Fixing My Gaze

Author: Susan R. Barry
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786744749
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: Science

When neuroscientist Susan Barry was fifty years old, she took an unforgettable trip to Manhattan. As she emerged from the dim light of the subway into the sunshine, she saw a view of the city that she had witnessed many times in the past but now saw in an astonishingly new way. Skyscrapers on street corners appeared to loom out toward her like the bows of giant ships. Tree branches projected upward and outward, enclosing and commanding palpable volumes of space. Leaves created intricate mosaics in 3D. With each glance, she experienced the deliriously novel sense of immersion in a three dimensional world. Barry had been cross-eyed and stereoblind since early infancy. After half a century of perceiving her surroundings as flat and compressed, on that day she was seeing Manhattan in stereo depth for first time in her life. As a neuroscientist, she understood just how extraordinary this transformation was, not only for herself but for the scientific understanding of the human brain. Scientists have long believed that the brain is malleable only during a “critical period” in early childhood. According to this theory, Barry’s brain had organized itself when she was a baby to avoid double vision – and there was no way to rewire it as an adult. But Barry found an optometrist who prescribed a little-known program of vision therapy; after intensive training, Barry was ultimately able to accomplish what other scientists and even she herself had once considered impossible. A revelatory account of the brain’s capacity for change, Fixing My Gaze describes Barry’s remarkable journey and celebrates the joyous pleasure of our senses.

Fixing My Gaze

Author: Susan R. Barry
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780786744749
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: Science

When neuroscientist Susan Barry was fifty years old, she took an unforgettable trip to Manhattan. As she emerged from the dim light of the subway into the sunshine, she saw a view of the city that she had witnessed many times in the past but now saw in an astonishingly new way. Skyscrapers on street corners appeared to loom out toward her like the bows of giant ships. Tree branches projected upward and outward, enclosing and commanding palpable volumes of space. Leaves created intricate mosaics in 3D. With each glance, she experienced the deliriously novel sense of immersion in a three dimensional world. Barry had been cross-eyed and stereoblind since early infancy. After half a century of perceiving her surroundings as flat and compressed, on that day she was seeing Manhattan in stereo depth for first time in her life. As a neuroscientist, she understood just how extraordinary this transformation was, not only for herself but for the scientific understanding of the human brain. Scientists have long believed that the brain is malleable only during a “critical period” in early childhood. According to this theory, Barry’s brain had organized itself when she was a baby to avoid double vision – and there was no way to rewire it as an adult. But Barry found an optometrist who prescribed a little-known program of vision therapy; after intensive training, Barry was ultimately able to accomplish what other scientists and even she herself had once considered impossible. A revelatory account of the brain’s capacity for change, Fixing My Gaze describes Barry’s remarkable journey and celebrates the joyous pleasure of our senses.

Patient H69

Author: Vanessa Potter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472936134
Release Date: 2017-05-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Imagine how it would feel to one day wake up and find your vision descending swiftly into darkness. Your fingertips are turning numb, and, as the world closes in around you, you realise there is nothing you can do to stop it. This is what happened to Vanessa Potter. In the space of 72 hours, Vanessa went from juggling a high-flying career as a producer and caring for her two small children to being completely blind, unable to walk, and with her sense of touch completely gone. Over the course of the next six months, Vanessa slowly began to recover. Opening her eyes onto a black-and-white world with mutating shapes and colours that crackled and fizzled, she encountered a visual landscape that was completely unrecognisable. As colour reappeared, Vanessa experienced a range of bizarre phenomena as her confused brain tried to make sense of the world around her, and she found herself touching and talking to inanimate objects in order to stimulate her vision – all part of her brain's mechanism for coping with the trauma of sensory loss. Going blind led Vanessa to turn science sleuth, reinventing herself as Patient H69 to uncover the reality behind her unique condition. With the help of a team of psychologists and neuroscientists, we follow Vanessa's story as she learns the science of herself, transforming her terrifying experience into a positive, inspirational and scientifically fascinating endeavour.

