33 episodes

Are you a parent who has been searching for answers to why your child is struggling academically? Have you been told that your child needs strabismus surgery or patching, and it just doesn’t feel right to you? Are you trying to set your kiddo with sensory needs up for success and feeling lost in the process? Have you suffered a brain injury or concussion and refuse to accept that these current limitations are your permanent “new normal”? My name is Dr. Juanita Collier and I am a Behavioral Optometrist with a private practice specializing in Vision Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Development. Through diving deep with my team, parents, patients, and professionals, we will uncover that vision may be the underlying cause of real life challenges in academics, work, sports, and daily life. While we often think 20/20 eyesight is perfect vision, vision actually takes place in the brain. And if there is any disconnect, any slight lack of coordination between the brain and the eyes, how you see what’s in front of you can be remarkably different than what’s actually there. Through this podcast, you will discover, that the challenges that you are facing may actually be stemming from a difficulty with how you’re seeing…It Could Be Your Eyes.

It Could Be Your Eyes Dr. Juanita Collier, MS, OD, FCOVD

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Are you a parent who has been searching for answers to why your child is struggling academically? Have you been told that your child needs strabismus surgery or patching, and it just doesn’t feel right to you? Are you trying to set your kiddo with sensory needs up for success and feeling lost in the process? Have you suffered a brain injury or concussion and refuse to accept that these current limitations are your permanent “new normal”? My name is Dr. Juanita Collier and I am a Behavioral Optometrist with a private practice specializing in Vision Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Development. Through diving deep with my team, parents, patients, and professionals, we will uncover that vision may be the underlying cause of real life challenges in academics, work, sports, and daily life. While we often think 20/20 eyesight is perfect vision, vision actually takes place in the brain. And if there is any disconnect, any slight lack of coordination between the brain and the eyes, how you see what’s in front of you can be remarkably different than what’s actually there. Through this podcast, you will discover, that the challenges that you are facing may actually be stemming from a difficulty with how you’re seeing…It Could Be Your Eyes.

    Episode 32 - How Do I Find Calm in the Chaos While Navigating My Child's Struggles?

    Episode 32 - How Do I Find Calm in the Chaos While Navigating My Child's Struggles?

    "We are more capable and we're enough when we are present in our life and connected to our soul, and what it is that we need. When we are, we can connect to our kids, we can teach them that and help them navigate".

    Today we have an inspiring episode which is a must-listen for every mom feeling engulfed in the everyday chaos of parenting and self-doubt.
     
    We host Jennifer Wren Toro, who's a mom, a teacher, a nurse, a personal trainer, an author, and so much more. Our discussion takes a deep dive into the struggles and triumphs of motherhood. She shares her journey of overcoming life's tumultuous challenges and sheds light on the significance of self-care, setting healthy boundaries, and learning to prioritize oneself amidst the multifaceted demands of motherhood.
     
    Jennifer offers actionable and valuable advice on stress management, balancing the nervous system, and the power of mindfulness and presence. Striking a chord with the realities of parenthood, this episode is a blend of inspiration, practical strategies, and a message of empowerment for mothers everywhere, encouraging them to reclaim their peace and power in the beautiful chaos of mothering.

    In this episode you’ll hear about:

    (00:00 Intro) 
    (00:34) A preview to our conversation with our guest Jennifer Wren Tolo 
    (07:36) Jennifer’s second child’s birth teaches her a life-changing lesson 
    (10:54) Dealing with high-risk leukemia and learning the power of understanding who you are and aren’t. Resetting your nervous system
    (14:11) The “I can do everything” cape and the consequences of “running on fumes” 
    (17:33) “Do it all, be it all”: the unhealthy societal pressure on women. Redefining success 
    (24:01) No time for 911: when mom learns to prioritize herself 
    (34:48) The super powers of voice and choice 
    (37:58) ABCs to regain equilibrium. Giving yourself permission to pause 

    Contact Jennifer
    Visit her website jenniferwrentolo.com Follow her on IG @jenwrentolo Schedule a Free Clarity call “Power of You” Ebook Free “Simple Shift Guide” to shift mindset Get her book Family Fuel: A Busy Mom's Guide to Healthy Living 
    Check out our Digital Programs
    4d Built to Read Digital ProgramConcussion RecoveryBuilt to DriveFollow us at 4D Vision Gym on Facebook and Instagram @4dvisiongymvt for the latest news and updates. DM us if you have any Vision Therapy related questions - you may hear the answer in a future episode!

