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 …
Can earplugs contribute to visual comfort?

Can earplugs contribute to visual comfort?

I think so. Or at least, that's my experience. There are good reasons to believe this might be the case for many other strabismics. - People who suffer from binocular eye teaming issues often have trouble integrating the senses generally as well. When it's very hard to operate vision coherently and without confusion, hearing tends to take over some of the visual load and can become oversensitive. This can make it hard to guide attention and control input to the desired sense and you might be suffering from sensory overload. Earplugs can help…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 …
Visual discomfort, muscle tension and stretching

Visual discomfort, muscle tension and stretching

There is a persistent problem when doing interactive and, in particular, fine oculo-motor tasks. These tasks include almost everything, from reading, driving, to social interaction, except watching a movie or staring at a blank wall during which you can just let the images wash over you without feeling the necessity to react in a specific oculo-motor way. Even when reading with audio support from audio books, it can get somewhat uncomfortable. After a while my body feels stress, discomfort, agitation. Muscle tense up and pain creeps in. Ultimately I start sweating and experiencing…Read more …
Reading without pain and strain is amazing

Reading without pain and strain is amazing

Finally was able to read this book! I bought it back in 2010, apparently, at that moment, still buying into the illusion that I might somehow be able to read it without torturing myself to insanity with visual strain, headaches and other kinds of pain and symptoms. An ordeal that might have taken many months, if even at all feasable, and might arguably not have been worth it. Now, having acquired the accompanying Audible version, I read in two weeks, in between of other daily activities and without pain. A nice example of…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 …
Pacing your efforts

Pacing your efforts

As we have seen in earlier posts, to some people Visual Neurorehabilitation comes fairly fast and easy. For others it can take longer due to developmental or surgical complications or injury. If VT takes its time and you seem to be stuck on a subpar functional level for a long time, managing internal and external expectations is crucial. When dealing with neurological vision problems, be it a binocular or processing disorder, managing expectations is extremely important because of their relative invisibility to the uninformed or callous observer or family member. Most hurt comes from wanting…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 …
Visual rope skipping

Visual rope skipping

The last couple of days I have been doing some rope skipping while reading an eye chart out loud. I did this both monocularly and binocularly. This exercise works on gaze stability and saccade accuracy while loading cognitively (reading/speaking) and vestibularly (going up and down movement/balance). It's hard to keep place and stay concentrated, especially with the drifting left eye alone. It's also not just a visual work out, let me tell ya!  Read more …