What is Vision Therapy?

20/20 Vision?
A child or an adult may have 20/20 eyesight with or without glasses, but still have poor visual skills. Having 20/20 eyesight has little to do with how the brain is integrated, information is processed or how information is understood. The difference is critical. Poor visual skills are the most overlooked reason why a child may struggle in school as our eyes are the primary source for gathering information in learning. Read More


Success Stories

"Vision therapy was a life changing experience and worth every penny. My only regret is that we didn’t discover it sooner."

Parent of Vision Therapy Patient

"My little man went from an angry, frustrated and almost defeated child to a happy and confident kid with a “can do” spirit!"

Parent of Vision Therapy Patient

"After completing Vision Therapy both of my children participated in tutoring at the Learning Center and were able to get back on track in school and achieve grade level competencies in reading. They become more confident and now actually enjoy reading."

Parent of Tutoring Student

"Our son wasn’t reading at grade level and it was impacting even the things he previously excelled in including Math. After tutoring, he’s completely turned things around, is reading at grade level and his teacher can’t believe how much more confidence he has."

Parent of Tutoring Student

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Meet The Staff

Learn Who We Are

  • Daniel R. Hock

    Dr. Hock received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his doctorate degree in 1995 from Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon, where he was distinguished with the Butterworth-Heinemann Award for Clinical Excellence in Vision Therapy. As a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association, he serves as a committee member on the Children’s Vision Task Force and participates as an InfantSee Provider and in the Sight for Students Program.

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  • Valerie Minch
    M.A.T., V.T.

    Valerie Minch brings a unique skill set to our vision therapy team. She studied Physics and received a BS in Psychology during her undergraduate education, and later pursued her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has 10 years of experience in the classroom allowing her to offer advice for classroom modifications, IEP meetings, as well as reading strategies. Valerie is also an optician, which combined with her experience as a teacher, gives her a strong and effective understanding of how vision affects the learning process and how to address visual needs of patients as a Vision Therapist. Valerie loves the outdoors, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and birding. She lives in Evergreen with her 2 children and elderly whippet named Ivan.

  • Donna Hanisch

    Our learning center is headed up by Donna Hanisch, a retired teacher with over 30 years of experience (25 of them spent in Jefferson County), she has a master’s degree in reading and specializes in phonemic awareness, comprehension and fluency. She and her husband Bob have raised their 5 children in Evergreen and all have graduated from Evergreen and Conifer High Schools. She loves helping children whether they are needing additional help or enriching their skills because she loves to see children that are successful and love to learn.


Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Ursula is fabulous!! Her work with my daughter’s vision therapy was truly life changing! My daughter was basically failing third grade, with the teacher suggesting we test for ADHD since dyslexia tests were negative, when we heard about Evergreen Vision Clinic. Dr. Hauck diagnosed convergence insufficiency and tracking issues. After a summer of therapy, my daughter was back at grade level. She’s now a straight A honor student in high school."
    Kate W.S.
  • "We had a great experience with Evergreen Vision and Learning Center. They came highly recommended from our optometrist. My daughter was struggling with reading and her school work was showing it. It was a huge fight to get her to read at all, and writing assignments took an exorbitant amount of time with lots of tears. We met with Ursula for several weeks. She's great and my daughter loves her. After a few weeks, my daughter's eyeballs are working better and she is reading with more ease. Her confidence has improved and she will now try to read things she would give up on before. She has also completed her science fair project and an essay/digital presentation for school with zero crying or fighting about it. This is huge!!"
    Jessyca W.

Featured Articles

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  • Can Amblyopia Be Corrected?

    Have you been told that your vision can't be improved if you have amblyopia? Thanks to vision therapy, that may not be true. ...

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  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    One of the leading causes of vision loss in people who are age 50 or older is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This common eye condition leads to damage of a small spot near the center of the retina called the macula. The macula provides us with the ability to clearly see objects that are straight ...

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  • Peripheral Vision Loss

    Normal sight includes central vision (the field of view straight ahead) and peripheral vision (the field of view outside the circle of central vision). The inability to see within a normal range of view often indicates peripheral vision loss. In severe cases of peripheral vision loss, individuals only ...

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  • Patches

    Eye patches are used to strengthen muscle control in weak eyes. By placing a patch over the strong eye, the weaker eye is forced to do the heavy lifting. While it may be uncomfortable for the patient at first, the muscle controlling the weaker eye will become tougher and more resilient. This will allow ...

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  • Learning Disabilities and Vision Therapy

    Does your child struggle in school due to learning disabilities? Vision therapy may make learning easier. ...

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  • Macular Hole

    The condition known as a macular hole refers to a tiny break in the macula that results in blurry or distorted vision. To fully understand the condition, one must understand eye anatomy. The macula is a spot located in the center of the retina (the back portion of the eye). Located where light comes ...

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  • Nystagmus

    Nystagmus is a vision condition characterized by repetitive, uncontrolled eye movements. These involuntary eye movements may be side-to-side, up and down, or in a circular pattern, which hinders the eyes’ ability to focus on a steady object. Individuals with nystagmus may hold their heads in unusual ...

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  • How It Works

    Vision therapy, also referred to as vision training, neuro-vision therapy, or vision rehabilitation, is an optometry subspecialty. Vision therapy is prescribed to develop, improve and/or enhance visual function so an individual’s vision system functions more smoothly. Vision therapy can be beneficial ...

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  • How It Helps

    The goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be fully addressed through eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. For example, studies show that vision therapy may be beneficial for addressing eyestrain and other issues that can affect a child’s reading abilities. The human brain ...

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  • Signs and Symptoms Checklist

    Vision therapy, which is also known as vision training or visual training, is an individualized treatment program that can help identify and correct perceptual-cognitive deficiencies that are impacting visual learning, focus, and concentration. Vision Therapy for Children: Checklist While individuals ...

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