Success Story: Samir Johnson
Vision Therapy Assists Man with Traumatic Brain Injury
A devastating car accident in 2007 left Samir Johnson of Mount Pocono in a coma for weeks with a traumatic brain injury and severe damage to his legs. His recovery process began at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown before returning home with his grandmother, Melissa Johnson, who took charge of his care.
Over the years, he has undergone seven surgeries to repair the extensive damage to his brain, hips and legs, and today has regained much of his mobility. However, he was still suffering from vision issues that were affecting his ability to see and walk.
Now, with the help of Good Shepherd’s Vision Therapy Program, Samir’s progress continues. His range of vision has improved, he’s able to read more quickly and he’s overcoming balance issues. He’s looking forward to one day being able to get his driver’s license and find a job.
According to Jenna Sopp, MS, OTR/L, an occupational therapist who works with Samir in the Vision Therapy Program, he is making excellent progress due his determined attitude. “Through all of his trials and tribulations, Samir always comes to therapy with a smile on his face,” says Jenna. “He brightens up a room and is motivated to continually improve.”
Vision therapy helps older teen and adults overcome vision-related issues related to neurological problems such as stroke, concussion, multiple sclerosis, tumors and other brain or head injuries. Good Shepherd’s specially trained therapists use tools and therapy techniques that include computer programs, hand-held prisms, flipper glasses, range of motion exercises and progressive strobe therapy.
Read more about Vision Therapy at Good Shepherd.