Research: The Effects of Sports Vision Training on Binocular Vision Function in Female University Athletes

Research: The Effects of Sports Vision Training on Binocular Vision Function in Female University Athletes

An interesting piece of research, available on the website of the US National Institutes of Health, came to my attention recently. It was published in December, 2015. It is part of a growing body of research validating the efficacy of Vision Training. I'm posting it here because it also includes some practical exercises which might inspire you to try them yourself. If you are a strabismic, make sure the risk of double vision or other adverse side effects is under control by talking to a qualified Behavioral Optometrist. URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4723179/  The Effects of Sports Vision…Read more …
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 …
Getting a motorcycle license with binocular vision issues and without stereo vision

Getting a motorcycle license with binocular vision issues and without stereo vision

STEP 1: theoretical exam On November 20th, 2015 I passed the theoretical exam in order to pursue a motorcycle license. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions about Belgian traffic regulations as they apply specifically to users of a motorcycle. Studying for this already posed a barrier as I have severe reading issues. Studying from a book is not possible. Consequently I used a website specifically designed to help one study for this exam (www.gratisrijbewijsonline.be) in combination with text-to-speech software. This method worked fairly well and considerably extended the periods I could work without running into halting eye…Read more …

“As I see in much more stereo, I feel much more calmness in my brain”

"I still have strabismus, but I am relearning to see in 3D. When I am able to use both eyes and see stereoscopically, I can really sense much more depth. I think that the visual system innately ties into the brain to create a spatial effect. It really does look much more full to me. I also really sense the spatial awareness. As I see in much more stereo, I feel much more calmness in my brain as well. Strabismus causes a lot of tension in my neck, upper back and shoulders. I…Read more …
Visual rope skipping

Visual rope skipping

The last couple of days I have been doing some rope skipping while reading an eye chart out loud. I did this both monocularly and binocularly. This exercise works on gaze stability and saccade accuracy while loading cognitively (reading/speaking) and vestibularly (going up and down movement/balance). It's hard to keep place and stay concentrated, especially with the drifting left eye alone. It's also not just a visual work out, let me tell ya!  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 …
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 …
Cheiroscope: video, drawing samples and implications

Cheiroscope: video, drawing samples and implications

After a nice theoretical post, let's get down to the nitty gritty. How can we get a tangible look into how someone perceives his personal space? How can we determine inconsistent perception of space interfering with the construction of solid brain maps? As vision writes spatial equations for the muscles to solve, cheiroscopic drawing is an interesting way to gauge the state of ocular motor ability and spatial vision. During cheiroscopic drawing, one's visual system is completely stripped of contextual aids. Broader context often helps strabismics to get around and complete certain tasks…Read more …