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Optometric Vision Therapy in CT!

Welcome to our website!

At 4D Vision Gym, we offer Optometric Vision Therapy in CT.  Our office is located in Cromwell, Connecticut, and our services are offered by an outstanding team of professionals. 

We are a unique practice where:

We help adults and children who have vision issues that interfere with their ability to read, to comprehend, to learn, to work, and even to pay attention.  We help improve their performance in school, work, sports, and life.

4D Vision Gym introduces this subfield of optometry to patients as a possible alternative to surgery. This website intends to educate potential patients about Vision Therapy and to introduce them to the common visual disorders encountered among patients.  Potential patients will also learn about certain eye exercises used to treat these particular visual difficulties. These exercises are meant to be practiced in conjunction with office-based therapy, and not as a self-directed program.

Vision Therapy is a medical treatment plan prescribed by a Behavioral or Developmental Optometrist.  The effectiveness of Vision Therapy is supported by decades of research. It involves the use of special instruments, lenses, filters and prisms to train the visual system.

We've been tracking responses to a survey we give to graduates of our Vision Therapy program.

All respondents said they benefitted from the program at 4D, and 89% of those respondents said they greatly benefitted from the 4D program.  They felt that the main area of improvement was grades, with reading being the subject where they showed the most improvement.  Additionally, when asked how likely they were to recommend 4D Vision Gym to family and friends, the average rating was 4.9 out of 5.

 

4D Vision Gym Team

Dr. Juanita Collier, MS OD and her staff warmly welcome you to this website and to our state-of-the-art Optometric and Vision Therapy office in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Dr. Collier is a Behavioral Optometrist (or Developmental Optometrist), specializing in Optometry and Vision Therapy in Connecticut for the needs of children, adolescents, teenagers and adults. 

Again, we help children and adults who have vision problems that interfere with their ability to read, to learn, to comprehend and even pay attention.

 Our services include:

Watch this video about our 4D Vision Gym office:

 


Dr. Collier and 4D Vision Gym provide the following Optometric services: comprehensive eye examinations for all ages, including preschoolers and seniors; Vision Therapy for all ages; contact lenses and follow-up; treatment for learning-related vision problems which can include or relate to traumatic brain injury; sports vision enhancement; ADD/ADHD, reading, Dyslexia, and tracking problems; treatment for amblyopia or lazy eye and strabismus (eye turns); visual rehabilitation for patients with special needs and developmental delays or concussions; treatment for stress-related visual problems, vision-induced motion sickness, blurred vision and visual stress from reading and computers. Read our success stories.

Dr. Juanita Collier is an eye doctor in Cromwell, CT specializing in Vision Therapy in CT (Connecticut).  Her practice, 4D Vision Gym, serves the towns of Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, West Hartford, Berlin, Newington, Farmington, Glastonbury, Southington, Plainville, Middletown, Madison, Essex, Middlesex County, Hartford County, Central CT and beyond!

"Experience Vision Off the Charts...It's More Than 20/20!"

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option for crossed eyes, lazy eye, convergence insufficiency (CI), eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision, acquired brain injury, and much more.  It can help children get better grades in school, increase self-confidence in teenagers, and relieve headaches and eyestrain in adults working at computer screens all day long.  Vision Therapy can result in success in school, improved performance in sports and coordination, improvement in visual disabilities and learning disabilities.

We Are An Eye Care Practice!

While 4D Vision Gym specializes in Vision Therapy, it is also an eye care center, offering annual eye exams and vision testing (including dilations), emergency eye care, diagnosis and management of ocular diseases, treatment of eye infections, injuries, dry eye, contact lens fittings, vision therapy for concussions, and sports vision therapy.

Learn more about our 4D Vision Therapy specialties:

What People Say About 4D 

What People Say About 4D - Vision Therapy Testimonials

 4D Testimonials from Parents

Summary of 4D Parents Reviews

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“The staff at 4D Vision Gym are always professional and helpful. Kelsey made sure to accommodate my son's busy schedule for appointments. After completing therapy and practicing at home, reading was easier. The staff continues to answer questions and concerns that arise with Ryan's vision. A great experience!” ~ MaryAnn B.

(Posted on Facebook)

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"When my kids started vision therapy I was skeptical as I was ignorant of all vision entails. Like almost everyone I thought vision was just about whether your eyes are 20/20. Once we discovered my sons significant problems with teaming and tracking it brought to light all the difficulties he was having at school and even just dealing with visually busy situations. Colin's therapist Erin has been absolutely life changing for him and despite the hard work he LOVES to come here. He is so comfortable he practically takes his shoes off at the door and runs into the locker room to start.

