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 …

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 …
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 …

The accommodative rock demonstrated

This is a video of me performing an exercise called 'accommodative rock' or a version thereof. You need a tiny letter chart to hold in your hand and another big letter chart on the wall in front of you. The exercise simply consists of alternately reading a letter from the paper in your hand and then a letter from the chart on the wall. That sounds pretty easy and straight forward but with a history of strabismus (surgery), it isn't. Both stimuli require very different responses from both they accommodative as vergence systems. It's…Read more …
Matan Drumer on living with and overcoming Convergence Insufficiency

Matan Drumer on living with and overcoming Convergence Insufficiency

Previously I wrote about how lately my situation more resembles a Convergence Insufficiency profile rather than a manifest strabismus profile. Most of the time my eyes are grossly aligned and I'm aware of both images although I do have some remaining surround suppression. My cyclopean eye is also still somewhat positioned to the right side of my head. Traditionally I used to be an alternating esotrope with a dominant right eye but after some surgeries the situation has gotten a lot more complex. For the moment the issue most impeding me from being…Read more …

Free anti-suppression Tetris

A while back I discovered an inspired programmer and blogger had tried to build an anti-suppression Vision Therapy Tetris game. Upon finding it I was very excited and set out to try it with my red green anaglyph glasses. The game itself is a normal tetris game and I suppose the coloring had already been changed but it still wasn't suited for anti-suppression play because I could 'cheat' my way through the game using only one eye. Before I'd also tried squinty Josh's anti-suppression solitair game. He applied the right colors in order to make his solitair game 'uncheatable', meaning that you are…Read more …
Syntonics report

Syntonics report

By the end of last year I had learned about this supplementary light therapy called syntonics that can be used along with VT to enhance results. The paper was very convincing so I wanted to try it. As it turned out that is easier said than done... My own optometrist was of the opinion that it was only to be used for anti-suppressant purposes and given my double vision that was not what I needed. 'It will only worsen the double vision.' This statement is wrong on a number of levels. - I…Read more …
How to rehabilitate a lazy eye while promoting binocularity?

How to rehabilitate a lazy eye while promoting binocularity?

According to my research traditional amblyopia treatment (patching the dominant eye) is not beneficial for eye teaming and what it might do for the acuity in a lazy eye it will destroy on the binocular front. Moreover, improvements in acuity will often only be of a temporary nature and be lost once patching treatment is stopped because the visual system will go back to its old ways and mostly ignore that particular eye's input. Patching is as ineffective as it is impractical. So what's to be done?  If you want to promote integrating the amblyopic  eye into the visual system, you have to use it while putting the dominant eye…Read more …