France, Meteor shower watching and Visio-Motor Training

France, Meteor shower watching and Visio-Motor Training

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. A very good friend of mine invited me to join her and stay at her family's second home in France. The house is a skillfully renovated cowshed and is located in a remote countryside village. The walls of the house are thick as a castle's and the frame of the building has probably been there for a hundred years or more. It takes a thirty minute drive to get…Read more …
The story of Ilaria Invitto: ‘Vision Wars in Medical School’

The story of Ilaria Invitto: ‘Vision Wars in Medical School’

"Am I wrong when refusing to surrender to my visual limitations? Am I condemned to live a life suspended in uncertainty while continueously fighting these limitations?" - Ilaria Invitto My name is Ilaria Invitto. I'm 23 years old and I live in Battipaglia, Italy. I was only three months old when my strabismus presented itself. It suddenly appeared after a night during which I suffered from strong respiratory problems due to bronchitis. I've undergone strabismus surgery when I was six but that hasn't really resolved my vision problems on a functional level. Ilaria…Read more …
The vestibular system and vision

The vestibular system and vision

I've been reading up on the link between vision and the vestibular system. It's been quite instructive to say the least. Of course it's annoying not to be able to align the eyes and have double vision while reading etc... However, there's more. It's very interesting how compromised eye movements, in large part due to eye muscle surgery, and consequently a compromised Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex are likely to be the biggest source of disability and fatigue for me personally. When going beyond my relatively low visual endurance limit, the sensory conflict between the visual…Read more …
The margin of error

The margin of error

Interestingly, my strabismus was developmental since the age of three but in a relatively short amount of time I lost many of my adaptations (suppression, strabismic ways of eye teaming) to cope with misalignment of the eyes. First my suppression gradually declined because of life style, i.e. overly zealous studying, and then the way my eyes moved and alternated was abruptly changed through eye muscle surgery. This left me without any reliable adaptation to deal with my abnormally developed visual system. So the only option then, is pick up the pieces and start…Read more …
A wedding without double vision

A wedding without double vision

This weekend I attended a friend's wedding. I enjoyed it immensely. It was a reminder of the fact that not everything in life has to be a struggle. Not everything needs to be difficult. It's nice to see so many happy faces celebrating a joyous occasion. During the last three years I have gone out of social circulation a bit. This is because I was suffering from all the symptoms you might associate with a severe concussion due to chronically untreated and mistreated strabismus. Social circumstances don't always bend to health and resting…Read more …
Session 75: Trusting yourself

Session 75: Trusting yourself

I had another training session on Tuesday. I did more 'feeling depth' in anaglyph pictures by reaching out for them with my fingers. It's very exciting how that keeps working. This practice also enhances physiological diplopia. That makes sense given that this ability is based on positioning your eyes correctly, seeing the object of interest single and everything after it double. When my hand is singled out and the object of interest is singled out, that's where it should theoretically be in space. It isn't really, because it's just an anaglyph stereogram of…Read more …
Setting goals for July 2015

Setting goals for July 2015

Much of VT comes down to setting small but attainable goals for yourself and then reaching them. Then doing that again, and again, and again. Three years ago a goal would be 'any reduction of the strabismus angle is a win'. The first two years I would systematically halve my strabismus angle until I saw my first single image in years. After that, I would have to solidify by increasing binocular motility and improving my vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) so single vision can be sustained while moving. That's what I've been doing the last…Read more …
Head rotations, bar reading and bring on the prism flippers

Head rotations, bar reading and bring on the prism flippers

  Head rotations Last week, for the first time, I had a completely stable percept while doing my head turns. I couldn't believe it!  I thought I was suppressing or something but I wasn't. Both eyes were just heedlessly adjusting to the head movements without error. It must be great to be able to take these reflexes for granted! I had predicted this milestone for the end of April et voila. Another hurdle taken. The reflexes are not equally reliable every day but that, again, is a matter of time. Speaking of head…Read more …
All I ever wanted was to read well and comfortably

All I ever wanted was to read well and comfortably

And I'll get it. It took one year and eight months to somehow position my eyes in alignment in a particular stationary position and have my first singled out view in years. Now another one year and eight months later I've managed to stabilize my gaze while moving my body and moving throughout space. I can even maintain a stable world view without 'land slides' because of crippled eye muscles preventing smooth eye movements while doing head turns. It's amazing! My gaze and world remains stable while turning my head in circles up…Read more …