Many people are unfamiliar with what vision therapy is and wonder if it is a ‘new fad.’ The reality is, vision therapy has been an effective clinical treatment administered by optometrists for over 50 years. The problem was that 50 years ago science knew ‘the truth’ about the visual system – it wasn’t changeable after age 7! That ‘truth’ persisted for many years despite brain changes being made in the visual system in optometric practices all over the country.
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, brain imaging, and public awareness that “truth” has changed. Sue Barry, or as many know her as “Stereo Sue,” has a marvelous story to tell about how she gained 3D vision as an adult. From her bio online she says: “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 stereovision until age 48 when I underwent optometric vision therapy under the guidance of a developmental optometrist.”
Sue has a very interesting perspective on how vision works both as a neuroscientist and as a patient. Please share in Sue’s journey by reading her blog and considered purchasing her book titled Fixing My Gaze. You can access her blog here: Eyes on the Brain on Psychology Today’s Website.
One of my favorite posts is the following: What the Brain Tells the Eye
Thank you Sue for sharing your vision with the world!