Seeing Through New Eyes

Author: Melvin Kaplan
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846422477
Release Date: 2005-10-15
Genre: Education

Seeing Through New Eyes offers an accessible introduction to the treatment of visual dysfunction, a significant but neglected problem associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Kaplan identifies common ASD symptoms such as hand-flapping, poor eye contact and tantrums as typical responses to the confusion caused by vision disorder. He also explains the effects of difficulties that people with autism experience with "ambient vision", including a lack of spatial awareness and trouble with coordination. Other chapters give guidance on how to identify the visual deficits of nonverbal children, select prism lenses that will alter the visual field, and create individually tailored programs of therapy in order to retrain the system. This book is essential reading for parents of children with ASDs, and professionals in the fields of autism, optometry and ophthalmology, psychology and education.

How Behavioral Optometry Can Unlock Your Child s Potential

Author: Joel H. Warshowsky
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857006172
Release Date: 2012-02-15
Genre: Family & Relationships

Visual dysfunctions can limit children's concentration, self esteem and school success as they struggle to understand fundamentals such as colors, letters and how to judge distance. With the right help, these obstacles can be overcome, allowing children to reach their full potential and see the world clearly. This accessible book explores how visual problems develop and how they can be reversed through effective and efficient visual therapy. It breaks down myths surrounding visual dysfunction and explains in straightforward terms the various conditions that could be impacting a child's perception, even if they have perfect sight. The visual therapy used in behavioral optometry retrains the brain to perform visual skills more effectively. In these pages there is clear guidance on the array of therapies, techniques and aids available, all of which can make a profound difference to a child's life. This introductory guide to behavioral optometry will be a welcome resource for parents and professionals in search of options to help a child who is experiencing visual problems.

The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning

Author: Wendy Beth Rosen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781475813159
Release Date: 2016-07-05
Genre: Education

Vision, in all its complexity, is more than meets the eye. The knowledge that lies between the covers of this book will define, with depth and clarity, what this magnificent sense actually encompasses and why it is critical to the learning process. Far beyond 20/20, vision involves more than two-dozen skills that enable us to navigate through the world. There are inestimable numbers of children who are struggling with learning, and compromised in ways most people are unaware of, because these little-known visual skills are not functioning properly. This can profoundly impact a child’s success in school, and in life. The symptoms of an unrecognized vision disorder can mimic other conditions, for which many children may be classified or medicated. Because of this, the potential for misdiagnosing the true cause of a child’s struggles is enormous. This book reveals the untold facts about the sense we rely on most and understand the least. You will come away fully informed, enriched, and equipped with answers that will shed light on why so many children are beset with stress and struggle.

Eyegames

Author: Lois Hickman
Publisher: Future Horizons
ISBN: 9781935567172
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Health & Fitness

Designed by an OT and an optometrist, "Eyegames" offers practical, playful activities designed to improve visual skills in both adults and children.

Vision Rehabilitation

Author: Penelope S. Suter
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1439836566
Release Date: 2016-04-19
Genre: Medical

Providing the information required to understand, advocate for, and supply post-acute vision rehabilitative care following brain injury, Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury bridges the gap between theory and practice. It presents clinical information and scientific literature supporting the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies applied in a comprehensive overview of current diagnostic and treatment strategies in adult post-brain injury vision rehabilitation. Includes a foreword by Dr. Sue Barry Because post-brain injury rehabilitation works best in a team setting where the entire person can be treated, this text has been carefully designed as a multidisciplinary resource with an emphasis on models for working with the rehabilitation team. The book covers a myriad of topics such as post-brain injury vision rehabilitation; eye movements; binocular dysfunction; visual field loss; visual-spatial neglect; shifts in visual egocenter affecting balance and coordination; visual-vestibular interactions; central vs. peripheral visual attention; as well as deficits in object perception, visual memory, and visual cognition. The book details models that vision specialists working with the rehabilitation team can use to achieve the best success for the patient in rehabilitation; vision rehabilitation concepts and the science from which they have been developed; examples of therapeutic exercises; practice management information for the post-brain injury vision rehabilitation practice; and information on the legal process in which one frequently becomes involved in this type of work. Edited by eminent clinicians, the book highlights the work of contributors who are well-respected academicians and researchers, bringing together the clinical information that enables everyone involved in a brain injury case to grasp the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

The Mind s Eye

Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307594556
Release Date: 2010-10-26
Genre: Psychology

In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world. There is Lilian, a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects, and Sue, a neurobiologist who has never seen in three dimensions, until she suddenly acquires stereoscopic vision in her fifties. There is Pat, who reinvents herself as a loving grandmother and active member of her community, despite the fact that she has aphasia and cannot utter a sentence, and Howard, a prolific novelist who must find a way to continue his life as a writer even after a stroke destroys his ability to read. And there is Dr. Sacks himself, who tells the story of his own eye cancer and the bizarre and disconcerting effects of losing vision to one side. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes—people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by “tongue vision.” He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery—or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading? The Mind’s Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person’s eyes, or another person’s mind. From the Hardcover edition.

