Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A long overdue update

I'm still alive!

But I haven't done much vision therapy over the past few years. I meant to. But life got complicated and I lost momentum. And I was living abroad for a while, too, so that made things hard. And blah blah excuses.

I'm starting to get my passion back, though. I've had some time off work, and I've spent the past 5 months learning computer programming, developing some vision therapy computer games, and trying them out with patients at my vision therapist's office. It's been really awesome. Eventually I'll release the game out into the world, and hopefully make some more as well. Stay tuned. :)

For those who are curious - this is the current status of my vision:

I still don't see in 3D.

I can straighten my eyes at will and point them at whatever I want. Which, for me, is awesome. I've met patients at my vision therapist's office who have much better prognoses than me - e.g., they've never had any surgeries, they have quite a bit of depth perception in certain situations, etc. BUT they don't have as much conscious control over their eye muscles as I do. So that makes me feel special. And I can straighten my eyes out for pictures / first dates, so that's useful.

I still have some suppression, which allows me to function in the 2D world.

I'd say that my biggest obstacle is that my brain just doesn't "get" it, yet. I can overlap the input from both eyes - but it just looks like two slightly different superimposed pictures, fighting for dominance. For other people, two overlapping, slightly different inputs produces depth magic. But for me, no magic. Will it ever happen? I don't know!