    If you enjoyed this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. We really appreciate your support!
    Send us a screenshot of your review and receive 10% off any one of our 4D Vision Gym products or services. And if your friends or family are experiencing inexplicable challenges, refer them to this podcast and tell them, “It Could Be Your Eyes.”  

    • 43 min
    Episode 31- How does a concussion affect the brain?

    Episode 31- How does a concussion affect the brain?

    "The healthcare system is really complicated, and there aren't any guidelines currently on how to care and manage TBIs. It takes multiple providers, therapists, and specialists to help pull the pieces of the puzzle together of your recovery."

    In today's episode, we had Kelly Tuttle, FNP-BC, MSN, a TBI survivor, nurse practitioner, and author, who shared her enlightening recovery journey and offered advice for others on a similar path. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can turn lives upside down, not just for survivors but also for their families. Recovery is a challenging, uncertain process, requiring immense resilience.
    Kelly's post-injury process included coping with cognitive fatigue, headaches, neck pain, and dizziness. A compelling aspect of her story is her transition from a cardiology nurse practitioner to specializing in neurology after her injury. This career pivot signifies her resilience and desire to empathize with and aid others with brain injuries.
    From a TBI survivor to an advocate and author, Kelly is a beacon of hope and invaluable guidance for those on a similar path of recovery.


    In this episode you’ll hear about:
     
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:34) Kelly Tuttle and her story
    (02:57) Have you heard of Invisible Disabilities?
    (06:34) Bringing your closed ones to your medical appointments
    (10:15) Join us in our Free Concussion Workshop to learn how to recover from a concussion
    (10:46) Creating After The Crash: How to Keep Your Job, Stay in School, and Live Life After a Brain Injury
    (12:56) Managing your (TBI) and finding the right support
    (14:58) Nurse life: from cardiology to neurology 
    (17:04) Going back to work after your TBI. The Checkoff list.
    (21:08) Energy management, cognitive fatigue and the old/new car analogy
    (25:17) Helping your inner circles understand what your TBI means
    (28:35) The Medical Leave Act and the American Disabilities Act
    (29:47) Surprises along the recovery process
    (32:23) Kelly’s suggestions for someone with a recent TBI
    (33:18) What is the Most Important Thing I Can Do to Cure My Concussion?
    (34:30) Nutrition and brain health
    (37:14) The inflammatory response
    (40:22) How TBI affected Kelly’s vision and the solutions she found

    Find Kelly @
    www.kellytuttle.org
    IG @brain_np_
    TikTok: @brainlovingnp
    Check out our Digital Programs
    4d Built to Read Digital ProgramConcussion RecoveryBuilt to DriveFollow us at 4D Vision Gym on FB and IG @4dvisiongymvt for the latest news and updates. DM us if you have any Vision Therapy related questions - you may hear the answer in a future episode!

    If you enjoyed this show, please rate, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. We really appreciate your support!
    Send us a screenshot of your review and receive 10% off any one of our 4D Vision Gym products or services. And if your friends or family are experiencing inexplicable challenges, refer them to this podcast and tell them, “It Could

    • 51 min
    Episode 30 - Am I Getting Enough Shut-Eye?

    Episode 30 - Am I Getting Enough Shut-Eye?

    Today we discuss the importance of quality sleep for maintaining good eye health. We share some advice on establishing a bedtime routine and maintaining consistent sleep schedules.

    We also discuss the effects of blue light exposure from electronic devices on melatonin production and sleep quality. The focus further extends to the impact of overhead fluorescent lighting on eye strain and the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and visualization for unwinding and relaxing a body, a brain, and eyes before sleep.

