When McKenzie started Kindergarten, she struggled with learning. After repeating Kindergarten,
her parents decided to homeschool her because she still couldn’t read or write legibly. McKenzie knew every letter of the alphabet and each sound they made, but could not put them together and read them on a page. Her mother taught her how to read by using refrigerator magnet letter. Holding them in her hands, McKenzie’s brain was able to process by feel.
McKenzie went back to public school in 8th grade. Within one month she was diagnosed by the school as having dyslexia, but none of the special tools provided worked. She still couldn’t copy from the board, it still took her hours to complete a simple assignment, and she was failing school. Then her family changed Optometrists. Every prior year McKenzie had 20/20 vision, but the new doctor starting asking questions about school. McKenzie was diagnosed with a vision processing disorder and was sent to a Vision Processing Disorder specialist. In that first appointment one of the things discovered was that her peripheral was only .03%. Her whole world was like looking through a straw. After one month of vision therapy, her peripheral was already up to 95%.
It took a little over a year of weekly visits with the doctor, and daily exercises at home, but McKenzie is now a junior in high school and on the A Honor Roll. Her self-esteem soared, she is an avid reader, a very talented writer, and a walking testimony on how Vision Therapy can help children reach their full potential. It is because of this journey that her mother, Monica Miller – Founder and CEO of Let’s Overcome Vision Impairment, started this organization.