Breakdown of brain’s visual networks linked to mental illness

Breakdown of brain’s visual networks linked to mental illness

Article by Kara Manke, Duke University: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-05-breakdown-brain-visual-networks-linked.html?fbclid=IwAR0ey_T1AbJbqXAjhQQH73xYl6qvQjKMhscGksKVme9IsFHER_RslPp0phE A follow up to the previous post. These research findings are not at all surprising to me. I would also like to add that it is highly likely that these results do not only pertain to a breakdown of those circuits but also to an incomplete initial development…continue reading →
Why are sounds more “real” and understandable to me than visuals?

Why are sounds more “real” and understandable to me than visuals?

Michael Lievens: "When you learn a second language at a later age, it is "stored" in a different brain region than your native language, and more detached from your emotional centers. As Nelson Mandela once said upon learning Afrikaans: "If you speak to a man in a language he understands, you…continue reading →
The Crowding Effect: Importance in reading readiness and its assessment

The Crowding Effect: Importance in reading readiness and its assessment

What is the crowding effect? People with amblyopia experience the crowding effect, which is described as difficulty reading a letter when it is surrounded by other letters or contours. For this reason, when testing visual acuity in amblyopes, you may measure a better visual acuity using isolated letters than if…continue reading →

FAQ: Example of a Comprehensive Visual Processing Evaluation intake report (PDF)

Below you will find the intake report of a 58 yo female patient suffering from Convergence Insufficiency and various other visual deficiencies. This report was compiled based on two separate one hour testing sessions. The two sessions were done on two different days in order not to have fatigue skew…continue reading →
Developmental timelines of Amblyopia

Developmental timelines of Amblyopia

This table is taken and completed with information from the book "Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy" by Leonard Press.   "Critical period: birth to 6 months aggressive treatment required: critical to provide child with clear visual input lack of treatment results in legal blindness and nystagmus untreated infantile cataract is…continue reading →
Redefining Amblyopia as disorder of vision development

Redefining Amblyopia as disorder of vision development

I am studying various chapters from the book "Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy" by Leonard Press. In this blog post I have compiled some of the most relevant and poignant quotes from chapter 7 called "Amblyopia: A Microcosm of Visual Disorders". "Various tacks of amblyopia research:  Conclusions of the Hubel…continue reading →

FAQ: What ocular and neurologic diseases can be masquerading as functional vision disorders?

This incomplete list was compiled using the 6th chapter of 'Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy' by Leonard Press. Use Google at your discretion.  Ocular and neurological diseases sometimes misdiagnosed as amblyopia: - craniopharyngioma - Coats' disease - optic nerve disease - optic nerve hypoplasia - glaucoma - retinoblastoma - toxo-retinochoroiditis Diseases…continue reading →

“Our senses can’t learn under stress”

Having compromised sensory abilities can be very stressful and that in turn can impede rehabilitation or further development. Creating a climate of understanding conducive to sensory learning is thus of paramount importance. Read the entire article at: http://neurosciencenews.com/stress-learning-senses-5942/ "Stress is part of our everyday lives – while some thrive on it,…continue reading →

TESTIMONIAL: ‘The cost of eye muscle surgery vs Vision Therapy’ by Betsy Yaros

I related very much to this testimonial blog post by a young woman named Betsy Yaros. It even made me tear up a little when talking about how poorly she has been treated, her reading problems and difficulty in getting a suitable education and work. I think many strabismics will…continue reading →