I've since learned so much about how the brain works with the other senses to process visual input and it helps us make steady progress in our work with his other autism spectrum deficits. I think of vision therapy now as brain therapy. If I had to choose which therapy has done the most for my son – vision therapy would be a no brainer. We couldn't ask for a better teacher in Coach Erin. Her love and patience for the kids is incredible and I was blown away by how professional and articulate she was when she spoke to my son's teachers at a meeting to educate them on his issues and how they impact him at school. She is simply amazing!" ~ Michelle S.

(Posted on Facebook)

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I feel the 4D Vision Therapy program "greatly benefited me and my child and was directly responsible for my child’s improvements."
 
“Vision Therapy helped my son with depth perception and helped him to use his eye (the one he was not using a lot prior to therapy).
 
His self-esteem and behavior improved a lot.  I am soooo thankful that I researched and was able to find Vision Therapy after his pediatric ophthalmologist told us that there is nothing we can do to improve his condition and he might just lose vision in his bad eye.  I am sincerely very thankful for every little improvement he has made.”
 
I would definitely recommend 4D Vision Gym." ~ Katarina K.

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"Vision Therapy really seems to be helping our daughter Olivia a 7 th grader. I brought her here to be evaluated last Fall because she wasn't thriving in school . She was a bright alert baby who talked early , read early and seemed quite bright.

She started writing stories in kindergarten . Although she loved creative writing she struggled with math, art and reading small print. So comprehension became an issue for years. We thought she had ADD. Since Vision Therapy she has brought up her grades and seems to be thriving in school. Art is still a bit of a problem, but she is making progress. I believe vision therapy continues to help her tremendously. No Add no medication . Very happy with the Proffessional staff at 4-d vision gym.

Thank you!" ~ Joann M.

(Posted on Facebook)

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I felt the 4D Vision Therapy program “was directly responsible for my child's improvements.”

My child’s grades, sports performance, behavior and self-esteem improved.

“He has become a much better baseball player and can pitch and hit the ball better now, he is playing wide receiver and catching the ball. He is now on the honor roll at school.”

I wish they would expand their Saturday hours, and I “would definitely recommend” 4D to family and friends. ~ Mother of 4D Graduate, Donna C.

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"[Vision Therapy] has been a huge help.  She struggled with being able to read and answer questions regarding what she read. Kaitlyn now has improved balance, spelling and handwriting have improved...all of the therapists here are so amazing, kind, patient and are so great at what they do.“ ~ Parent of 4D Vision Gym Members

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“[She] had issues with tracking as well as accurately decoding words. She became much more skilled with keeping her place as well as being able to decode words. We initially thought she needed intensive phonics and decoding intervention, but that was not the case! Every staff member made a positive impact on [her].” ~ Mother of 4D Graduate, Ellen D.

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"The staff at 4D are amazing and they have helped my children immensely! My children were struggling in school with reading,writing and spelling. They have been going to 4D for about 1 year and the progress is outstanding! I cannot say enough good things about 4D."  Michael K., Parent of 4D Members

(Posted on Google)

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"My son goes to 4D vision gym and is doing great! He is always happy to see Erin and do his excersizes. We are very happy and recommend them for your vision physical therapy."  ~ Bill R., Parent of 4D Member

(Posted on Google)

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“Vision Therapy has quite simply been the most positive thing in Breanna's life. It's a miracle. We thought she had ADD all these years; her school thought she had a reading comprehension problem. We didn't know what to do. It was her eyes all this time…Even her teachers could see a visible difference in her attitude and confidence within weeks of the therapy.” ~ Mother of Vision Therapy graduate, 15 years old

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"To be honest, I regret that I didn't look into it [Vision Therapy] sooner.  I knew that there was something stopping his reading from going forward because he loved it.  But it never occurred to me that it could be a vision issue, and I wish that I had discovered it sooner.  So, I strongly recommend it to anybody considering it." ~ Mother of Vision Therapy graduate

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“…She was struggling with her subtraction facts, spelling, found math tiring, and had trouble concentrating on her reading. We started vision therapy and saw remarkable improvement in a short time. She became less distractible and was able to concentrate and focus better on her work.” ~Parents of 4D Vision Gym Member

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"Cormac reached a threshold over the summer. He overcame so much difficulty with physical activities. He could now do jumping jacks and jump rope. Swimming became easier, as well." ~ Father of 4D Vision Gym member

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“My daughter no longer experiences motion sickness on family car trips; she’s a much better reader…she’s even improved at soccer, which she was always good at, but now she’s even better!” ~ Mother of Vision Therapy graduate, 10 years old

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“She is so confident now because she finally feels like she is at the same level as her classmates, can read just as easily as they can, and her grades--they've gone from C's and D's to A's and B's. It's night and day…We can't thank you enough.” ~ Mother of Vision Therapy graduate

 

Did you enjoy reading the testimonials from parents above?

