Ideas Worth Spreading about Vision Therapy
Chances are that you have heard of TED Talks. They are short live presentations designed to inspire awe, wonder, and curiosity. Or, as TED says, "ideas worth spreading." Initially on the subjects of Technology, Education, and Design (T.E.D.), now talked cover almost every conceivable topic. I highly encourage you to find some mind-blowing Ted Talks to watch.
If you live in a moderately large large city, you probably have TEDx Talks.This is the local, independent version of TED, where everyday people can share what they are passionate about. Several years ago I presented a TEDx talk on the subject of hyperlocal social media and it was a lot of fun.
As the years pass, TEDx talks get better and better. I am happy to present 3 TEDx talks below about the important of vision and vision development.
From TEDx Victoria: Overlooking Our Vision
Sight is something many of us take for granted, but as Cameron McCrodan shows, there are many aspects of sight that are simply overlooked - and they can have a massive impact on our quality of life.
From TEDx Lincoln: Curing learning-related vision problems
Optometrist, Dr. Vicky Vandervort explains what it is like for a person to have eyes that work but do so inefficiently causing the person to exert extreme effort to see. When this occurs, people, especially children, do not realize the drain on their brain.
From Tedx Pioneer Valley: Fixing My Gaze
Susan R. Barry, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, talks about solving her severe visual problems through vision therapy. "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."
Enjoy these talks. They are a nice introduction vision therapy and shows why Dr. Beth and I are so passionate about in our work at Bright Eyes Family Vision Care and Bright Eyes Kids.
The presenter in the first video makes the point that visual performance is a lot more than how well you can see the eye chart. I wonder how many people with myopia have poor performance with eye movement, tracking, depth perception or peripheral vision as compared to the the population with good vision?