Angie H: Vision Therapy resolved my brother’s lifelong reading issues and “ADD” caused by Strabismus at age 31

Angie H: Vision Therapy resolved my brother’s lifelong reading issues and “ADD” caused by Strabismus at age 31

"No child should have to struggle needlessly in the classroom. No child should have to deal with misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD when the underlying issue is binocular vision problems. This is a picture of my brother, who at the age of 31, found out he had a form of strabismus that had never been detected, although he had had routine eye exams for years and had 20/20 eyesight with contacts. For years my brother struggled in school and had a diagnosis of ADD. He took Strattera for years, and the medicine helped some, but it didn't…Read more …
Herb Black: Geologist turned Optometrist after 3D vision discovery

Herb Black: Geologist turned Optometrist after 3D vision discovery

"I had never had 3D vision, but didn't really know it until I was an adult. I noticed I had no 3D vision because, as a geologist, my colleagues would look at stereo pairs of aerial photos, fuse them in free space or with a viewer, and see 3D. I could not do that at all. It was a real mystery to me how they could do that, especially in free space without a 3D viewer. My daughter had binocular vision problems as a child and was helped tremendously by optometric vision therapy here in…Read more …
INTERVIEW: Nick Swaans, construction worker turned stereo vision builder

INTERVIEW: Nick Swaans, construction worker turned stereo vision builder

REMINDER: When reading on a desktop or laptop, you can have the article read to you by selecting the desired paragraph and clicking on the little speaker icon. NICK, THE BUILDER Nick Swaans is 25 years old, lives in Beerse (Belgium) and describes himself as a true born builder. With his 1,88 meters of length, Nick has an imposing stature. Some have described him as being a "rough diamond". Professionally, Nick is active as a construction worker at the Total oil refinery in the port of Antwerp. His specializes in groundwork, by both hand and machine.…Read more …

“As I see in much more stereo, I feel much more calmness in my brain”

"I still have strabismus, but I am relearning to see in 3D. When I am able to use both eyes and see stereoscopically, I can really sense much more depth. I think that the visual system innately ties into the brain to create a spatial effect. It really does look much more full to me. I also really sense the spatial awareness. As I see in much more stereo, I feel much more calmness in my brain as well. Strabismus causes a lot of tension in my neck, upper back and shoulders. I…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 …
INTERVIEW: How Bill Johnston discovered stereo vision at the age of 70

INTERVIEW: How Bill Johnston discovered stereo vision at the age of 70

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. I first learned about Bill Johnston when, in early 2014, he posted this message in one of the amblyopia and strabismus Facebook groups. “My lazy eye turned on on New Year’s Day. I don’t have amblyopia anymore and I do have depth perception for the first time in my life. The whole world is more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I will be 70 years old in the…Read more …
Cheiroscope: video, drawing samples and implications

Cheiroscope: video, drawing samples and implications

After a nice theoretical post, let's get down to the nitty gritty. How can we get a tangible look into how someone perceives his personal space? How can we determine inconsistent perception of space interfering with the construction of solid brain maps? As vision writes spatial equations for the muscles to solve, cheiroscopic drawing is an interesting way to gauge the state of ocular motor ability and spatial vision. During cheiroscopic drawing, one's visual system is completely stripped of contextual aids. Broader context often helps strabismics to get around and complete certain tasks…Read more …
Mark B, strabismic pilot with eyes on the skies

Mark B, strabismic pilot with eyes on the skies

Around a year ago I met Mark B. through our DIY Vision Therapy Facebook group. Every so often he'd post a picture of a little airplane or an air field on his Facebook profile. I thought he must really like planes but since he was strabismic he probably doesn't fly them himself. Turns out I was wrong! MICHAEL: Hi Mark, where do you live and how old are you? MARK: I live in the Brittish midlands, in Redditch more specifically. That's just south of Birmingham. I'm 39 years old and will turn 40…Read more …
How does it feel to live with Ménière’s syndrome?

How does it feel to live with Ménière’s syndrome?

Earlier I wrote about the intricate link between the visual and the vestibular system. They cannot be understood separately. During this research on the vestibular system I stumbled upon something called Ménière's syndrome. What is Ménière's Syndrome? (Taken from the book 'Vision Rehabilitation'.) "The etiology of Ménière’s syndrome is not completely understood but is considered to be idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown) endolymphatic hydrops. Symptoms occur when excessive amounts of endolymphatic fluid swell the endolymphatic space in the membranous labyrinth. Onset is typically spontaneous with symptoms of severe rotational vertigo, fluctuations in…Read more …