Life-changing Physical Therapy

Life-changing Physical Therapy

From Taryn Spears

I have been diagnosed with a rare but severe version of convergence insufficiency. The only place that treats it doesn't work with any insurance companies, so i have to pay out of pocket for 6-9 months of therapy.

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3 months ago

I had vision therapy again yesterday!

Due to the struggle with my blind spots, they're thinking about having me do ANOTHER test, but it'll be covered under the initial one, so i don't have to pay extra for it. The test can map out blind spots so they are able to easier help me with mine.

I learned that my brain dims usage of my right eye to compensate for the problems I'm having, and try to shut off the double vision. So a lot of my blindness comes from my right eye not working as much.

Imagine trying to drive with all the blind spots, or not being able to see things coming very well! I think I'm most excited to be able to confidently get my license by the end of the year if i can keep doing this therapy.

I was also able to pay a part of the bill, so I can keep going to therapy for now! Thank you so much for helping me get there!! I love and appreciate all of you.

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This disorder has caused the several years of severe dizziness and nausea that I've experienced. It's likely also a culprit for my migraines.

I was born with it, but its rare to do a full eye exam that is capable of diagnosing it unless its specifically sought out. This is the only place in Alaska, or at least within a several mile radius that's trained to diagnose and help this disorder. People drive up from Kenai just to see them.

I was told that its not usually seen in this severity til people are much, MUCH older. It's a big cause for my bad depth perception and balance. It's made tracking objects very difficult which impacts my abilities to see things coming at me, play video games, read, and many other things. It's decreased my reflexes and response times. My spatial disorientation is so bad that when asked to put something in front of my nose, i put it off to the side, not knowing it.

Most people's vision converges at a V, but mine does not. One eye goes too far to the opposite side, causing double vision, moving objects, etc. During testing i was unable to line up pictures or letters because they wouldn't stop moving for me. The brain tries so hard to correct for double vision so you don't see that way, that its essentially exhausting itself. And this is what's causing my dizziness. It ignores certain information being fed to it so that you only see single instead of double, so i don't see everything either.

Simple testing without the use of machines was enough to make me dizzy, just by moving only my eyes from side to side. So you can imagine how it impacts my daily life. I have 6-9 months of therapy ahead of me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Taryn Spears posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #2

I had vision therapy again yesterday!

Due to the struggle with my blind spots, they're thinking about having me do ANOTHER test, but it'll be covered under the initial one, so i don't have to pay extra for it. The test can map out blind spots so they are able to easier help me with mine.

I learned that my brain dims usage of my right eye to compensate for the problems I'm having, and try to shut off the double vision. So a lot of my blindness comes from my right eye not working as much.

Imagine trying to drive with all the blind spots, or not being able to see things coming very well! I think I'm most excited to be able to confidently get my license by the end of the year if i can keep doing this therapy.

I was also able to pay a part of the bill, so I can keep going to therapy for now! Thank you so much for helping me get there!! I love and appreciate all of you.

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Taryn Spears posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

I had my first eye therapy session today!
She asked me what my goals are or if i had any hobbies i wanted to get better at. I told her my biggest goal with this is to get my license. My dizziness was a huge reason I've held back for so long, and it turned out to be good that I did. As I've come to learn, I would have had a lot more problems than I'd initially realized. At the end of this, driving shouldn't be scary or a struggle anymore because I'll be able to trust my eyes again!
I have some stuff to practice at home, every day. The more i practice, the faster my eyes will get better. I'm learning my blind spots too, and how to correct them. I didn't realize how many blind spots I have and how much is actually missing from my vision! It goes further than just my bad depth perception, but my peripherals aren't working as hard as they should either. I'm struggling to judge distances as well. So those are some of the things I'm working on with my home exercises.
Thank you all so much for your help so far!

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