Just click the images of Eye Guy below to read what parents, teachers, children, and adult patients say when asked:  


"What changes have you seen as a result of participating in a Vision Therapy program?"
"How has Vision Therapy changed your life?"


    Success in School                   Sports and Coordination                    Visual Disabilities                  Learning Disabilities

 

Or click here to read what patients at 4D Vision Gym have to say about their experience with Vision Therapy in Connecticut.

 

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Sports Vision Training

Athletic Enhancement Through Sports Vision Training

A number of visual skills have a direct impact on athletic performance according to the American Optometric Association. Sports professionals can utilize a personalized sports vision training program that can lead to a number of athletic enhancements.

Sports vision therapy involves optometric assessment, enhancement of visual performance in athletes and the prevention of injuries. The reliance on vision therapy for sports can produce an array of very important benefits.

Sports Vision Training Can Begin in Childhood

Athletes are made during their childhood years. This is the main reason why vision therapy for sports is so important in the case of kids and teens.

Parents often seek guidance for academic issues that children are experiencing in connection with their eyesight problem, and later learn that children experience both academic and athletic improvements.

The signs of a vision problem that could be interfering with childhood athletic performance are easy to spot. Vision Therapy will be required in the case of issues with hand-eye coordination, double or blurred vision, poor space and depth perception, squinting during a game, performance that doesn’t improve through practice, difficulties visualizing gameplay in advance and watery eyes.

How Vision Therapy for Sports Improves Athletic Performance

Here’s a simple example – a player (regardless of age and experience level) could have problems in baseball due to their inability to see the ball. Poor space perception is also caused by eye problems. As a result of such problems, the player will be incapable of reacting fast enough.

Hand-eye coordination plays a critical role in so many sports. It determines the accuracy of a pass, the timing of a response and a player’s ability to react to events. It’s interesting to point out that some of the world’s top athletes have experienced hand-eye coordination problems in their childhood years due to a vision problem.

Larry Fitzgerald is just one example. The NFL player has been selected for the Pro Bowl nine times and is currently ranked at the fifth position in the all-time National Football League history for receiving yards per game in his career. It’s difficult to imagine that Fitzgerald’s bright future could have been impacted by a childhood eyesight problem.

The spectacular athlete’s grandad noticed that Larry struggled with homework, and he had difficulty paying attention in school. This is when the grandfather decided to take him for an eye exam. A vision problem was identified.

Larry Fitzgerald underwent intense sports vision therapy aimed at improving hand-eye coordination. Needless to say, the results were stunning.

Skills that Vision Therapy Develops

Through Vision Therapy for sports, it is possible to develop an array of very important skills that are directly related to spectacular athletic performance every single time.

A well-developed therapeutic plan can be used to enhance visual skills like peripheral vision, sharpness of eyesight, speed of recognition, focus flexibility, visual concentration and visual anticipation. Sometimes, exercises will be used to enhance vision. In other instances, an eye care professional will recommend the use of glasses or contact lenses to ensure sharpness.

Through the development of these visual skills, athletes will develop a range of other calibers that are required in sports. These include spatial planning, high speed of processing visual information, the critical integration of visual information and working memory.

To get the best possible results, it’s essential to choose a Behavioral Optometrist. This eye care professional will have extensive experience in vision therapy for sports. Checking credentials and looking for referrals is the smart thing to do. A doctor that specializes in sport vision training should also be capable of answering all questions about the specifics of the vision problem and the techniques that will be used to address it.

Learn more about our 4D Vision Therapy specialties:

What People Say About 4D 

Vision Therapy for Concussions

Seeking Vision Therapy for Concussions

It's long been known that even a minor brain injury can cause a concussion. If you've had a minor brain injury you may require vision therapy for concussions without even realizing it.

For this reason, if your child is playing any sport and has a head injury, no matter how mild it may appear to be, your child should be examined by a professional. Left untreated, a concussion may cause all sorts of issues including visual disturbances.

Not all concussions result in the person going unconscious. This can make it more of a challenge to diagnose whether or not a patient actually has a concussion or not.

