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 …
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 …
How do binocular vision issues interfere with participation in society?

How do binocular vision issues interfere with participation in society?

A reading disability rooted in binocular vision issues pretty much excludes one from serious academic, socio-economic and democratic participation. Reading means the crucial freedom to advance and inform oneself without being dependent on others. If the vision problem also interferes with close-up manual labour, fine visio-motor skills and driving skills, you are out of options and positioned completely outside of society without defense. Game over.  Read more …
FAQ: How to recognize possible binocular vision issues disguised as “learning disabilities”

FAQ: How to recognize possible binocular vision issues disguised as “learning disabilities”

Some observations and tips from Angie Hammack Huskison who is an experienced Vision Therapist working at Snider Therapy Center in Columbus, Mississippi. "I meet often with teachers and administrative staff regarding our patients that are in our therapy program. I had a meeting just this Tuesday, and the teacher stated she couldn't understand why the child wouldn't complete any work on the right side of the page. I was able to explain that this child has extremely small visual motion fields (she can't see the entire page) and that light therapy will address those…Read more …
Some vision testing in front of the webcam

Some vision testing in front of the webcam

Inspired by Dr. Charles Boulet's article on the Cover Test, I  felt like doing some testing in front of the webcam. First you can see me doing some saccades, or jumping movements, going from one corner of my laptop screen to the other. I started off quite well but then my left eye started lagging and had trouble keeping up. This resulted in some double vision when looking at the right. I slowed down and paid more attention to remedy the problem. In order to reduce 'slippage' my left eye needs to improve…Read more …
Orthoptists vs Developmental Optometrists: What’s the difference?

Orthoptists vs Developmental Optometrists: What’s the difference?

Orthoptists and developmental optometrists both work in the field of diagnosing, measuring and treating binocular vision problems, strabismus and amblyopia. They both use the same vocabulary to describe a problem and even often use the same tools. So why this distinction? I can only speak for certain about the situation in most European countries but I assume this must similar in other parts of the world. In the wonderful book Suddenly Successful I read a while back a fairly detailed history of this branch of vision care was provided. Somewhere during the first…Read more …
Book Review: ‘The story of the human body: Evolution, Health and Disease’ by Daniel E. Lieberman – Strabismus from an evolutionary biology point of view

Book Review: ‘The story of the human body: Evolution, Health and Disease’ by Daniel E. Lieberman – Strabismus from an evolutionary biology point of view

Note:This review contains two sections. The first half of this article reviews the book from a general perspective while the second half deals with the book's implications to vision care and strabismus in particular. Each can be read separately according to your interest but of course you are more than welcome to read the entire review. Enjoy! "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." ,- Theodosius Dobzhansky In the first half of the book Lieberman kicks off with a detailed history of how we got to be Homo Sapiens and how…Read more …
Things I’m starting to enjoy lately

Things I’m starting to enjoy lately

For one, it is getting easier to compare prices in the supermarket. I also started to like watching people go by juxtaposed to a stationary background. Moreover, there's a special kind of joy to tracing a moving car with your eyes while being in motion yourself. It's amazing you and the car are in motion and you can adjust your eyes as for it not to go double! I'm sure many of the visually spoiled out there don't even think about things like that, but there's more! I'm starting to understand the concept…Read more …
Book Review: ‘The Autistic Brain, thinking across the spectrum’ by Temple Grandin

Book Review: ‘The Autistic Brain, thinking across the spectrum’ by Temple Grandin

I want to start out by clarifying my vantage point and why I read this book with great interest. When I heard an interview with Temple Grandin on the brain science podcast about this book and how she emphasized the great neglect of sensory issues in both research and treatment of autism I hád to read it. I am not autistic but I sure as hell do know what it is to have sensory brain issues. The only genetic predisposition I had was a tendency to be long sighted. That and flawed vision…Read more …

No more emotional meltdowns for Asher

That kid is me but only ginger. Housework did take ages, I had a lot of meltdowns and actually threw a few chairs in school once! Click on the link to watch the video. No more meltdowns for Asher!Frustration and emotional meltdowns are sometimes a consequence of binocular vision problems, such as Convergence Insufficiency (CI), visual focusing and tracking problems. Take a look and hear how Asher and his mother describe what life was like for Asher before and now after his vision therapy. Asher also gives a special word of thanks to…Read more …