FAQ: Figuring out a prognosis for functional strabismus recovery

FAQ: Figuring out a prognosis for functional strabismus recovery

Having read the strabismus chapter of "Applied Concepts in VT", I've found many encouraging but also discouraging quotes. Keep in mind that I mostly read this chapter with my own case in mind. This means that factors pertaining to my own case stand out more to me. Factors that might be immensely important to other patients' cases and mentioned in the chapter are not necessarily mentioned in my list. This table of probability allows one to calculate the odds of functional recovery of a strabismic based on his or her specific characteristics. It's…Read more …

TESTIMONIAL: KR (64) wants to improve age-related decompensation of strabismus

KR: I am 64. I first noticed there was something wrong with my vision about 5 years ago.  The first symptom was slight double vision in my right side gaze. I mentioned it to my ophthalmologist and she was not concerned at that point. We would keep monitoring it during my annual checkups. It gradually worsened but did not affect my daily life. Three years ago she sent me to a strabismus doctor (strabologist) so we could keep track of the progression. I was diagnosed with age-related decompensating esodeviation. ML: Did you have strabismus as…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 …
The Hess Test: How does it work and why is it administered?

The Hess Test: How does it work and why is it administered?

The Hess Test involves anaglyph glasses and a grid attached to a wall or screen in front of the patient. The purpose of this test is to get an idea of whether or not the eyes align absent of any exterior reference points and thus without any compensation ability the patient might usually be employing. During the test the patient is wearing anaglyph glasses while watching the grid. Somewhere within the grid a red light will illuminate itself or will be projected by the clinical assistent. The patient has a green laser pointer…Read more …
INTERVIEW: “At age 58 I can finally see properly for the first time ever. I am finally at peace.”

INTERVIEW: “At age 58 I can finally see properly for the first time ever. I am finally at peace.”

MICHAEL: Hello K! Who are you and where do you live now? K: I was born in 1958 in the Cherokee Nation in the state of Arkansas. My ancestors were from the Eastern Band of Cherokees and migrated south from the Trail of Tears. I lived there from 1958-60  when we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is close to The Four Corners Area. I was adopted into a Hopi family from that region later. In 1966, my family moved to Oahu, Hawaii. My childhood and youth in Hawaii were pretty tough for various reasons.…Read more …

Confusing double vision: “I often feel like being on a cruise ship during a storm”

A comment from the Strabismus World Facebook page: "I have strabismus and amblyopia. At age 38, I had my first eye muscle surgery for crossed eyes which gave me really bad diplopia (double vision). Thank you for worsening my vision, Dr Mark Steckle. Finally, 4 years later, I found a Neuro-ophthalmologist who was willing to help. He collimated or aligned my eyes as best as he could but perfection is impossible. The dominant eye became strained and releases its grip of the recessive or weaker eye and this created the diplopia. The double…Read more …
Check-up 10: New location and slightly new approach

Check-up 10: New location and slightly new approach

REMINDER: When reading on a desktop or laptop, you can have the article read to you by selecting the desired paragraph and clicking on the little speaker icon.  Check-up 10 It had almost been a year since my last optometric evaluation. This is because there have been some personnel changes in the practice where I had been going. My long time Visual Trainer, Sofie De Witte, who is also a qualified behavioral optometrist, was leaving the practice in Antwerp where she was an employee to set up her own VT clinic in her home town.…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 …