Visual disturbances may include any of the following:

  • Tracking issues with one or both eyes
  • Blurred vision (this can affect vision up close, far away or both)
  • Double vision
  • Headaches when reading, watching tv or other visual activities
  • Light sensitivity
  • Glare from lights
  • Aching eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Other visual disturbances (seeing artifacts when looking specific directions or in general)
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches (may be caused by light sensitivity or due to other reasons)
  • Issues with balance
  • Pulsed vision (vision may be clear, then blurred, then clear again)
  • Inability to comprehend what is being read

If your child has any of these visual issues going on after a head injury, no matter how mild it may seem, be sure to have him or her seen by a medical doctor as quickly as possible.

If you or anyone else have these issues going on after a bump on the head or minor head injury, be sure to be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible, as they may need post concussion vision therapy..

There are many ways that they can do vision therapy for concussions. An eye doctor can use optometric visual therapy or adjust a prescription for the time being until the patient is able to refocus their eyes normally.

Other methods of vision therapy include prism lenses that will alter how the world is perceived until such a time as the brain heals or long term if it's a more serious injury.

Behavioral optometrists have a vast wealth of knowledge on how to deal with visual disturbances after a concussion. They may use neuro-optometry to help treat these visual disturbances.

A combination of treatments may be required for the patient depending on which visual disturbances they are having.

Visual retraining can reteach the brain to see normally after a concussion. A vision therapy specialist can work closely with the patient to help them retrain their brain to see normally.

Thankfully, most visual disturbances are treatable when a patient has a concussion. The sooner treatment is begun, the sooner the patient can get back to their normal life.

Since most of the visual disturbances after a concussion respond well to treatment, more people are finding comfort from their symptoms after a traumatic brain injury or TBI. The sooner a Behavioral Optometrist is consulted, the sooner a patient can get back to living.

In summary, always have vision checked after a concussion or bump on the head if there are visual disturbances. Even a seemingly minor traffic accident or sports injury can cause visual disturbances if the head is bumped just right.

Seeking vision therapy for concussions should be at the top of the list of things to do for anyone in a car wreck or who has had a sports injury that involves a concussion. Regardless of how mild the concussion may seem, vision therapy may be required to fully regain proper vision.

4D Testimonials About Vision Therapy for Concussions

We interviewed one of our 4D graduates to learn about his expreience at 4D Vision Gym.  Here are his answers to those questions:

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Vision Therapy for Concussions

Ryan's mother gave this testimonial:

“The staff at 4D Vision Gym are always professional and helpful. Kelsey made sure to accommodate my son's busy schedule for appointments. After completing therapy and practicing at home, reading was easier. The staff continues to answer questions and concerns that arise with Ryan's vision. A great experience!” ~ MaryAnn B.

(Posted on Facebook)

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Vision Therapy for concussions is an effective treatment plan for brain injuries.

Learn more about our 4D Vision Therapy specialties:

What People Say About 4D 

Behavioral Optometrists

Why See a Behavioral Optometrists?

Optometry is an expansive category with a set of sub-categories including behavioral optometry. This read will gauge what behavioral optometrists are responsible for when it pertains to vision care.

This read will not only assess their role but what patients are provided when diagnosis and treatment are engaged. This will provide a detailed viewpoint for one to evaluate their requirement in the world of vision care.

What Is a Behavioral Optometrist's Purpose?

The eyes are not solely sitting in a separate space within one's body. They are interconnected with everything else including the brain. A person's eyes are a gateway for processing information and passing it to the brain. Some patients are not able to process this information as expected medically.

This is where a behavioral optometrist (sometimes incorrectly referred to as a behavioral ophthalmologist) comes into the picture.

This optometrist's primary purpose is to determine how a patient is interpreting visual stimulus and whether there is a gap between what should be noticed and what is being interpreted [1]. This person's eyesight might be "20/20" according to physical charts, but their interpretation might be off.

This is where the treatment begins.

Goals

What are the primary goals for this optometrist when a patient requires treatment? The first step is to run a thorough diagnosis on the eye's physical structure before looking at interpretation. Sometimes, physical abnormalities can be missed and therefore should be reassessed.

If the patient passes this test with flying colors, the next stage of diagnosis is engaged.

This is when the specialist will put the patient through a set of tests to see how they are interpreting visual stimulus. Once the assessment is carried out, a plan is designed to help treat their condition and what might be causing the disconnect in the patient's body.

The optometrist has a set of goals in mind when going through this process and those include.

