2. Traumatic Brain Injury - 90% of people with TBI have visual dysfunction
3. Progressive Neurological Impairments
5. People who avoid specific visual tasks
Helio-NORA Article 2018
Thanks to Mason Curry's book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, I was introduced to a quote that reminds me a lot of how we improve vision through vision training or treat visual conditions with vision therapy.
"The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work." -Philosopher William James
This quote highlights the importance of repetitive tasks to be automatic (often termed "muscle memory"). Regular practice of a task, albeit in different ways and environments, leads to automaticity. In vision therapy, the sensory-motor system is introduced to new stimuli through 3D tools, large peripheral targets, quickly appearing objects for reactivity and tracking, and are repeated through a series of various techniques to train the visual pathways of the brain to accurately and automatically respond.
Once the visual system has been properly trained, the individual can put more cognitive effort towards the task (such as reading, soccer, writing, etc). Just as James eloquently states, the higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work.
Current research in Neuroplasticity has shown that adult brains can change and grow under favorable circumstances. Therefore vision can be trained and enhanced at any age, which is especially important following a concussion. Adults can learn new skills throughout their entire lives, including optimizing their visual abilities.
Research using a Functional MRI showed that following a vision training program there was increased brain activity in areas of the brain controlling vision including areas in the Frontal and Parietal Lobes, Cerebellum, and Brain stem as eye focusing and eye teaming improved!
Whether you are a CEO of a company with hours spent at the computer, a Graduate student working towards your PhD, a professional athlete, or a commercial pilot, you use your vision to meet all of your duties at work. We brush and floss our teeth twice daily, and repeat. What are most people doing for their VISUAL HYGIENE?
Here are five things you can start doing to treat your vision right!