David Cook , founder of Cook Eyesight Therapy Middle in Marietta, Georgia, and writer of When Your Child Struggles, The Myth of 20/20 Vision.’ Unfortunately, a number of these students assume everyone sees the way they see. Many children, and adults, too, can permanently appropriate their vision issues and eliminate the resulting problems in a matter of a few months through vision therapy, which is actually physical therapy for the eyes, said Dr. Cook. While these vision complications are easy to correct relatively, they go undetected often.We are dedicated to seeing this region escape from being one of the sickest elements of America, says Phillip Kern, MD, Director at the Center for Translational and Clinical Research and Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Middle, University of Kentucky . We also think that what we learn here could possibly be reapplied to other underserved or rural communities in the U.S. So it is much bigger than helping people in Appalachia – we’re looking for solutions that could influence everyone, almost everywhere. Collaboration is key to success The Appalachian region is a 205,000-square-mile region that spans from southern NY to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other says with an estimated population of 24.8 million. Claims that include significant portions of Appalachia demonstrate high ratings for many chronic illnesses and diseases consistently, with West and Kentucky Virginia having some of the worst ratings in the U.S.