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?
- I have fewer and smaller blind spots
- I can recognize when I am not seeing 3 dimensionally
- 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
- Sometimes 3-D will kick in all by itself when i have not noticed falling back. It is shocking, sometimes it is breathtaking
- I do not take as long looking for my keys
- Watching television no longer provides a clearer image than looking out my window. object ot on t.v. seem rounded
- I don’t have to keep my nose in a book to read it
- I can work longer at the computer without developing eyestrain or headache
- When my eyes fall into double vision I can correct it
- I recognize the difference between double vision caused by my eyes turning towards each other and my eyes drifting apart
- 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.
- I don’t fall asleep in front of the tv or while reading as often from my eyes being tired and un-focusing
- 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
- 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)
- I can play catch instead of fetch! my grand-kids appreciate this
- it is easier for me to clean my house
- I have developed focus in other areas as well
- My ability to recognize faces has improved so people don’t think I’m stuck up by ignoring them
- My peripheral vision has improved so I see the people I recognize sooner 😉
- 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!
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