Do You See What I See? A Scientist's Journey Into 3-D In this interview on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" program, Dr. Susan Barry, a neurobiologist, gives the listener a perspective of what it is like to be born with an eye turn and unable to see in 3-D. She explains how a developmental optometrist helped her retrain her eyes to allow her to see for the first time in 3-D, something she never thought possible. Dr. Susan Barry wrote a memoir about the subject as well: Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions.
College of Optometrists in Vision Development The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals who offer state-of-the-art services in:
- Behavioral and developmental vision care
- Vision therapy
- Visual rehabilitation
Parents Active for Vision Education P.A.V.E. is a national non-profit education, resource and support organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement.
Optometrists Network Optometrists Network is a network of interconnected patient education and optometric web sites which educate the public about visual health and unique aspects of optometric care.
Websites on the Optometrists Network:
- Vision Therapy Success Stories Read about how vision therapy has helped these children and adults with their vision problems.
- Convergency Insufficiency Information Convergence Insufficiency is a common problem that can cause eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision, and/or headaches when working on near tasks like reading and homework. Learn how to recognize this problem and the best treatments.
- Lazy Eye or Amblyopia Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is the eye condition where there is reduced vision which is not correctable by glasses or contact lenses. Amblyopia can develop in children that have eye turns or strabismus. Another cause for amblyopia is needing very different prescriptions between each eye. Visit this site to learn more about this condition and how vision therapy and surgery are used to treat it.
- Strabismus or Eye Turn Strabismus or eye turn is one of the causes of amblyopia. Depending on the type of strabismus, treatment includes vision therapy, glasses and/or surgery to realign the eyes.
- Children's Vision Learn more about how children's vision develops, the unique problems children can have with their eyes and how a pediatric eye exam is different from an adult eye exam.
- Vision Therapy Vision therapy, a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain, is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Visit this website for expert information on what conditions vision therapy can treat and how to find a qualified optometrist.
- 3-D Vision Learn how people see in 3-D! This website explains how "Magic Eye" pictures and 3-D movies work. In order to see in 3-D, you must have stereovision, meaning that both eyes must be able to give certain information to the brain to see the depth of objects. People with amblyopia, strabismus and decreased vision from disease often cannot see in 3-dimensions and have decreased stereovision.
- Attention Deficit Disorder This site has information on how Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders affect the eyes and the visual problems associated with ADHD.
- Brain Injuries and Vision Problems Many patients with brain injuries have vision problems that can make simple activities challenging. This site discusses the symptoms of brain injuries to the visual system and how vision therapy and vision rehabilitation can help.
This website is jointly maintained by the American Optometric Association and the 3D at Home Consortium and provides information on how problems encountered in viewing 3-D media can reveal eye or vision problems. The "3Ds of Stereoscopic 3D Viewing" (discomfort, dizziness and lack of depth) are explained as well as when to see an eye doctor.