapy.
Initially it looked like a trip to America to a therapist would be necessary but after contacting them they told me about Shaylers and I booked my son in for Therapy during the School Summer holiday.
Geoff found that his eyesight was around 5% with no peripheral vision outside of a very small circle. I watched every test done and even with no knowledge of what Geoff was doing it was obvious there was a major problem.
Reading tests returned a score of just a few words a minute with many mistakes.
We stayed in a nearby campsite as the therapy training is all day and very intense. My Son found it very tiring but stayed with it and realised the importance of it all.
The course was about 2 and a half weeks and at the end of it my Son was recording 85% eyesight and reading 40 words per minute.
My Son is now 13 and rides Motorcross at National level competing in British Championships and his Peripheral vision is now awesome, he can see other riders beside him without turning his head.
He is still playing catch up at School but is average in his group and his reading and writing looks no different to any other Student.
His recent eye test (2017) showed that the improvements made are still in place and his eyesight very good.
I am one of lifes biggest cynics and when I first met Geoff I wasnt that confident of improvement in my boys sight.
By the end of the course i was almost fully converted and when years later I can see the results I can only believe that Geoff is the Master of his trade and gave my Son every chance for a positive future.
I would be more than happy to talk with other families who want to know more
Vision therapy has helped my 8 year old grandaughter who has learning difficulties with recent light therapy treatment which has widened her peripheral vision from three percent on assessment to a huge 80 plus percent. The NHS did not see this problem and now after this child havimg to pay for her own treatment I question why the NHS do not support this when it has made life changing differences to people who would otherwise just be the same as they were and struggle unnecessarily.
Hi All, I have been part of this group since April when my 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with very poor vision. We are in the UK and no one has ever heard of a Behavioural Optomitrist, so when someone suggested I contact one about my daughter I didn't really know where to start or what it would entail.
Fortunately for us Geoff Shayler from Shaylers Opticians is only 40 mins from us. We had our original appointment and with Lola's diagnosis Geoff suggested Lola started Vision Therapy. Like a lot of stories on here, I then had to persuade my husband it was worth the time and money. He was dubious at first, but Geoff was amazing and suggested we go in again so that he could show my husband Lola's difficulties.
At Shaylers Opticians they offer intensive Vision Therapy. This is 20 sessions completed twice a day, 4 days a week, so it's a big commitment as it takes up 2 and a half weeks. Lola would go in for one session of VT in the morning and then have 3 hours off and then have another hour of VT and have exercises to do at home - so it was intensive! During this time Lola felt very tired and nauseous. We waited for the summer holidays and she completed her intensive therapy over this period.
The results were amazing! ...I am now a VT advocate 😀😀😀
I have just had my second Assessment, after going to Shaylers Vision Centre for 20 Vision Therapy sessions.
When end I first went, I had fairly bad Double Vision, and could see if I didn't try to turn my eyes. I had to move my head for everthing I wanted to see, up, down, left or right!
i didn't use to bother wearing my Distance glasses, as it didn't feel worth the effort. Now, I wear my glasses all the time, as my Field of Vision has increased so much, without me turning my head, it's worth the effort!
My peripheral vision has also improved.
i have to say a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Shayler for all their efforts with me. It has been worth every second, and every penny!
Hi, my son is diagnosed dyslexic. At the moment he uses a yellow bar to aid with his reading but his specialist teacher recommended going to an optician to be properly assessed as to which colour would help him. His eyes are fine as I have recently had his eyes tested. I was given your name as the place to go but when I called I was told that's not what you do. Can you advise me if there is something you do to help. Many thanks
Hi, my 10yr old daughter has autism and ADHD . She seems to have problems with her eyes although I was told that her eyes are ok. She can read now but her comprehension is zero, has poor attention she has difficulties tracking objects. She also presses the corners of her eyes a lot and uses side glancing when looking. My questions are 1. Would you be able to conduct a proper assessment on her since her speech is very delayed, she won't be able to answer your questions? 2. We live in Dublin so do you have a home program that you can give us that we can do at home? Thank you.