FAQ: Figuring out a prognosis for functional strabismus recovery

FAQ: Figuring out a prognosis for functional strabismus recovery

Having read the strabismus chapter of "Applied Concepts in VT", I've found many encouraging but also discouraging quotes. Keep in mind that I mostly read this chapter with my own case in mind. This means that factors pertaining to my own case stand out more to me. Factors that might be immensely important to other patients' cases and mentioned in the chapter are not necessarily mentioned in my list. This table of probability allows one to calculate the odds of functional recovery of a strabismic based on his or her specific characteristics. It's…Read more …
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 …

TMJ, gross motor and vision exercise

Interestingly nowadays my most prominent symptoms related to my unbalanced vision is jaw and ear pain on my left side which is also the side with my more restrained eye. I'm trying some TMJ (temperomandibular joint) exercises from YouTube for symptom remediation and they seem to be working pretty well. Nowadays I'm doing training on three fronts: TMJ, general movement/running and specific vision stuff. My whole left side, particularly of my face, needs to get back in sync. I notice I was avoiding quite a lot of things to avoid getting this TMJ…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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …