We’re all a bit nerdy at TKS. And we’re all nerdy about slightly different things. One of my primary nerd-skills is binocular vision (BV). I find the way the eyes work together to send information to the brain, and the way the brain then interprets that information fascinating. Working with patients to fix their binocular vision problems is just the coolest thing to do, and it makes me happy.
One of the things I really love about BV is that I don’t fix people. I really don’t. I teach them the skills they need to take control of their eyes and then they fix themselves. The best bit is that they will always have the skills they’ve learned, so if they begin to notice the problem resurfacing at any point they can use their skills to get on top of things fast.
The other thing I love about helping children particularly to fix their binocular vision problems is the knock-on effect it has for other areas of their lives. Reluctant readers begin to enjoy books, messy writers become more legible and daydreamers and fidgets become more focussed (no pun intended). As I said in the previous post, I make no snake oil claims about binocular vision training, but it stands to reason that if someone can see clearly and comfortably, they will enjoy reading more, be able to write more neatly, and since they are finding these tasks easier they are likely to engage more fully in the classroom and thus appear to be concentrating more. No magic here…just clear vision.
It was the parent of a patient who first coined the phrase The BV Girl and it made me giggle because it sounded like a nerdy superhero name, and who doesn’t want to be a superhero right?