E-book version of ‘Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy’

E-book version of ‘Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy’

As you might have noticed lately, I've been studying and sharing many interesting passages from the book 'Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy' by Leonard Press. It's pretty darn awesome but it took me a long time before I was able to start reading it. I ordered the physical copy from OEPF years ago and only recently found a way to turn a book into an audio file: I scanned the book, had a program run text recognition on the images and then turned the text into an audio file. This cumbersome process allowed…Read more …
Book Review: ‘The hidden link between vision and learning’ by Wendy Beth Rosen

Book Review: ‘The hidden link between vision and learning’ by Wendy Beth Rosen

The author of this book, Wendy Beth Rosen, was so kind to lend me an e-copy of her new book for review. As I love books and am obsessed with vision, I gladly accepted. The book reminded me of a book earlier reviewed on this website: Suddenly Successful by H. Dawkins (1989). That being the case, many of its core points were not all that new to me but they still haven't become any less relevant!  'The hidden link between vision and learning' provides a basic theoretical framework for understanding binocular vision problems and…Read more …
Sartre’s Strabismus: Exotropic Existentialism

Sartre’s Strabismus: Exotropic Existentialism

I usually don't simply repost material from other blogs but I wanted to preserve these snippets about Sartre in my records. Many thanks to Dr. Leonard Press from the Vision Help Blog for sharing this information. In his blog entry, he refers to a book called "At the existentialist café" by Sarah Bakewell. ... In tracking the birth of modern existentialism to the Bec-de-Gaz bar on page one, Bakewell jumps right into Sartre’s misaligned gaze: “The one who later told the story in most detail was Simone de Beauvoir, then around twenty-five years old…Read more …
Book Review: Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury

Book Review: Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury

Throughout 2014, I read a vision care manual called "Vision rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury ". It was an amazing experience. For people with binocular vision problems, or neurological vision issues more generally, the world can be very lonely and hostile as the vast majority of health care practicioners, including most ophthlamologists and neurologists, don't really understand these conditions and don't know how to connect the outwardly visible signs, anatomy and symptoms. Consequently they  know even less about  treating the root of these problems in a constructive manner and…Read more …
Book Review: Dr. B’s Parent and Teacher Guides on Child Vision, Learning & Development: Fundamentals 1

Book Review: Dr. B’s Parent and Teacher Guides on Child Vision, Learning & Development: Fundamentals 1

REMINDER: To have the article read to you, select the desired paragraph and click on the little speaker icon. After setting up this new website, I sat down to review Charles Boulet's first 'Parent and Teacher Guide to Child Vision, Learning and Development'. It had been on my to-do list for some time! The text reflects many of my views on what is going wrong during standard vision screenings (especially as far as farsightedness is concerned), binocular vision treatment and, more generally, in how children with sensory-motor difficulties are being treated. These subjects are close to my heart. The…Read more …
Book Review: ‘The story of the human body: Evolution, Health and Disease’ by Daniel E. Lieberman – Strabismus from an evolutionary biology point of view

Book Review: ‘The story of the human body: Evolution, Health and Disease’ by Daniel E. Lieberman – Strabismus from an evolutionary biology point of view

Note:This review contains two sections. The first half of this article reviews the book from a general perspective while the second half deals with the book's implications to vision care and strabismus in particular. Each can be read separately according to your interest but of course you are more than welcome to read the entire review. Enjoy! "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." ,- Theodosius Dobzhansky In the first half of the book Lieberman kicks off with a detailed history of how we got to be Homo Sapiens and how…Read more …
Book Review: ‘The Autistic Brain, thinking across the spectrum’ by Temple Grandin

Book Review: ‘The Autistic Brain, thinking across the spectrum’ by Temple Grandin

I want to start out by clarifying my vantage point and why I read this book with great interest. When I heard an interview with Temple Grandin on the brain science podcast about this book and how she emphasized the great neglect of sensory issues in both research and treatment of autism I hád to read it. I am not autistic but I sure as hell do know what it is to have sensory brain issues. The only genetic predisposition I had was a tendency to be long sighted. That and flawed vision…Read more …
Book review: Fixing My Gaze by Susan Barry

Book review: Fixing My Gaze by Susan Barry

After I read 'Fixing My Gaze' for the third time in three years I decided to write a long overdue review about the book that got this whole VT party started. I first read it during the summer of 2010. At the time I was undergoing all kinds of personal, academic and medical crises and I realized I was on my own. So I turned to the oracle that is Google and went looking for better alternatives to help me get rid of my double vision. This time in English. I discovered Vision…Read more …
Book Review: The woman who changed her brain – Barbara Arrowsmith Young

Book Review: The woman who changed her brain – Barbara Arrowsmith Young

To give you an idea of how mind-bending this book is I will start out by telling you the following... Even though I sort of knew what to expect because of the references to this story given in the book 'The brain that changed itself' I read earlier and watching a TED talk given by author Barbara Arrowsmith Young, I continuously thought to myself 'this is so important! people need to know this! this can alter and save tons of lives!' while listening to this book. So after listening to the book once, I…Read more …

Book Review: The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks' books are impressive and this one is no exception. He's always willing to go that extra mile in trying to understand the experience of people who are confronted with all kinds of neurological anomalies. One of my favourite Oliver Sacks quotes is very truthful and at the same time marvelously reveals his curious and compassionate attitude towards his patients. "Classical fables have archetypal figures — heroes, victims, martyrs, warriors. Neurological patients are all of these. ... They are travelers to unimaginable lands — lands of which otherwise we should have no…Read more …