Patti Andrich’s Journey

During one of my workshops, someone remarked, “We seem to choose professions that help improve ourselves.”

Perhaps that’s not true for everyone, but for me, it is definitely true!

Looking back at my life, you can easily see the trail of crumbs leading to where I am today. My birth: breech. Yes, I came out running, and if you ask my mom, I was a gymnast from the get go. I guess I was in a hurry, because I had no time to waste on crawling. No, I skipped that! Walked at nine months. I tried ballet and tap lessons, but not knowing my left from my right, and being unable to slow down gracefully, I quickly disengaged in lessons. When my exasperated dance teacher suggested gymnastics, I was all in. Quick, powerful tumbling and flipping provided my 5-year-old body a wonderful steady diet of deep pressure and proprioception.

As you can well imagine, skipping out on the 6 months of crawling and creeping, gave me some trouble from time to time. For example, occasionally I experienced moments of tunnel vision while tumbling on the balance beam and I often struggled matching my dance routine with the tempo of the music. My powerful explosive tumbling abilities made up for any timing errors. I just added a few bounces or dance steps and smiled at the judges until the music caught up to me!

School was fun. No, not really. I tried to make it fun, but whenever I looked at print, it danced away like my floor routines. The words literally split, circled and left the page. Have you ever tried to read a blank page? Good thing I had a great imagination, so I could tell my mother what the book was about! Some how I made it, grade after grade and year after year. Best friends helped me along. Eventually, around the 10th grade my parents found an optometrist who knew a thing or two about the power of lenses and how to prescribe stress reducing lenses. A little plus with a little brown tint was all I needed to bold up those letters on the page, reduce my light sensitivity, and hold down those words so I could read them. Thanks to that eye doctor I learned to read. I was so proud of myself that I could finally read enough to actually fool my teachers.

However, I didn’t fool those act college entrance examiners. No, they were on to me. I flat out failed my college entrance exams. However, The Ohio State University must have seen some potential, because they let me attend classes as long as I took a “how to succeed in college class”. That class was one of the best classes I took in college. A real life saver. That class and the invention of the “personal computer”. I was set. I could type a 3-page paper in a few hours, and then spell check would identify all the words that I needed to fix. In the 90’s it took longer to spell check, then it did to write! If I would have known how to visualize, I wouldn’t have had so many spelling errors. I was thankful though. Without the computer, I don’t think I would have ever completed college.

My first degree was in physical education, and my second in special education. Eventually, through a lot of hard work I graduated with my master’s degree. I entered the workforce as a teacher and special education consultant. I was awarded a scholarship for my PhD, but my best friend, optometry student, asked me to marry him. I declined the scholarship; said, “Yes!” and enrolled in school to become an occupational therapist. My new husband, Dr. Alex Andrich, went on to follow his interests in behavioral optometry.

More learning, more answers, more connections and many great dinner conversations with Alex followed. My thoughts were quickly turning into an insatiable passion for helping others avoid the heartaches and hard work I had faced through my childhood. Then one day, my future became crystal clear. I knew Alex and I had to open up a vision therapy practice. Of course, being a former teacher turned into occupational therapist, I knew nothing about vision, how it impacts learning, development or sensory motor functions! How would I? Back then teachers and therapists were not educated about vision development. So, with my stress relieving plus lenses I began to read everything I could about how vision develops, and I attended as many oep (Optometric Extension Program Foundation) and covd (College of Optometrists in Vision Development) courses as I could. My optometry mentors, whom I am forever grateful for, were very kind and patient with me as I learned. I didn’t waste time, I practiced with my patients and as my patients improved their vision skills, I too improved mine. Eventually, I followed the path to become a COVT. Through ongoing observations, interactions and therapy plans that “set the stage for discovery”, I have shared many Aha moments with my clients. I have learned and continue to learn so much, as a vision therapist. Sometimes I think I should write a book and title it, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Vision Therapy”. That would be a good book!

I have to thank my oep and covd family for teaching me much of what I know about child development and the emergence of vision. I am truly grateful to all my mentors, friends and clients who have been part of my story and share my passion for inspiring others to reach their fullest potential. Behavioral optometry has given me a passion and a vision for life. I am also thankful for the Eyecarrot team and their passion for helping doctors and therapists reach more people. Through Eyecarot’s behavioral optometry platform on the Binovi App, we are all able to work together, making vision therapy accessible to families all around the world!