    Have you heard of the 'Clock Stretch' and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping for mind-body connection? Listen to find out and benefit from multiple tips that will help your eyes feel more rest and improve your overall health.

    In this episode you’ll hear about:

    (00:00) Intro
    (00:49) The risks of not getting enough sleep. Yes, your eyes suffer too
    (01:21) Creating a healthy bed-time routine
    (03:14) Blue light: is it really that bad?
    (05:52) Incandescent or warm LED lights for bed-time stories
    (06:54) Are you getting enough sleep?
    (08:14) Built to Read Program
    (09:05) Stimulants before sleep and relaxation techniques
    (10:54) The Clock Stretch
    (12:39) Emotional Freedom Technique
    (13:26) The Tapping Solution
    (14:17) Recap

    Read the episode transcript here 

    Additional Resources 
    The influence of blue light on sleep Blue wavelength light exposure on sleep and recovery of brain structureCheck out our Digital Programs
    4d Built to Read Digital ProgramConcussion RecoveryBuilt to DriveFollow us at 4D Vision Gym on Facebook and Instagram @4dvisiongymvt for the latest news and updates. DM us if you have any Vision Therapy related questions - you may hear the answer in a future episode!

    If you enjoyed this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. We really appreciate your support!
    Send us a screenshot of your review and receive 10% off any one of our 4D Vision Gym products or services. And if your friends or family are experiencing inexplicable challenges, refer them to this podcast and tell them, “It Could Be Your Eyes.”  

    • 16 min
    Episode 29 - Why can't my child pay attention?

    Episode 29 - Why can't my child pay attention?

    Today we have a special guest on the show. Charlene is a fantastic mom who followed her maternal instinct and brought her kid to 4D Vision Gym. Although he was passing all of his screeners at school and his motor functions were ok, there were clear signs to her that something wasn't properly working.

    Her "mom gut" was right and actions were taken.
    It's been a wonderful ride and the results are tangible.

    Listen to her story and how their experience at 4D Vision Gym has been.
    You'll surely be inspired by Charlene and take the next step to improve your kid's vision health. 

    In this episode you’ll hear about:
     
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:34) Why my child isn’t paying attention: Charlene and her son’s 4D Vision Gym journey
    (04:01) 4D Built to Read
    (04:53) Meet Charlene and how she got to know us
    (05:52) First impressions
    (06:55) “The momma gut” that made Charlene take action for her kid
    (08:33) The experience of starting therapy and practicing at home
    (10:19) School Improvements
    (11:10) Vision Therapy in Charlene’s own words
    (12:28) The biggest change thanks to vision therapy
    (13:41) Expectations for the upcoming years
    (14:53) An invitation to improve your child’s vision

    Read the episode transcript here 

    Check out our other Digital Programs
    4d Built to Read Digital Program Concussion RecoveryBuilt to DriveFollow us at 4D Vision Gym on Facebook and Instagram @4dvisiongymvt for the latest news and updates. DM us if you have any Vision Therapy related questions - you may hear the answer in a future episode!

    Send us a screenshot of your review and receive 10% off any one of our 4D Vision Gym products or services.

    If you enjoyed this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. We really appreciate your support!
    And if your friends or family are experiencing inexplicable challenges, refer them to this podcast and tell them, “It Could Be Your Eyes.”  

    • 17 min
    Episode 28 - I Can't Afford Vision Therapy! How Can I Help My Child?

    Episode 28 - I Can't Afford Vision Therapy! How Can I Help My Child?

    Today we have a "minisode" to celebrate the beginning of 2024. The new year already brings a new and exciting program: 4D Built to Learn.
    It was developed to make vision training accessible to families all over the world. By enjoying the exciting exercises and games on a regular basis, you'll notice improved reading stamina and comprehension, reduced headaches and car-sickness, and better sports performance for your child. 

