Questions & Answers With Our Vision Therapist Judy Robbins
Vision Therapy With Judy Robbins
Vision Therapy are special exercises that are tailored to the particular needs of the patient. The goal of these exercises is to teach the brain and the eyes to work together more effectively. Judy Robbins is one of our Vision Therapists of EYEcenter Optometric.
She loves working with children and their success is her passion. The children love her so much the lifelong skills they are learning at each therapy session are easily achieved.
How Would Judy Describe Her Work Style?
I researched work styles and up popped images of clothes. While I loved looking at the great outfits, I was pretty sure I needed to head in a different direction. With a little effort, I came upon descriptions of four different work styles. Mine was pretty obvious. I definitely fit the supportive, expressive and emotionally oriented group. These are my people.
I also love organizing projects, rooms, closets, anything. Nothing makes me feel better than having everything in their place, making lists and then checking things off. When I was in college, I would take lecture notes using outlining with all the Roman numerals, letters, numbers, etc.
How Do You Encourage The Child To Keep Going to Vision Therapy Even If They Are Feeling Down?
Vision therapy is very repetitive. Our patients are developing visual skills that need to be on automatic pilot. Sometimes after a few months of doing therapy, some kids will hit a wall. Encouragement to continue comes in a few different ways. I tell them this eye stuff isn’t about them; it’s about their eyes. The smart part of their brain is way ahead of their eyes. I encourage them to continue to get their eyes strong enough in order to keep up with their smart brain.
To the parents, I suggest setting up a reward system for doing the therapy without a lot of complaining. Sending them encouraging notes and letting them know I’m so proud of their efforts can help get them to the end. I let the patients know that the therapy will still work, even if they don’t like it. The brain that’s making the eyes work doesn’t care if they like the exercises or not.
Our vision therapy clinic has this amazing technology called Right Eye. With two cameras, one for each eye, Right Eye records eye movements. I show the patient the first time their eyes did Right Eye, and then compare the first time with their current results. It’s amazing to watch them observe how much more accurately their eyes can track, move their eyes accurately from one target to another and fixate their eyes on an object.
All of our patients and parents are the best you’ll ever meet. It’s such a privilege to know them.