Saturday, August 17, 2013

#70 session

Well okay.

The light tube exercises went pretty well I suppose.  It wasn't very different from the previous day.  It was very easy.  There is still the accommodation difference, but that seems to be going away.

About Tetris for Strabismics, I did end up downloading the game and trying it out.  The version of the game I initially tried was helpful and tricky, but I had concerns that it wouldn't be as effective as it could be, since it was very easy to cheat: you were able to play the game fine with just one eye.  I would imagine that a truly useful version would require that you use both eyes.  I voiced this, and then Michael Lievens and others quickly modified the Javascript code, and within minutes, had the new uncheatable version uploaded to the group.  I'll see if I can get it posted to Github so that I can link it to this post.

Anyway, I am optimistic about this exercise.  I'm going to add this game to my routine and replace saccades with Tetris for Strabismics.  I'll still do saccades, but probably not as much.  I want to give the big boy exercises as much time as possible.

About Tetris for Strabismics--what does it do?  As I said in the previous post, it's Tetris that forces you to use both eyes in order to play.  The falling pieces are visible only with the left eye (which in my case is the lazy eye), and the stacked pieces are visible only with the right eye.  I imagine that if your lazy eye is the right eye, you'll want to reverse the filters so that you see the falling pieces with the lazy eye.  

I find this game to be challenging, and based on what I've heard from others in the group, they find it challenging as well.  But I find the fact that it's challenging to be very encouraging.  It seems as though very often, there is disagreement as to where each eye thinks the falling piece is relative to the background.  That means that the eyes are not in sync with one another.  They're not yet one system.  But this disagreement doesn't last long.  I will very often land the brick where it's not supposed to be.  DAMN, or not being sure, it will land where it's supposed to be.  YES.  It's really good feedback.  I've learned how to alter the way that I gaze through my lazy eye so that the falling pieces are in apparent agreement with the stacking pieces.  So this exercise seems to be providing something that other exercises were lacking--integrating the input into the brain so that the world becomes one super image.

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