See In 3D!
It's Never Too late For Vision
Many people think that vision therapy is only for children. However, adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children.
When people have trouble using both eyes together or can't focus for great lengths of time, they do not simply grow out of these problems.
For decades eye
doctors believed that there was a small critical
window for treating patients with eye
issues such as eye turns and lazy eye (strabismus and amblyopia).
It was believed to be imperative
that for any treatment to
have a chance of success, it had to be
at a young and developing age. Research
has scientifically proven this
to be incorrect.
Optometric Vision Therapy
has opened new doors for those suffering
from vision disorders of this nature and,
depending on individual prognosis, can
successfully treated at any age.
"I have been cross-eyed since early infancy and had three surgeries as a child that made my eyes look more or less straight. However, I did not develop stereo vision until age 48 when I underwent optometric vision therapy under the guidance of a developmental optometrist."
Sue Barry, PhD, author of Fixing my Gaze
Vision therapy is
often effective for adults because they
are motivated to improve their visual
abilities. When people have trouble
using both eyes together or can't focus
for great lengths of time, they do not
simply grow out of these problems.
Children with visual problems often become adults with visual problems.
"I went for vision therapy
- not to gain stereo vision. I am a neurobiology professor; I taught for years in the classroom about the concept of the critical period
- that stereo vision had to develop in early life or it was not possible to gain it in adulthood.
For most of my life, the last place I wanted to be was an eye doctor's office. I had been cross-eyed since infancy, and despite three surgeries, remained cross-eyed and stereoblind.
Scientific dogma indicated that my
visual deficits resulted from changes in
brain circuitry that occurred in infancy
and could not be reversed in adulthood.
So, when I finally consulted a
developmental optometrist and began
optometric vision therapy at age 48.
I took a significant risk. I had to think beyond the conventional wisdom, abandon old visual habits, and master skills that most children acquire within the first six months of life. As I began to straighten my eyes and see in 3D, I learned that the adult brain is indeed capable of significant plasticity. Rewiring in the adult brain requires the presence of novel and behaviorally relevant stimuli, the conscious abandonment of entrenched habits, and the establishment, through intense practice, of new ones."
- Sue Barry, PhD, author of Fixing my Gaze
The result, explains Barry, was breathtaking. For the first time in her life, she was able to see snow falling in the distance in front of her, cascading leaves on tree branches and the shapes of flowers in a vase.