Passing the motorcycle road test

Passing the motorcycle road test

On the sixth of April I passed my final motorcycle exam: the road exam.  As far as visual learning goes, the motorcycle experience was very interesting in analyzing the flaws in how I learn. It reaffirmed some of the bottle necks in my visual process. To work around oculo-motor limitations and the lack of stereovision, I largely rely on cognitive adaptations grounded in experience and extra vigilance. Regardless of my limited visual skills and stamina, I maximally used my current visual skills in order to accomplish the task.  Basically I learned to work around…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 …
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 …
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 …
Taking inventory and planning renewed effort

Taking inventory and planning renewed effort

TAKING INVENTORY In my previous post, I pointed out some of the major life problems (mobility, sociability and reading) difficult and laboured eye movement control is causing. I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate. I also relistened to Fixing My Gaze to gain perspective. I came to the conclusion that, even though I have already improved massively, I am still experiencing all the problems Susan Barry and some other people in the book were experiencing prior to Vision Therapy. She described a life that was hampered by these visual problems although…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 …
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 …