About Dr. Nathu
Dr. Nathu was born and raised in Southern California. Her family lived in Irvine California for over 20 years. Dr. Nathu had completed her undergraduate degree in Bio Physiology at the University of Washington in 2009. She then attended Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry, where she received her degree in Optometry (O.D.) in 2014. Upon graduation, she moved to Dallas, Texas to complete her residency training in Neuro-Development and Vision Therapy/Rehabilitation under Dr. Charles Shidlofsky.
Dr. Nathu, has been very active in Neuro-developmental Optometry for most of her years in practice. She has dedicated her practice to helping families/children that have struggled in school due to vision problems often seen in: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders as well as some of the common vision problems related to focusing, eye teaming, eye movement skills, visual-spatial skills, and visual perception issues. She also has a passion for helping those with traumatic and acquired brain injury, stroke, and other neurological processing problems.
Dr. Nathu started her practice in Folsom, CA in January 2022 with the vision to create a space to help adults and children overcome their life altering visual dysfunction in order for them to achieve their functional/academic goals. Her dream, since she was young, was to build a specialized practice where families can feel confident and comfortable, they will receive answers and help to fill the blanks. Dr. Nathu is driven to use her specialized knowledge and experience in a way to help educated and bring awareness to her community.
I personally know the power and life-changing ability of individualized vision therapy because I lived it. I was born with an eye condition called Duane Syndrome, which is a developmental “mis-wiring” of one of the nerves that controls eye movements. At two weeks old, my mom noticed that my left eye was not following her correctly. She took me to several doctors where one eventually told her that I should have surgery. My parents were hesitant and torn but their intention was to make sure that I got the best care possible.
I underwent eye surgery at 5 years old, but afterwards I continually struggled in school with reading comprehension and attention. At one point one of my tutors expressed that I may have a hard time reading due something related to my eye function. She recommended I see a developmental optometrist. I will never forget at the end of my first appointment with a developmental optometrist, the doctor told us that my eyes were not “talking to each other” and “had a hard time tracking”. She told us that I had something called convergence insufficiency and Oculomotor dysfunction. She recommended vision therapy and we enrolled. It completely changed my life.
After several months of therapy, I was able to perform significantly better in school and at home and my friends and family could notice a difference. My attention and reading comprehension at school improved and I was able to achieve the grades I always wanted. At 8 years old I told my eye doctor I wanted to do what she does. I didn’t know exactly what it was called but I knew I wanted to help kids and adults with similar problems.
My personal experiences with vision therapy have driven me to provide the most comprehensive and holistic optometric care to the individuals that need it most.
Arlen is a vision therapist and patient coordinator here at Neuro-Vision & Rehabilitation Center. She received her associates in Kinesiology (Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation) at Folsom Lake College. Arlen is motivated to learn about the body’s gross and fine motor functions and enjoys learning ways to help others in their therapy and rehabilitation journey. She intends to use this knowledge to better assist her patients promote better health and motor function to help them accomplish their everyday functional goals. She prioritizes creating a positive experience and connecting with her patients and their families.