Clinical Management of Binocular Vision

Author: Mitchell Scheiman
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 9781469832821
Release Date: 2013-09-05
Genre: Medical

This fourth edition of Clinical Management of Binocular Vision uses the past five years of research studies and literature to provide an accurate look at today’s diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision. Written with an emphasis on proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, each condition is covered in-depth and includes background information, symptoms, case analysis, and management options. This edition also includes the latest information on new vision therapy equipment. Easy to read and understand, this book is ideal for faculty when designing courses, students studying these topics for the first time, or established practitioners looking for a practical, easy-to-use reference on accommodative, ocular motility, and nonstrabismic vision anomalies.

Vision Its Development in Infant and Child

Author: Arnold Gesell
Publisher: Aslan Press
ISBN: 9781443731720
Release Date: 2008-11
Genre: Science

VISION ITS DEVELOPMENT IN INFANT AND CHILD BY ARNOLD GESELL, M. D. FRANCES L. ILG, M. D. GLENNA E. BULLIS Assisted by VIVIENNE ILG, O. D. and G. N. GETMAN, O. D. PAUL B. HOEBER, INC. MEDICAL BOOK DEPARTMENT OF HARPER i-BROTHERS PREFACE The background, scope, and genesis of the present volume are out lined in an introductory chapter which follows. There is not much more which needs to be said by way of preface. The investigations of the Yale Clinic of Child Development since its founding in 1911 have been mainly concerned with the growth aspects of early human behavior. All told, the behavior characteristics of 34 age levels have been charted, encompassing the first ten years of life. An intensive longitudinal study of a group of five infants in 1927 estab lished methods for a systematic normative survey. These methods in cluded developmental examinations and inventories at lunar month intervals during the first year of life. Concurrent cinema records were analyzed to define significant behavior patterns and growth trends. Special attention was given to the ontogenetic patterning of posture, locomotion, prehension, and manipulation. Cinemanalysis, both of normative and experimental data, demon strated that the eyes play an important role in the ontogenesis of the total action system of the total child. The nature and the dynamics of that role constitute the subject matter of the present study. The adult human eye has been likened to a camera. This analogy has had some truth and much tradition in its favor. But it has tended to obscure the developmental factors which determine the structure and the organization of the visual functions during infancy and child hood. The development ofvision in the individual child is an extremely v PREFACE complex and protracted process for the very good reason that it took countless ages of evolution to bring human vision to its present pre eminence. Our culture is becoming increasingly eye minded with the advancing perfection and implementation of the organ of sight. What is that organ It is more than a dioptric lens and a retinal film. It embraces enormous areas of the cerebrum it is deeply involved in the autonomic nervous system it is identified reflexively and directively with the skeletal musculature from head and hand to foot. Vision is so perva sively bound up with the past and present performances of the organism that it must be interpreted in terms of a total, unitary, integrated action system. The nature of the integration, in turn, can be under stood only through an appreciation of the orderly stages and relativi ties of development whereby the integration itself is progressively at tained. The authors have attempted to achieve a closer acquaintance with the interrelations of the visual system per se and the total action system of the child. This finally entailed the use of the retinoscope and of analytic optornetry at early age levels where these technical procedures ordinarily are not applied. The examinations of the visual functions and of visual skills were really conducted as behavior tests, not only to determine the refractive status of the eyes, but also to determine the reactions of the child as an organism to specific and total test situations. The objective findings have been correlated with the cumulative evi dence furnished by the developmental examinations, numerous inter views, and naturalisticobservations of the children at home and in a guidance nursery. Although the conclusions of our study are prelimi nary in character, we may hope that they will contribute to a better understanding of the child in terms of vision and a better understand ing of vision in terms of the child. The two should not be sundered. With increased knowledge it is possible that the visual behavior of the individual child will become an acute index for the appraisal of fundamental constitutional traits...

