Thursday, April 2, 2009

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Paris!

Just in case you were thinking this was a photo of a tourist in Nice, it is not, it's ME wearing my red/green exercise glasses.  

Vision Therapy is going very well.  It takes a lot of patience and the ability to pay attention to every moment.  This week I had double vision.  It was a exciting and strange experience.

The therapist drew a circle on a big white board and while wearing these red green glasses, with my prism glasses underneath, she told me to take two laser pointers (I had one in each hand) and try to point the two lights inside the circle.  I could not do it.  I was able to get one of the beams in the circle but not both...It just seemed so impossible, like my hand was not attached to anything i was doing and I could not aim it in the circle no matter how hard I tried.  

Suddenly out of nowhere another circle appeared above the one she had drawn.  I screamed, "HEY, THERE ARE TWO CIRCLES NOW!!!" (I scream a lot in vision therapy...) So they said, "ok, then put one light beam in each circle, which I did easily and then the therapist slowly lifted my glasses to show me that I had put both beams in ONE circle. 

I do not fully understand why this happens... Why did I see two circles, and then without the glasses only see one?  I have to figure this one out!  So, I understand that my brain is not suppressing one of my eyes, but it is now giving me two images and I need to learn to fuse the two things.  BUT HOW!?