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: ‘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 …
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 …
Audio-aided visual reading: a one year status report

Audio-aided visual reading: a one year status report

One year ago (September, 2015), I wrote about a new reading system I was implementing combining vision and audio support. It was a newly acquired skill which I could not do prior to that point in time. This reading combination takes the edge of gaze fixation and eye tracking while having a definite advantage over audio alone. I will repost some of that post down below because the remarks are still very relevant when it comes to understanding my vision problems and vision in general. In the meantime, I've been keeping some stats…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 …
What can Icarus teach us about learning with limitations?

What can Icarus teach us about learning with limitations?

Michael Lievens May 3rd, 2016 "During the fall of 2015 I discovered these open source textbooks at www.lightandmatter.com. I use the open source PDF to generate an audio file of the text with my text-to-speech software. Meanwhile I also bought the two Simple Nature books with a much appreciated Strabismus World donation in order to track the printed text visually. This way I can read/listen to the content in a way that works for me and make up for some holes in my general education. Anyway, loving the open source platform and wanted to…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 …
Sartre’s Strabismus: Exotropic Existentialism

Sartre’s Strabismus: Exotropic Existentialism

I usually don't simply repost material from other blogs but I wanted to preserve these snippets about Sartre in my records. Many thanks to Dr. Leonard Press from the Vision Help Blog for sharing this information. In his blog entry, he refers to a book called "At the existentialist café" by Sarah Bakewell. ... In tracking the birth of modern existentialism to the Bec-de-Gaz bar on page one, Bakewell jumps right into Sartre’s misaligned gaze: “The one who later told the story in most detail was Simone de Beauvoir, then around twenty-five years old…Read more …