For the past ten years I have been having a serious problem with my eyes. The problem was that I could not read or watch either television or movies. When I did I would get eye strain, my left eye would start fluttering, and I would get stabbing pains, followed by headaches and stiffness in my neck. You confirmed that I had a condition called Exophona. You explained to me that it was a correctable condition which could be helped by Vision Training (VT). I had never heard of VT, but I was hopeful and started coming for weekly sessions.

Within weeks, I was reading whole books. It was a miracle to be able to read again. Every day I was doing my exercises and reading book after book. I felt as if I had gotten my life back. Before VT, I had even considered learning to read Braille, because I was so desperate to read. I worked very hard and within months I was able to cure my condition.

I know that getting back my ability to read is one of the greatest gifts I could ever have hoped for. I want everyone at New York Eye Associates to know how much I appreciate you.

– Ilyse Koondel

I really believe your work with Joey has made a tremendous difference in his life. I hope you will pursue the idea of “educating” the schools and parents regarding visual perception problems. Many thanks to you (and Jennifer) for all you’ve done.


I pursued vision therapy after an educator made me aware of it. I went to an optometrist skilled in vision therapy and was given a list of at home exercises to work on with my son. His vision started to improve. When a better level of visual acuity was reached we started in-office therapy. This not only helps strengthen the weak eye, but improves the other aspects of the amblyopia syndrome. It helps train the child to use binocular vision (to use the weaker eye when the stronger eye is not patched). He is now at 20/40 with glasses.

–Iris Stern, MD FACP

Helpful Links

What is Vision Therapy?
An eye doctor answers many questions about vision therapy in an interview.

Where Do I Find More Information on Home Therapy?
Home therapy systems developed by Drs Jeffrey Cooper and Sidney Groffman in in conjunction with Rod Bortel provide the most advanced home therapy systems in the world. There are two programs one for binocular vision problems and the other for learning related perceptual motor problems.

Vision Therapy Research and Medical Literature.
Pages of easy-to-understand information on crossed-eyes, lazy eye, strabismus, developmental delays, vision therapy, eye muscle surgery, dyslexia, vision impairments, and much more.

Choosing an Eye Doctor
Comments by educators on choosing vision care for a child.

Optometrists and Ophthalmologists
What are the differences in practice focus between a pediatric optometrist and a pediatric ophthalmologist?

US Directory
Looking for vision care in another state? Fill out a form here to receive an immediate, free referral.

Vision Vocabulary
A list of commonly used visual health terminology.
Is it really ADD/ADHD? Or does your child have an undetected vision problem?
What is binocular (two-eyed) vision? Learn to see in 3D! Visit the 3D Art Gallery and view Magic Eye stereograms, stereo photographs, optical illusions and much more.
A national network of optometrists.