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Posted on 09-16-2013

I Do It My Way: Vision Therapy Will Help

Originally posted on October 2nd, 2012

Introduction to Vision Therapy

First a bit of housekeeping.  Personally I prefer the label visual training, but vision therapy is apparently more familiar to the general public, and perhaps more official sounding.  One reason I prefer visual training is the word visual.  Visual is a descriptive word; vision is a noun, a thing.  A noun is fairly fixed and rigid; descriptive words feel more flexible and action oriented.  I also prefer visual because the work I do pertains to the visual process as opposed to vision.  My biggest problem with the word vision is that it has a long history in common usage as an alternative for eyesight.  Many people, most eye care professionals included, use the phrase “20/20 vision” when talking about how clearly someone sees, as in, “I have excellent vision – I don’t need to wear glasses,” or, “There is nothing wrong with your child’s vision – it is 20/20.”  The formal definition of vision also equates it with eyesight.

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Posted on 08-28-2013

Originally posted on August 23rd, 2012

Sports and the Visual Process

It’s probably not too difficult to imagine that the visual process is important in sports.  Every sport or athletic activity I can think of (with the possible exception of pin the tail on the donkey and piñata) is played with the eyes open and looking at something.  That’s the first clue.  Many sports involve judging speed and distance, a major responsibility of the visual process.  The importance of the visual process in sports becomes even clearer once you fully appreciate the idea that the primary purpose of the visual process is to direct action.  It is also worth noting that the visual process is pervasive in human behavior. Though the average human spends more time reading than playing sports, the human visual process can easily be thought of as being designed more for things like sports than for things like reading. Vision therapy provides an edge for any athlete.

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