TESTIMONIAL: KR (64) wants to improve age-related decompensation of strabismus

KR: I am 64. I first noticed there was something wrong with my vision about 5 years ago.  The first symptom was slight double vision in my right side gaze. I mentioned it to my ophthalmologist and she was not concerned at that point. We would keep monitoring it during my annual checkups. It gradually worsened but did not affect my daily life. Three years ago she sent me to a strabismus doctor (strabologist) so we could keep track of the progression. I was diagnosed with age-related decompensating esodeviation. ML: Did you have strabismus as…Read more …

FAQ: How to deal with an ‘invisible’ but real vision disability?

MY ORIGINAL POST Michael Lievens "Currently, I can do almost everything a normal person can. If not, I use aids like audio assistance. The worrisome part is that no matter what activity involving a lot of eye movement, I get exhausted after two or three hours max. Then my reconversion and recovery takes quite a while, usually longer than the activity itself. Now here's the deal... How the hell am I supposed to be a reliable employee or entrepreneur like that? And if not, since I can do many things 'normally' for brief…Read more …
INTERVIEW: “At age 58 I can finally see properly for the first time ever. I am finally at peace.”

INTERVIEW: “At age 58 I can finally see properly for the first time ever. I am finally at peace.”

MICHAEL: Hello K! Who are you and where do you live now? K: I was born in 1958 in the Cherokee Nation in the state of Arkansas. My ancestors were from the Eastern Band of Cherokees and migrated south from the Trail of Tears. I lived there from 1958-60  when we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is close to The Four Corners Area. I was adopted into a Hopi family from that region later. In 1966, my family moved to Oahu, Hawaii. My childhood and youth in Hawaii were pretty tough for various reasons.…Read more …

The paradox of wearing my eye glasses

My prescription glasses are +2.5 for farsightedness (hyperopia) on either side with some astigmatism in the left eye. Due to rigidity after strabismus surgery I have lagging eye movements and some degree of both divergence and convergence insufficiency. What are the effects of those glasses? Close range work / reading ADVANTAGE ---> Helps with accommodation, in other words seeing a clear image. DISADVANTAGE ---> Counter-acts convergence, makes the eyes slide outwards/diverge. ---> Makes convergence insufficiency worse. ---> Doubling of the images. Beyond 1,5 meter range ADVANTAGE ---> Helps the eyes diverge. ---> Helps…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 …
Walking and Exploring as Visual Exercise

Walking and Exploring as Visual Exercise

Over the last two years, double vision when merely sitting still has become increasingly less of a problem. Now I'm working on keeping my vision together within a moving body or while doing more cognitively taxing tasks, or a combination of those! An underrated vision exercise is taking walks. The most exhausting thing about walks for me is keeping my eyes in check. You are placing demands on your vision (exploring the environment at various distances, requiring you to make saccades, track objects, (con/di-)verge and use central as well as peripheral vision) while…Read more …

Confusing double vision: “I often feel like being on a cruise ship during a storm”

A comment from the Strabismus World Facebook page: "I have strabismus and amblyopia. At age 38, I had my first eye muscle surgery for crossed eyes which gave me really bad diplopia (double vision). Thank you for worsening my vision, Dr Mark Steckle. Finally, 4 years later, I found a Neuro-ophthalmologist who was willing to help. He collimated or aligned my eyes as best as he could but perfection is impossible. The dominant eye became strained and releases its grip of the recessive or weaker eye and this created the diplopia. The double…Read more …

“Strabismus can have profound effects on physical and psychological well-being”

The following comment was posted in our online vision group by a 49-year-old woman living in Berlin. I judged it too relevant and pressing to have it simply go down the FB drain. "Vision problems such as strabismus can have profound effects on both physical and psychological well-being. I didn't fully realise this until I started Vision Therapy. A lot of things are making sense now that didn't before, like not being able to read sheet music or bus timetables, or to do "spotting" at ballet lessons. I would also, for instance, keep…Read more …
Emotional boom and bust: A life and mind curtailed by eye muscle paresis

Emotional boom and bust: A life and mind curtailed by eye muscle paresis

So far, this year had been pretty good. I felt like the perceived  social and financial problems were starting to ease down and I had found a little breathing space. I re-engaged in more social settings and generally felt like time went by a little faster because things were less gloomy. Things weren't exactly sorted out because I still couldn't take on the responsibility of a job or a solid future plan but nevertheless I was less of an outcast. Notwithstanding, structural problems and lack of a functional base remain. When life is…Read more …
Strabismus, mobility and cycling in particular

Strabismus, mobility and cycling in particular

REMINDER: When reading on a desktop, you can have the article read to you by selecting the desired paragraph and clicking on the little speaker icon. My last official VT session, for now, was on the 27th of March, 2015. Because of a personnel change at my developmental optometrist Guy Naegels' practice, I was asked to discontinue training at his office. My training optometrist, Sofie De Witte, who has been working with me for over four years, has left the practice to become a fully independent practitioner. I can still return to Guy Naegels' office for…Read more …