Some of my current home based VT activities

Some of my current home based VT activities

Everything we do or don't do has neurological consequences. That's why everything we do or don't do matters. It's important to note that these activities are not suitable for every VT patient. Nor are they suitable at any stage in the rehabilitation process. They are suitable for me because my ability to control my eyes has reached a level allowing me to handle these activities without imploding, albeit with appropriate rest. Getting to this stage has taken a long time. I've had to do a lot of boring ground work first. Expanding the…Read more …
Vision therapy progress in numbers and charts

Vision therapy progress in numbers and charts

November 29th, 2010: 14 degrees* ESO**, no fusion, no stereovision April 7th, 2011: 8 degrees ESO, peripheral fusion, no stereovision September 28th, 2011: 4 degrees ESO, peripheral fusion, upcoming central fusion, no stereovision March 29th, 2012: 3 degrees ESO, peripheral fusion, central fusion, no stereovision September 6th, 2012: aligned eyes, peripheral fusion, central fusion, double vision in daily life is gradually declining, no stereovision May 2nd, 2013: aligned eyes, fusional area expanding, double vision usually absent, no stereo vision October 3th, 2013: aligned eyes also increasingly while being in motion, double vision almost…Read more …
Make your computer/phone more vision friendly for free with F.lux

Make your computer/phone more vision friendly for free with F.lux

Having felt the powerful effects of (colored) light on my vision through syntonic light therapy, I now fully appreciate its importance. Light plays an important role in regulating our biological clock and regulating certain hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol helps regulating sleep patterns among other things. In turn, having sound sleep is of paramount importance to brain health. Thus, continuous exposure to all kinds of artificial light sources at virtually any time of day can have unpleasant side effects and create a vicious circle. In consideration of these facts, I started experimenting with…Read more …

A glorious occasion in Michigan

Heather, who has made the occasional guest appearance on this blog, spoke as a patient on the Annual Michigan Vision Therapy Study Group Meeting about her experience with vision therapy. Beneath you can find part of her testimony. It is really inspiring and gives hope to the rest of us out there trying to follow in her footsteps. When I spoke to her about the video she said she wanted to emphasize how damn hard it was to find out about Vision Therapy and find the right person to help you. Furthermore she…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 …

Session 45: What’s next?

Starting a few months ago, I have been able to keep eye alignment. I can do almost every eye movement required. But in order to obtain healthy 3D vision you need to be able to sustain it AND switch between different eye poses in a split second. So my eyes need to move faster and more accurately. For the moment, when I am fixating on something a few inches from my face and then look at something more distant it takes like a second to readjust. The two images first wander around and…Read more …
Session 43: A picture is worth a thousand words

Session 43: A picture is worth a thousand words

Last week I was a bit sick and nothing seemed to work but this week things seem to be better. Sometimes it would just be easier to be a robot and shut down the stream of consciousness, wouldn't it? Either way it's better not to accumulate too many diseases at once. :D In today’s session we did some of the usual stuff... The rotoscope, balancing on the rail with various prism glasses and one exercise we did a few times before. This exercise consists of standing upwards, looking though some kind of holder…Read more …

Session 42: Accommodation versus Vergence?

The visual system, as far as your actual eyes are concerned, consists of two systems which have to be in tune with each other. On the one hand there is the accommodation system which makes sure the image you see is clear and sharp. On the other hand there is the vergence system that makes sure your eyes are both aiming at your target. For most people a well functioning vergence system, meaning aligned eyes, is one of the first things they learn in life and is at the core of their habit…Read more …

One view

Before, meaning my whole life, I had to chose between my left and right eye (alternate). The last five years, in a double vision situation, I would see both images but only one eye is really aimed at what I am trying to see while the other one is just bugging me with a floating image. The alternation was not that 'clean' anymore, right and left were getting jumbled up into something horrifying. Now that I am slowly adopting single vision I noticed that when I am aiming both eyes at the same…Read more …