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 …
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 woman who changed her brain – Barbara Arrowsmith Young

Book Review: The woman who changed her brain – Barbara Arrowsmith Young

To give you an idea of how mind-bending this book is I will start out by telling you the following... Even though I sort of knew what to expect because of the references to this story given in the book 'The brain that changed itself' I read earlier and watching a TED talk given by author Barbara Arrowsmith Young, I continuously thought to myself 'this is so important! people need to know this! this can alter and save tons of lives!' while listening to this book. So after listening to the book once, I…Read more …

Book Review: The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks' books are impressive and this one is no exception. He's always willing to go that extra mile in trying to understand the experience of people who are confronted with all kinds of neurological anomalies. One of my favourite Oliver Sacks quotes is very truthful and at the same time marvelously reveals his curious and compassionate attitude towards his patients. "Classical fables have archetypal figures — heroes, victims, martyrs, warriors. Neurological patients are all of these. ... They are travelers to unimaginable lands — lands of which otherwise we should have no…Read more …
Youtube Book Review: The brain that changes itself

Youtube Book Review: The brain that changes itself

In 'Fixing my Gaze' Susan Barry describes the marvels that brain plasticity has brought to her life through engaging in optometric vision therapy and overcoming strabismus. It also made clear that vision is not something that can be isolated from the rest of the body or brain, since vision is the major source of sensory input and affects the way we think and everything we do. Neuroplasticity is the new Buzz word and I was wondering how far this principle goes and what implications it has, not only for vision care, but also…Read more …

“How do you explain to friends and family that you are turning into a psycho because your eyes are changing?”

As strabismus is essentially a brain problem, it touches more than vision alone. During my research I found lists of symptoms which in hindsight all make sense, one being 'emotional problems and anxiety'. This is true and during therapy the changes in your sight and brain make this symptom even more apparent. Heather Essex Thomas put it in a very funny way: "So I am very excited about all the changes that have been going on. But I am being to feel very emotional and a bit unsteady. Not sure what to think…Read more …