Dr. Jen Simonson is the author of a series of picture books to educate patients and parents of the symptoms of vision problems, specialized testing, and vision therapy treatment. These illustrated storybooks explain the common symptoms and signs of functional vision problems.
Book #1: My Perfect Vision describes focusing problems even when eyesight is normal. Learn about the differences between eyesight and vision and how this disorder impacts daily life and learning. Also learn about effective treatment through optometric vision therapy and appropriate reading glasses.
Many children and adults experience difficulty with:
- accurate clarity of focus (vision is blurry or fluctuates)
- speed of switching focus from near to far (difficulty copying from the board or switching between speedometer and street signs when driving)
- the ability to sustain focus for long periods (testing and computer work)
- Focusing difficulties are common after head injuries such as concussion and as a side-effect to many medications.
Book #2: My Double Vision tells the story of a patient who still experiences double vision even after a history of patching an eye. This picture book explains the signs and symptoms of esotropia (crossed-eye). It covers current testing methods and advanced vision therapy training used to correct this vision disorder. The goal of binocular (two-eyed training) is to achieve both clear, stable vision and 3-D depth perception.
Many patients with esotropia experience:
- double vision
- head turn or tilt
- crowding of print
Mi Vision Doble en Espanol: La visión doble (diplopía) es a menudo el resultadode la falta de alineación de los dos ojos.Normalmente los ojos apuntan al mismo lugar en elespacio. La dirección visual ligeramente diferente secombina en percepción de la profundidad. El objetivode la terapia visual es mejorar tanto la alineación delos ojos como la fusión sensorial en el cerebro.–Dr. Jen Simonson Mi Vision Doble (February 2018), the Spanish Translation of My Double Vision.
If you fumble or take a tumble - your vision might jumble. Learn about the vision problems that often follow a concussion and how vision therapy can help recover clear and comfortable sports vision.
Many patients with post-concussion vision disorder experience:
- light sensitivity
- headaches from reading
- double vision
- blurry vision
- Difficulty tracking
When the image from one eye is blurry due to refractive amblyopia, the brain suppresses it - receiving and sending less signal to that eye. Our most progressive approach is to teach the brain to use both eyes together with vision therapy.
Dr. Jen Simonson is the clinical director of Boulder Valley Vision Therapy center. She is also a mother of three boys who love bedtime stories. She was inspired to write after realizing there were many books about getting glasses, but not about her passion - correcting vision issues through optometric vision therapy.