Things that make you wonder…

Things that make you wonder…

This morning I went for an eye-hand basketball training session at the local public basketball court. Near point fixation for better reading skills is my priority but you can't focus on that all day because then it gets counter productive. On the court next to the one I was occupying there was a tall, black kid also throwing some baskets etc. We just did our thing, observing each other.  I'm pretty good at throwing baskets and dribbling, even if I say so myself. I don't look at the ball when I'm dribbling because…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 …
Book review: Fixing My Gaze by Susan Barry

Book review: Fixing My Gaze by Susan Barry

After I read 'Fixing My Gaze' for the third time in three years I decided to write a long overdue review about the book that got this whole VT party started. I first read it during the summer of 2010. At the time I was undergoing all kinds of personal, academic and medical crises and I realized I was on my own. So I turned to the oracle that is Google and went looking for better alternatives to help me get rid of my double vision. This time in English. I discovered Vision…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 …
Session 55: A courting exercise

Session 55: A courting exercise

Lately motor fusion is becoming more of a given rather than a struggle. Because of the last two surgeries, almost five years ago, both converging as well as diverging my eyes had become a problem. This made for zero comfort zone. Now after more than two years of conscious effort, with some bumbs along the road, I have recovered some control. Vision therapy, a stoic attitude towards other peoples incomprehension and most recently Syntonics have gotten me this far already. Even though my involuntary double vision because of lack of ocular control before,…Read more …

Check-up 6

I was quite confident coming to this 6th check-up meeting. My optometrist was equally pleased. Two years and five months before, when I first met him, I was having constant diplopia and a batch of other problems because of it. I wasn't able to align my eyes nor was I able to fuse images with the help of instruments. I was 21 years old and had had my last corrective surgery at the age of 19. That surgery had only been necessary to correct for a needless and badly executed surgery I had had at…Read more …
If Vision Therapy were an alternative treatment, what exactly is it an alternative to?

If Vision Therapy were an alternative treatment, what exactly is it an alternative to?

Nothing annoys me more than someone calling developmental or behavioral optometry ‘alternative medicine’. What exactly is it an alternative to? Cutting into peoples eye muscles leaving them with an even greater challeng e to overcome? Too often poor eye control is blamed on the muscles surrounding the eyes and surgery is advised to alter the length of the muscles. The cause of strabismus however is at the cortical level (in the brain) and cutting the eye muscles is rarely of benefit other than in rare cases of paralysis or partial paralysis of muscles. In too…Read more …

New year’s resolution for 2013

In 2012 I went from constant double vision to mostly single vision. However, I’m not out of the woods yet. This acquired visual skill could collapse under its own weight if things go slightly wrong. Other, but related, health problems are also showing its head after years of double vision and the (visual) stress it brings along and if not handled carefully might slow down the visual rehabilitation. So if no external events ruin my progress for the zillionth time and I can more or less continue this course I might just be…Read more …

How to accelerate Vision Therapy with Syntonic Light

A few weeks ago Heather brought a 2001 publication of the Journal of Behavioral Optometry on Syntonic Phototherapy to my attention. After reading the article I was thoroughly convinced it was the next step to take in order to reach my final goal of 3D vision more quickly after a painstaking twenty year detour. I would urge anyone interested in or already in the process of undergoing Vision Therapy to have a look at this article. Beneath you can find a summary of what is discussed in the article but nevertheless I would…Read more …

News from Heather in Michigan

"Yesterday was just a crazy 3D day. It pops in at the strangest times. We have an island in the middle of our City and I like to go down and eat lunch there sometimes. As I was pulling onto the island I had this huge sense of depth perception. I don't even know how to explain it. It was scary and fun all at the same time. And then it just went away. :( "   But as she continues with VT, there will be more and easier 3D vision! Some people…Read more …