    4D Built to Learn works by strengthening the neural pathways related to vision. This not only improves visual skills but also enhances cognitive functions such as attention, memory, and problem-solving.  
    If you've noticed that your bright child is struggling more than necessary for mediocre grades, it could be related to their eyes! Things you may notice include: 
    Poor reading comprehension Frequent reversals of numbers, letters, or words when reading and writing Headaches Car or motion sickness Blurry vision up close or far away Words or pictures appear to "swim" on the page. Poor sports performance Difficulty paying attention to one task for more than 15 minutes.  Clumsiness or frequent bumping into objects or people In this episode you’ll hear about:
    (00:00) Intro
    (01:38) What is 4D Built to Learn and who's it for?
    (03:08) How the program works
    (04:49) www.4dvisiontherapyathome.com

    Read the episode transcript here 


    Check out our other Digital Programs
    4d Built to Read Digital Program Concussion RecoveryBuilt to DriveFollow us at 4D Vision Gym on Facebook and Instagram @4dvisiongymvt for the latest news and updates. DM us if you have any Vision Therapy related questions - you may hear the answer in a future episode!
    Send us a screenshot of your review and receive 10% off any one of our 4D Vision Gym products or services.
    If you enjoyed this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. We really appreciate your support!
    And if your friends or family are experiencing inexplicable challenges, refer them to this podcast and tell them, “It Could Be Your Eyes.”  

    • 6 min
    Episode 27- Can My OT Do My VT?

    Episode 27- Can My OT Do My VT?

    "We love OTs working on visual perception, and they can even do some free space depth perception and focusing flexibility exercises. However, anything farther than that? You're going to want to consult your friendly local neighborhood behavioral optometrist, and especially if they happen to have a certified optometric vision therapist working on staff with them, as myself".

    Today, Jessica Liedke discusses the differences between occupational therapy and vision therapy.

    While occupational therapy aims to help individuals live independently by retraining everyday skills, concentration, memory, among other things, vision therapists specialize in visual outcomes and causes for developmental delays.
    Although occupational therapists have some training in visual skills, they lack the licensures to use optometric tools like lenses and prisms that vision therapists rely on.
    Collaboration between OT's and VT's is definitely important for comprehensive treatment.

    In this episode you’ll hear about:

    (01:08) What is Occupational Therapy?
    (05:02) Some of the things that OT’s don’t do
    (09:25) Can OT’s do Vision Therapy?

    Occupational Therapy or Vision Therapy? 
    Read the episode transcript here 


    Check out our Digital Programs
    4d Built to Read Digital ProgramConcussion RecoveryBuilt to DriveFollow us at 4D Vision Gym on Facebook and Instagram @4dvisiongymvt for the latest news and updates. DM us if you have any Vision Therapy related questions - you may hear the answer in a future episode!

    If you enjoyed this show, please rate, review, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. We really appreciate your support!
    Send us a screenshot of your review and receive 10% off any one of our 4D Vision Gym products or services. And if your friends or family are experiencing inexplicable challenges, refer them to this podcast and tell them, “It Could Be Your Eyes.”  

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

switzy24 ,

Helpful, educational, and supportive

I live in KY - my daughter has a +9 prescription currently for her alternating, accommodative esotropia. I’ve been getting pressure from family and professionals to do surgery. This podcast gives me hope that VT is the best option for my daughter and has helped me educate family on why surgery is not the best or first answer to fix her vision. Her first VT session is next week.

Dr. Collier, if you read this, I’d love to hear about VT helping esotropia specifically, and/or where parents can find good studies proving that VT works.

I had an optometrist at Cincinnati Children’s tell me VT was only proven and helpful for exotropic cases not esotropia. Found out later her internships were specifically only with exotropic cases but it’s created a new push for surgery from everyone around me.

Mek81 ,

Excellent Podcast! Highly recommend!

Dr Collier is an excellent teacher and doctor. Highly recommend this podcast and her to everyone looking for eye care and information

letgoletlive ,

Educational and child-focused

I loved the sentronics episode. I learned science-based color light therapy is accessible to the public. The possibilities give hope. The episodes are cut long enough that minimal additional research is needed and short enough to be enjoyable which is beneficial for those with vision issues who struggle to read. I look forward to more episodes geared towards to adults.

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