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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

Dr. Nate Interviewed about Google Glass

If you have even a tiny interest in either technology or eyewear, then you sure have heard about Google Glass. If you aren’t familiar, they are glasses that capture and display information for you. Think Geordi Laforge’s visor from Star Trek Next Generation. Better yet, watch this concept video from Google:

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Mashable interviewed me to get an eye doctor’s take on the new glasses. While very few people have seen working examples of Google Glass, including me, I have read quite a lot about them and talked to people with experience with it. While the technology is undoubtedly very, VERY cool, there are two concerns from a visual stand-point.

The first is physical – our eyes are not best suited to the set up of the device. Even though it is a Heads Up Display, you do have to look up and out at the image, potentially causing eye strain and can result in symptoms including headaches, burning, gritty eyes, back and neck pain and short-term difficulty focusing in the distance after long periods of computer work.

The second is mental – people can only pay attention to one thing at a time. So if they are watching their Google Glass display, they are not watching the world around them. Additionally, some people have a very hard time simultaneously processing visual information while controlling their body movements (such as walking).

Click on the image below to read the entire article:

Why Google Glass Could Be Bad For Your Eyes

I can’t wait to get a pair and try them out for myself. Google is running a contest to select people who want to purchase Google Glass early.

Dr. Nate

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD
Bright Eyes Family Vision Care
Located in the Westchase area of Tampa.
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New Online Features Translate Vision Science to Everyday Life

From National Eye Institute Press Release – May 18, 2009

National Eye Institute Celebrates Healthy Vision Month

Nearly 14 million Americans experience vision problems, ranging from the need for glasses to blindness. The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, supports vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments for these conditions. During Healthy Vision Month this May, NEI unveils three online resources for the public to get an inside look at the research process and its impact on public health.

Online Newsmagazinewww.nei.nih.gov/EYEonNEI

Eye on NEI will feature in-depth stories, interviews with researchers, vision science images, and answers to eye health questions. The first biweekly edition includes a profile of Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Weihenmayer recounts his experiences with testing a breakthrough vision device known as BrainPort. The device, developed with NEI support, allows visually impaired people to “see” objects and words by relaying electrical signals from the tongue to the brain.

Multimedia Timelinewww.nei.nih.gov/lca/nei_timeline

This interactive timeline details the research path toward gene therapy treatment for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a blinding genetic condition that affects the eye’s retinal tissue. In a recent NEI-supported study, three young adults with LCA experienced improvements in day and night vision after undergoing gene therapy. The timeline incorporates video interviews with researchers, scientists, and medical experts to trace the scientific process from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.

Vodcast and Podcastwww.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes

Many vision problems can go undetected without regular, comprehensive dilated eye exams. In vodcast and podcast interviews for the new Healthy Eyes Web page, NEI’s Dr. Janine Austin Clayton explains that nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia are common vision problems that are easily corrected once diagnosed. Visitors can also use the Web page to send free e-cards to encourage family and friends to get their vision checked.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation’s Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

Full Press Release can be found here.

Dr. Nate

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

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