  1. Provide Treatment for Underlying Vision Problems
  2. Assess Physical Health of Eyes
  3. Enhance Visual Skills for Specific Tasks

Enhancing Visual Process

Who goes to these specialists? In general, a person that is looking to improve their visual processing will look to pursue such specialists. The goal is to work on one's eyesight to better perform a task. This can give an added advantage to those who are working in performance-based roles.

For example, athletes are often seen pursuing these specialists. A baseball hitter, hockey goaltender, or anyone requiring fast reflexes and laser-like eyesight will go to these experts. The optometrist can assess one's baseline reaction tests and then work on sharpening one's eyes through rigorous testing.

A good example given for those who are looking to determine the importance of this specialist is a child learning to ride their bike. They might have all the tools in place but still, won't know what to do. They have to be trained to learn the movements and ensure everything is working in sync.

Patients are coming in for the same type of learning. They want to optimize their eyes to work towards a particular goal such as hitting a ball or stopping a puck. It all comes down to taking seconds off one's reaction time to see better results now and in the future.

This is an emerging science and one that is appreciated around the world not only by athletes but by regular patients as well. If underlying visual issues, a patient can speak with an optometrist and ensure their processing is above average and not lacking in certain areas.

As more and more time goes on, many patients are pushing towards booking appointments with behavioral optometrists and feel this is a must to enhance their vision.

Reference

1) https://www.acbo.org.au/for-patients/your-questions-answered/what-is-behavioural-optometry.

 

Learn more about our 4D Vision Therapy specialties:

What People Say About 4D 

The Benefits of Vision Therapy for Children's Vision

Why See a Behavioral Optometrists?

Optometry is an expansive category with a set of sub-categories including behavioral optometry. This read will gauge what behavioral optometrists are responsible for when it pertains to vision care.

This read will not only assess their role but what patients are provided when diagnosis and treatment are engaged. This will provide a detailed viewpoint for one to evaluate their requirement in the world of vision care.

What Is a Behavioral Optometrist's Purpose?

The eyes are not solely sitting in a separate space within one's body. They are interconnected with everything else including the brain. A person's eyes are a gateway for processing information and passing it to the brain. Some patients are not able to process this information as expected medically.

This is where a behavioral optometrist comes into the picture.

This optometrist's primary purpose is to determine how a patient is interpreting visual stimulus and whether there is a gap between what should be noticed and what is being interpreted [1]. This person's eyesight might be "20/20" according to physical charts, but their interpretation might be off.

This is where the treatment begins.

Goals

What are the primary goals for this optometrist when a patient requires treatment? The first step is to run a thorough diagnosis on the eye's physical structure before looking at interpretation. Sometimes, physical abnormalities can be missed and therefore should be reassessed.

If the patient passes this test with flying colors, the next stage of diagnosis is engaged.

This is when the specialist will put the patient through a set of tests to see how they are interpreting visual stimulus. Once the assessment is carried out, a plan is designed to help treat their condition and what might be causing the disconnect in the patient's body.

The optometrist has a set of goals in mind when going through this process and those include.

  1. Provide Treatment for Underlying Vision Problems
  2. Assess Physical Health of Eyes
  3. Enhance Visual Skills for Specific Tasks

Enhancing Visual Process

Who goes to these specialists? In general, a person that is looking to improve their visual processing will look to pursue such specialists. The goal is to work on one's eyesight to better perform a task. This can give an added advantage to those who are working in performance-based roles.

For example, athletes are often seen pursuing these specialists. A baseball hitter, hockey goaltender, or anyone requiring fast reflexes and laser-like eyesight will go to these experts. The optometrist can assess one's baseline reaction tests and then work on sharpening one's eyes through rigorous testing.

A good example given for those who are looking to determine the importance of this specialist is a child learning to ride their bike. They might have all the tools in place but still, won't know what to do. They have to be trained to learn the movements and ensure everything is working in sync.

Patients are coming in for the same type of learning. They want to optimize their eyes to work towards a particular goal such as hitting a ball or stopping a puck. It all comes down to taking seconds off one's reaction time to see better results now and in the future.

This is an emerging science and one that is appreciated around the world not only by athletes but by regular patients as well. If underlying visual issues, a patient can speak with an optometrist and ensure their processing is above average and not lacking in certain areas.

As more and more time goes on, many patients are pushing towards booking appointments with behavioral optometrists and feel this is a must to enhance their vision.

Reference

1) https://www.acbo.org.au/for-patients/your-questions-answered/what-is-behavioural-optometry.

 

Learn more about our 4D Vision Therapy specialties:

What People Say About 4D