Vision Therapy

I did not see in 3-D until I was over 50 years old.

I did not know I did not see in 3-D until I was over 50 years old.

I did know I had ‘bad’ eyes. My brothers and sisters would tease me for being Mrs MaGoo, (Mr.  MaGoo being  a  cartoon chronicling the life of a man who did not see the world the same way as everyone else and his adventures and near-misses with disaster that we saw while he never had a clue he had anything but a normal day)  Hmmmm…I wonder now how many near misses I never noticed.  Thanks to the movie Avatar and Dr. Lisa Weiss  I have discovered vision therapy.

When the movie Avatar came out, I went to see it in 3-D on a curved IMAX screen. It was amazing.  As I talked to my date about the movie afterwards I commented repeatedly how cool it was that things kept “poppin out at me”  each time he countered with “just like in real life” I kept reiterating the in my face experience and he kept on saying “just like in real life”   He didn’t understand that this was new to me and I did not  comprehend that things popping out all the time was normal stereoscopic vision.

The next time I saw Dr Lisa, my optometrist and friend,  in a social situation I asked her about my friend’s comment and  my adventure driving home after the movie where… all of a sudden… it was like the tail lights of the cars in front of me started to pop out at me…truly a frightening experience. and she suggested that I come in for a comprehensive exam that she typically performs for children with ADHD. She has a special certification in pediatric vision therapy and I feel lucky to know her.  I knew I had weird eyes before but my exam revealed that of the 13 types of visual deviations I was faulty in 11 of them. Regular eye exams I believe check for 3.

Dr Lisa lent me the book “Fixing My Gaze” and started me on the program she uses with children and my vision started changing.  Two years later my vision is still changing and still improving. when i stop doing my exercises I feel the old trends try to return. Eyes have muscles just like thighs do. But unlike thighs, the Optic nerve, the main nerve responsible for vision is unique  and resembles brain tissue as well as having properties of the other cranial nerves.  I believe this is why vision therapy is successful in treating behavior disorders and why some of the vision therapy exercises so strongly resemble activities done in rehab centers dedicated to recover from TBI.

How has Vision therapy changed my life?

  1. I have fewer and smaller blind spots
  2. I  can recognize when I am not seeing 3 dimensionally 
  3. When I recognize I have slipped back in to 2 dimensional sight I can deliberately bring my eyes into   3-D  focus…yes things pop in front of me all the time
  4. Sometimes 3-D will kick in all by itself when i have not noticed falling back.  It is shocking, sometimes it is breathtaking
  5. I do not take as long looking for my keys
  6. Watching  television  no longer provides a clearer image than looking out my window. object ot on t.v. seem rounded 
  7. I don’t have to keep my nose in a book to read it
  8. I can work longer at the computer without developing eyestrain or headache
  9. When my eyes fall into double vision I can correct it
  10. I recognize the difference between double vision caused by my eyes turning towards each other and my eyes drifting apart
  11. I can trace a straight line on the horizon with my eyes and surprise for the first time I am able to draw a straight line without a ruler that looks like a straight line when I am done.
  12. I don’t fall asleep in front of the tv or while reading as often from my eyes being tired and un-focusing
  13. I do not seem as clumsy since I am not knocking over the glass of ice tea I am reaching for anywhere near as often
  14. I have fewer bruises on my hip from running into my table because it doesn’t change it’s position (my eyes used to change dominance willy-nilly)
  15. I can play catch instead of fetch! my grand-kids appreciate this
  16. it is easier for me to clean my house
  17. I have developed focus in other areas as well
  18. My ability to recognize faces has improved so people don’t think I’m stuck up by ignoring them
  19. My peripheral vision has improved so I see the people I recognize sooner 😉
  20.  I took a trip to the redwoods  and was so astounded by being surrounded by three dimensionalness  I broke down in tears of amazement. It was awesome. It was beautiful. It was overpowering. the change, the trees no longer looked like a picture but I felt a part of the scenery…for the first time.

I like seeing!

 
 
 Glow in the dark theories in process

There are many advantages to using glow in the dark for help.

Glow in the dark makes things easy to find. Yes have a container next to your bed. Have it suction cupped to your night stand, at night put a glow stick around the base and you have  a night light, This technique can be used to make an unfamiliar room familiar.  mobile reference point to use in travel When aa light to find their bedside medications could be helped by combining good ideas using something like this bowl with a suction cup base that is stable and can hold important items, won’t get knocked on the floor with items scattered with theAmazon Image

 

The little finger lights can be used with those who are alert but have some but poor muscle control, They can be used with communication boards, to select a card from a card holder

One reply

  1. Jeanette says:

    Did you know that I was also sent for glasses in 5th grade because my eyes were taking turns and the page was shifting for me?

    Submitted on 2014/12/29 at 2:43 pm | In reply to Jeanette.
    No…. how did they know? The folks didn’t even know I needed glasses til I was in the 5th grade (a year before you were tested) and at that time my vision was 20/200. It was a teacher in Connecticut that pointed out I should have my eyes checked because she assigned me a seat at the back of the classroom and at the end of the day I went to the front of the room to copy the assignments off the board. My eye exam was simply can you read the eye chart and no one told me not to squint to figure out what the letters were. No tests for tracking, eye stability, blind spots nothing. Kids who do not see normally, do not always know they don’t see normally. I can forgive my parents for not knowing, but optometrists who work with children should ask more questions and give better instructions. I wonder how many other kids with really bad vision need to squint to use their new glasses and are just happy to see, like me.

    The way I figured out I hit my head with this last concussion was the lines on a Sudoku puzzle separated and went at weird angles….like they used to before I started vision therapy in my 50s…and I couldn’t bring them back together. Then in frustration of my eye exercises not working, I leaned my head against a post and felt ‘the bump’

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