Concussions & the Visual System

Soccer is the world’s game and the fifa World Cup it’s showcase event, surpassing other huge sporting events like the Superbowl and even the Olympics. Soccer fans watch to see crisp passes, accurate strikes, and graceful moves. But anyone who has played soccer will tell you that there are times when it’s not quite as graceful as it looks.

Concussions & the Visual System

Soccer is the world’s game and the fifa World Cup it’s showcase event, surpassing other huge sporting events like the Superbowl and even the Olympics. Soccer fans watch to see crisp passes, accurate strikes, and graceful moves. But anyone who has played soccer will tell you that there are times when it’s not quite as graceful as it looks.

Like most sports, soccer can be hard on players and the results of these contact plays is under scrutiny. Players are often elbowed, kicked, tripped, or even head-butted by both teammates and the opposition.

A common misconception is that a concussion can only be caused by a powerful hit to the head. We know now, however, that any bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth or side to side, potentially leading to a concussion or brain injury.

Disturbances to peripheral vision caused by concussions can have serious implications on performance, safety, and outcomes (a Champions League victory can net a team as much as €100M). This key vision skill plays a huge role in protecting athletes from impending impacts and is a foundational element to “sports IQ” for players on the pitch.

Studies have shown that, after a concussion, players experience problems with eye teaming, focusing, and tracking targets that make playing sports more difficult, if not impossible. We see this in athletes all the time.

But what happens when a player suffers a concussion during a game, but keeps playing?

Loris Karius, goalkeeper for Liverpool’s Premier League team, is an excellent recent example of a concussion affecting player performance. During Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid, Karius suffered a blow to the head in a collision with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos only minutes before committing 2 colossal errors. At the time, he did not receive treatment from the team’s medical staff on the pitch.

It wasn’t until well after the game that doctors concluded, following brain scans, that this collision resulted in a concussion. Doctors added that “Mr. Karius’ principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately follow the event. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.”

We at Eyecarrot can relate very well: our friend, Andy Wilkinson, former professional soccer player, suffered a blow to the head after he was struck by the ball during Stoke FC’s FA Cup tie against Blackburn in February 2015. The injury caused Wilkinson to suffer brain damage which affected the defender’s vision and made him feel sick, particularly after training sessions. Due to the severity of the injury, he was forced to retire.

Vision therapy is a powerful tool to help athletes (and the rest of us) recover from brain injuries, including concussions. The Binovi Platform was designed to allow vision therapists to prescribe therapy and track progress, ensuring the recovery is done properly, safely, and consistently. Our aim is better patient outcomes through a better patient experience.

What’s Up, Binovi?

2018 is moving fast, and so are we! The Binovi Platform is expanding and getting better! Check out what’s been happening and what’s in store for the future.

What’s Up, Binovi?

2018 is moving fast, and so are we! The Binovi Platform is expanding and getting better! Check out what’s been happening and what’s in store for the future.

The Binovi Academy: We recently announced the addition of The Binovi Academy. A world class e-library for delivering specialized educational content regarding the world of vision therapy which will be made accessible to all Binovi users.

Our first education addions are Patti Andrich’s Reflex Library Training Module 1 and Dr. Stefan Collier’s Functional Syntonics, Introduction and Chapter 1.

Binovi Pro & Binovi Coach Training Modules: We want to make our Binovi platform as easy to navigate as possible. In addition to our support site, The Eyecarrot team has developed a set of free eBooks to help walk you through all things Binovi Pro, Binovi Coach, and Binovi Touch. These training eBooks are a step-by-step interactive manual aimed to help improve the quality of your user experience with the Binovi Platform and aid in the training of Binovi users.

Bug Fixes: Sometimes we need to fix a few things, and here are what we at Eyecarrot continuously work on fixing and improving your experience with Binovi. You now have the ability to edit a patient’s personal profile ie. their birthday, email, Guardian, etc in Binovi Portal and your desktop Admin.

What’s waiting around the corner?

OEP Grid: Eyecarrot will be introducing the oep Grid; a pre-set treatment plan designed to slowly improve the effects of a concussion.

Store Data from the Binovi Touch: The Binovi Touch App will be getting a total overhaul, starting with the ability to log and track user data for organizations using Binovi Touch as a standalone device. We’re working hard to get data tracking through Binovi Pro included as well, allowing you to view, create, and track patient data through Binovi Pro and Binovi Touch together.