"When I first had the stroke, I couldn’t see anything from the diagonal left bottom to diagonal right"
"On August 12, 2002, I woke up with the intention of taking a shower and getting ready for work, but I had a headache and noticed the newspaper looked funny when I picked it up off the front porch. I went to my doctor who ordered a cat scan and later informed me I was having a stroke.
When I first had the stroke, I couldn’t see anything from the diagonal left bottom to diagonal right top in my visual field. The area was gray and fuzzy like snow on a TV. After some time, my visual field opened. My vision finally stabilized so that just my upper left quadrant remained impaired.
I learned about vision restoration therapy from an article in the Wall Street Journal and felt I met the description of a good candidate for treatment. While my doctor wasn’t yet aware of VRT, I thought the results sounded promising.
I did six months of therapy and was encouraged by the improvement as I continued. Since I was still improving, I committed to an additional three months. While I didn’t benefit as much with the additional therapy, I have the peace of mind that I have done as much as I could to restore my vision. While I still can’t see a person’s right eye when talking face to face, I can rest easy knowing that I did what I could to improve my vision.
I think VRT is a very valuable treatment. It is wonderful that a treatment is available that can provide you with real benefits. If you feel limited by your vision loss and you know you can dedicate the time to do it right, you should try it. I have since written a letter to thank the writer of the Wall Street Journal article as I wouldn’t have learned about the therapy otherwise."
LR-La Grange, Tx