Vision Therapy

Author: Dean Liguori
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1515025020
Release Date: 2015-05-12
Genre:

In 2000 A.D., the author experienced physical eye trauma to one eye resulting in an injury that was compounded by an erroneous medical prescription designed to treat the injury. The combined trauma and damage caused by the prescription drug resulted in severely limited vision in his injured eye.Unable to accept the result of this injury, he embarked on a mission to overcome it. As a result of the damage he sustained, he had the opportunity to interact with accomplished doctors in many prestigious universities and institutions. He participated in events and seminars that only doctors were invited to and engaged in all available rehabilitation. He researched and sought all information, studies, and associated work on vision impairment and restoration that he could get his hands on.One important observation of his journey was the adherence of most of the vision industry to the medical model of healing. This failed model takes a general approach to correcting vision problems by mitigating symptoms without offering any solution to the underlying disorder.One important discovery of this journey was the field of sequencing neurosensory and neuromuscular activities that are individually prescribed to develop, rehabilitate, and enhance visual skills and information processing. This field is also referred to as vision therapy.The author's journey resulted in the restoration of his vision. The restoration of the vision of others that he shared these concepts with motivated him to develop his own "Vision Therapy System" that he now shares with you in this book.About the Book:Vision Therapy: Exercise Your Eyes and Improve Your Eyesight examines vision therapy and the historic application of it to correct vision problems. How eyesight works and the key components of successful vision therapy programs are explained. The reader is taught the impact of additional factors that should be considered and addressed to improve eyesight including; correcting poor visual practices, computer vision syndrome, disease, medication, aging, diet and nutrition, hormonal cycling, physical exercise, and multiple methods of stress relief. The reader will learn how glasses and contacts are practically guaranteed to ruin your vision over time and how they can protect themselves. The book concludes with the author's Vision Therapy System, providing board certified vision therapy at a fraction of the cost. Simple explanations and multitude of treatment plans are contained for you to choose from to create your own personalized vision therapy program designed specifically for your needs. Printable eye charts are included for measuring your vision improvement progress. This book has been sold for over 10 years online and recently converted to Amazon kindle. Readers have reported:* Drastically improved vision as measured by vision testing * Relief of eye strain and stress headaches caused by reading, computer use, or studying for long time periods* Significant reductions in physical and mental stress * Discarding eyeglasses and contact lenses * Increased reading speed, concentration, and comprehension * Improved cognition and learning capability* Athletes have reported improved ability to track and follow moving objects, visual reaction time, hand eye coordination, peripheral awareness, and eye focus speed * Improved vision after damage from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental delays and some other neurological ailments* Improving, minimizing and eliminating symptoms of ADD / ADHD and learning disabilities for both children and adults Vision Therapy System includes:Vision Therapy Eye ExercisesEye Region Massage and Relaxation ExercisesEye Relaxation ExercisesEye Movement ExercisesEye Focusing ExercisesPreventing and Correcting Computer Vision SyndromeHand Eye Coordination Exercises for Improvement in Athletic PerformanceExercise Tips Vision Therapy JournalDownloadable Eye Charts

The Ghost in My Brain

Author: Clark Elliott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698150140
Release Date: 2015-06-02
Genre: Medical

The dramatic story of one man’s recovery offers new hope to those suffering from concussions and other brain traumas In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn’t walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage. As a result of one final effort to recover, he crossed paths with two brilliant Chicago-area research-clinicians—one an optometrist emphasizing neurodevelopmental techniques, the other a cognitive psychologist—working on the leading edge of brain plasticity. Within weeks the ghost of who he had been started to re-emerge. Remarkably, Elliott kept detailed notes throughout his experience, from the moment of impact to the final stages of his recovery, astounding documentation that is the basis of this fascinating book. The Ghost in My Brain gives hope to the millions who suffer from head injuries each year, and provides a unique and informative window into the world’s most complex computational device: the human brain. From the Hardcover edition.

One Eyed Princess

Author: Susanna Zaraysky
Publisher: Kaleidomundi
ISBN: 9780982018910
Release Date: 2016-06-01
Genre: Medical

One-Eyed Princess shows the journey of a stereoblind person with amblyopia and strabismus doing eye muscle and brain exercises to straighten her eyes and rewire her brain to wake up dormant binocular brain cells to see in 3D. Along the way to seeing the world in more detail and appreciating depth, Susanna learned not only to see the physical world anew but also to feel reborn into a new inner world.