Elon Musk: inside the extraordinary visual brain that allows him to be a visionary

Elon Musk: inside the extraordinary visual brain that allows him to be a visionary

Nowadays Elon Musk is a much talked about public figure because of his revolutionary and trail-blazing companies Tesla and SpaceX. This article won't be about those companies or the amazing products they churn out. This article will be about Elon Musk's vision, literally. A year ago I read the book 'Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future' by Ashlee Vance and got a taste of what makes Musk's brain different. He is clearly extremely intelligent and, more interestingly, what I would call 'visually optimized'. To me, he is the…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 …
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 …
Angie H: Vision Therapy resolved my brother’s lifelong reading issues and “ADD” caused by Strabismus at age 31

Angie H: Vision Therapy resolved my brother’s lifelong reading issues and “ADD” caused by Strabismus at age 31

"No child should have to struggle needlessly in the classroom. No child should have to deal with misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD when the underlying issue is binocular vision problems. This is a picture of my brother, who at the age of 31, found out he had a form of strabismus that had never been detected, although he had had routine eye exams for years and had 20/20 eyesight with contacts. For years my brother struggled in school and had a diagnosis of ADD. He took Strattera for years, and the medicine helped some, but it didn't…Read more …
Taking inventory and planning renewed effort

Taking inventory and planning renewed effort

TAKING INVENTORY In my previous post, I pointed out some of the major life problems (mobility, sociability and reading) difficult and laboured eye movement control is causing. I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate. I also relistened to Fixing My Gaze to gain perspective. I came to the conclusion that, even though I have already improved massively, I am still experiencing all the problems Susan Barry and some other people in the book were experiencing prior to Vision Therapy. She described a life that was hampered by these visual problems although…Read more …
Emotional boom and bust: A life and mind curtailed by eye muscle paresis

Emotional boom and bust: A life and mind curtailed by eye muscle paresis

So far, this year had been pretty good. I felt like the perceived  social and financial problems were starting to ease down and I had found a little breathing space. I re-engaged in more social settings and generally felt like time went by a little faster because things were less gloomy. Things weren't exactly sorted out because I still couldn't take on the responsibility of a job or a solid future plan but nevertheless I was less of an outcast. Notwithstanding, structural problems and lack of a functional base remain. When life is…Read more …
Strabismus, mobility and cycling in particular

Strabismus, mobility and cycling in particular

REMINDER: When reading on a desktop, you can have the article read to you by selecting the desired paragraph and clicking on the little speaker icon. My last official VT session, for now, was on the 27th of March, 2015. Because of a personnel change at my developmental optometrist Guy Naegels' practice, I was asked to discontinue training at his office. My training optometrist, Sofie De Witte, who has been working with me for over four years, has left the practice to become a fully independent practitioner. I can still return to Guy Naegels' office for…Read more …
When you hit a wall and can’t push through it, erode it

When you hit a wall and can’t push through it, erode it

When you hit a wall and can't push through it, erode it. "It's always impossible until it becomes inevitable." - Jeffrey Sachs  So far I've already reached some major visual goals I set out to achieve. Good! I know more or less how this process works and how real unexpected change can and does happen over time. Good! The downside is that the time table always turns out to be much longer than I'd hoped for. Nevertheless, results do materialize. I watched some of my previous eye videos, some of which were more…Read more …

VIDEO: Current convergence status + The ‘time-of-day-effect’

For a previous post I uploaded a video recorded in December, 2011 and went on to compare it to a video captured in May, 2014. The images were self-explanatory and it was pretty spectacular! I recommend for anyone with strabismus to make videos of their eyes. It's great to monitor VT progress and, in doing so, keep motivation levels high. Adhering to that idea I made some more flattering videos. In those earlier videos I converged on a pen. In 2011 I failed radically. In May 2014 it finally started to look like…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 …