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3 TEDx Talks on Vision and Vision Therapy

Ideas Worth Spreading about Vision Therapy

TEDx-logoChances 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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

-Dr. Nate

Ask Dr. Nate: Strabismus at 55

qmQuestion via a email: I’ve had strabismus all of my life. However, I am now soon-to-be 55 years of age, and the strabismus is becoming an issue. Other than when very tired, I’ve never had to consciously bring the double vision together. Now it has become a conscious effort. Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated.

As I am sure you can understand, I can’t give you any specific medical advice without examining you. However, I can give you some general opinions on cases similar to yours. First, if you have not read Susan Barry’s Fixing My Gaze, I recommend that you do so. It is excellent and will provide you with a great deal of information about a case similar to your own that has been successfully treated with vision therapy. That is not to say that you could have the same result, but you would have a better understanding of your condition and options. If you’d like to come by the office, I will give you a copy.

It is very common for individuals with vision problems to experience a worsening of comfort and control in their 40s and 50s that occurs along with the natural change of reduced ability to see up close. Sometimes this reveals longstanding problems or sometimes it creates new problems. An evaluation is needed to determine the extent.

Generally, in these cases there are many treatment options. One could do nothing, which is what you have been doing previously. One could wear specific glasses or glasses with prism in them to help improve the ability to keep the eyes aligned. One could undertake vision therapy, not to strengthen the eye muscles, but to help coordinate and control them. Finally, in extreme cases, eye muscle surgery is an option.

Elaine, I hope this is helpful. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an exam, feel free to call the office at 813-792-0637.

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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“Fixing My Gaze” One of Amazon’s Top 10 Science Books for 2009

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I’ve been a big fan of Susan Barry ever since I first read about her in The New Yorker several years ago. I was an even bigger fan after her book “Fixing My Gaze” was published this year. As a neuroscientist and educator, she has written a very accessible book about her remarkable experience with vision therapy as an adult.

I’ve become so enamored with “Fixing My Gaze” that I have shared many copies with friends, held an online contest to give a the book as a prize, and even interviewed Dr. Barry. So I was delighted to see this morning that the book has been selected as the #4 top science book by Amazon.com for 2009. This is very fitting, due to the easy-reading style of a very complex and fascinating subject.

Congrats to Dr. Barry for the well-deserved praise for a fine piece of work!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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“Fixing My Gaze” FREE BOOK contest !!

FMGBecause I was so lucky to win a book in a twitter contest that Tampa’s own @Steamykitchen held today, I am going to hold my own to celebrate.

I am so excited about “Fixing My Gaze” By Susan Barry. It is an awesome book about vision development and human potential, written in an easy understand way.

I’d love to give everyone a copy, but I only have so many for the office. So during this contest, only one lucky person will get to win.

Here are the contest rules:

  1. 50th re-tweet wins a free, new copy of “Fixing My Gaze” by Susan Barry.
  2. Book can be picked up at Bright Eyes or will be mailed to the winner.
  3. Only 2 re-tweets will be counted each hour.
  4. No employee of Bright Eyes Family Vision care can win. (Just ask me for the book.)

If you have any question, ask @BrightEyesTampa.

Have Fun!

Dr. Nate

Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.

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