“Our senses can’t learn under stress”

Having compromised sensory abilities can be very stressful and that in turn can impede rehabilitation or further development. Creating a climate of understanding conducive to sensory learning is thus of paramount importance. Read the entire article at: http://neurosciencenews.com/stress-learning-senses-5942/ "Stress is part of our everyday lives – while some thrive on it, it makes others sick. But what does stress do to our senses? When we train them, we can sharpen our senses thereby improve our perceptual performance. The stress hormone cortisol completely blocks this important ability. In the current issue of “Psychoneuroendocrinology” neuroscientists of…Read more …

“Dyspraxia affects co-ordination, spatial awareness and sensory perception”

I personally don't think I have dyspraxia exactly but I relate to a ton of quotes in this article. I would say I have oculo-motor dyspraxia. Eye coordination issues which sometimes result in the same symptoms as described in this article. I particularly identify with the lady who says: 'just want it to be acceptable to be me'. Check out the entire article at the Guardian via this link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/oct/29/dyspraxia-serious-recognition.  "Imagine you're a healthy adult with a good university degree but struggle to pour a drink without spilling it, direct people across a building,…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 …

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 …

TESTIMONIAL: ‘The cost of eye muscle surgery vs Vision Therapy’ by Betsy Yaros

I related very much to this testimonial blog post by a young woman named Betsy Yaros. It even made me tear up a little when talking about how poorly she has been treated, her reading problems and difficulty in getting a suitable education and work. I think many strabismics will relate to this. Some of the eye doctors treated this person in an absolutely disgraceful way. Fortunately, someone pointed her towards VT and the results are coming in quite fast for her. I hope in time I will achieve what she is achieving.  This…Read more …
The Hess Test: How does it work and why is it administered?

The Hess Test: How does it work and why is it administered?

The Hess Test involves anaglyph glasses and a grid attached to a wall or screen in front of the patient. The purpose of this test is to get an idea of whether or not the eyes align absent of any exterior reference points and thus without any compensation ability the patient might usually be employing. During the test the patient is wearing anaglyph glasses while watching the grid. Somewhere within the grid a red light will illuminate itself or will be projected by the clinical assistent. The patient has a green laser pointer…Read more …
Research: The Effects of Sports Vision Training on Binocular Vision Function in Female University Athletes

Research: The Effects of Sports Vision Training on Binocular Vision Function in Female University Athletes

An interesting piece of research, available on the website of the US National Institutes of Health, came to my attention recently. It was published in December, 2015. It is part of a growing body of research validating the efficacy of Vision Training. I'm posting it here because it also includes some practical exercises which might inspire you to try them yourself. If you are a strabismic, make sure the risk of double vision or other adverse side effects is under control by talking to a qualified Behavioral Optometrist. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4723179/  The Effects of Sports Vision…Read more …
Elon Musk: inside the extraordinary visual brain that allows him to be a visionary

Elon Musk: inside the extraordinary visual brain that allows him to be a visionary

Nowadays Elon Musk is a much talked about public figure because of his revolutionary and trail-blazing companies Tesla and SpaceX. This article won't be about those companies or the amazing products they churn out. This article will be about Elon Musk's vision, literally. A year ago I read the book 'Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future' by Ashlee Vance and got a taste of what makes Musk's brain different. He is clearly extremely intelligent and, more interestingly, what I would call 'visually optimized'. To me, he is the…Read more …
Getting a motorcycle license with binocular vision issues and without stereo vision

Getting a motorcycle license with binocular vision issues and without stereo vision

STEP 1: theoretical exam On November 20th, 2015 I passed the theoretical exam in order to pursue a motorcycle license. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions about Belgian traffic regulations as they apply specifically to users of a motorcycle. Studying for this already posed a barrier as I have severe reading issues. Studying from a book is not possible. Consequently I used a website specifically designed to help one study for this exam (www.gratisrijbewijsonline.be) in combination with text-to-speech software. This method worked fairly well and considerably extended the periods I could work without running into halting eye…Read more …