‘The ticking time bomb that split my world in two’

‘The ticking time bomb that split my world in two’

About a week ago me and a man named Ryan Brooks had a thought-provoking conversation on my Facebook wall.  I had just shared my latest blog entry 'The margin of error'. He commented "I always find your posts extremely interesting. I had a bleed in the brain stem which has left me with double vision. This is how I see now." That is not your every day Facebook comment but I knew the visual phenomenon he was talking about of course. As I'm always open to learning about how other people deal with…Read more …
A wedding without double vision

A wedding without double vision

This weekend I attended a friend's wedding. I enjoyed it immensely. It was a reminder of the fact that not everything in life has to be a struggle. Not everything needs to be difficult. It's nice to see so many happy faces celebrating a joyous occasion. During the last three years I have gone out of social circulation a bit. This is because I was suffering from all the symptoms you might associate with a severe concussion due to chronically untreated and mistreated strabismus. Social circumstances don't always bend to health and resting…Read more …
Strabismus, visual field loss and visual-spatial neglect

Strabismus, visual field loss and visual-spatial neglect

"Right after I lost vision in my eye, I was so bad at walking that I ran into a girl eating ice cream, and knocked her cone out of her hand. She screamed: ‘Are you blind!?!?’ I turned to her and said: ‘I am blind actually, I’m so sorry, I’ll buy you a new cone.’ And she said: ‘Oh my God! I’m so sorry! Don’t worry! It’s no problem at all! I’ll buy another one.’ So we walked into the ice cream store together, and the clerk said: ‘I heard the whole thing.…Read more …
Session 72: In pursuit of more speed, accuracy and consistency

Session 72: In pursuit of more speed, accuracy and consistency

The foundation has been put in place. Finishing it up by perfecting the collaboration between vergence (eye movements) and accommodation (manipulation of the eye lens by your tiny muscles in the eye) and increasing capacity will be the closing deal. Major physical restrictions have been largely eliminated. More speed, more accuracy and more endurance. These will be the stakes as I move towards normal functionality. The time that I could not even participate in certain training activities has passed. Finally most activities are accessible and progress will, rather than being merely damage control and…Read more …