Thursday, September 3, 2009

3-D Vision Therapy

Some people whose eyes do not team properly don't see in three dimensions. In other words, they may lack stereo vision (stereopsis). The cause may be an eye turn (strabismus), the suppression of one eye, or some other condition to be identified by an optometrist. Until recently the experts believed that unless the condition was addressed in a young person, either by vision therapy and/or surgery, it would become "hard-wired" in the brain. In other words, no one even held out hope for an adult to obtain stereopsis. That began to change with the experience of psychologist, Dr. Sue Barry, now nicknamed "Stereo Sue." Check out how she explains what happened to her on her website,, or in her book by the same title. You can also watch her on You Tube:

In the vision therapy context, I have worked with quite a few adults who had never experienced seeing in 3-D. When it begins to emerge, the delight they express is amazing- in spite of the headache that seems to accompany the adjustment to true binocularity. It takes time but to enrich the way the world looks is a reward that is truly worth the investment of time, money, and discomfort.

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