Is anyone working on new technology for convergence? Who is currently researching new vision therapy techniques? If there is more than one group is there someone coordinating the efforts?
I'd certainly like to hear of anything you turn up. It seems to me it wouldn't be that hard to use some kind of 3D technology that's already available to gamers, but tweak it to allow esotropes and exotropes to be able to view and practice convergence.
I ask the question and I only hear crickets. There are lots of new technologies that could be adapted. Nike makes strobe glasses that could be easily adapted to help with stereopsis but NO ONE is working on anything new. I want to scream and pull out my hair.
It sounds like you've researched this. Good, so I won't have to go down the same dead ends. I have friends who are programers. I'm going to do a little hands-on research. (I wanted a mirror stereoscope so built one myself in an hour.) I'll let you know if we come up with something useful.
I was trying to get a doctor to work with me on inventing or improving something but they couldn't be bothered.
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there is software out there. but i havent seeen any comments about whether or not it works
Actually i spoke about this to my vision therapist when i was expressing my frustration with the program... I told her i had a book at home with all the activities she had been teaching me, plus more interesting ones and that i thought vision therapy would be aided by some more developed technique and equipment. She told me that since the human body has not evolved much since the advent of technology, that the best activities for vision therapy were the basic simple ones (hart charts, trampolines, balls ect). Also there is the issue of the eyes not changing focus at all whilst looking at a screen but im not satisfied with her answer im sure that such technology is being developed somewhere. My friend who studies videogame design has wowed me with the long list of uses for which such technology can be applied.
She gave you a pretty sad answer. It really makes no sense at all. I'm not saying some of the old technologies can't and don't work, but all the old school technologies were developed before computers and 3D.
I have talked with eye professionals all across the country and I can't find anyone doing any research on using new technologies in eye therapy.
There are several big colleges but I can't get any information from them regarding any research they might be doing.
This is one of the premier vision websites on the internet and this thread has been around for over 9 months and NO ONE has provided any evidence that there is any research into new technology going on anywhere.
What book do you have with all the activities listed?
umm it was called improve your vision without glasses or something like that... It focused on a whole range of visual problems.... and only mentions a few basic techniques for strabismus. Im actually looking for a better more specialized book ...since i am not doing the vision therapy program anymore due too being too expensive and not effective enough.
Please let us know if you find one. The only book that I know of is the one the therapists use and that doesn't include any new technologies.
Hi Bruce i know its been a while since you opened this thread. My friend who studies video game design has alerted me to dichoptic training using Tetris.
You can see the shapes at the bottom of the screen with one eye and the falling shapes with your other eye and they are therefore forced to work together.
It works on pretty basic principles but makes obvious sense right?
They trialed it and found the results were much better compared to patching etc. (see link below) I have emailed a few behavioral optometrists in my town and nobody seems to use such techniques or really any technology at all.
So I was wondering if we could come up with a way to do something like this at home. I mean there is a spatial game like tetris which used 2 basic red and blue colors and then couldnt you just wear a pair of red and blue 3D glasses, wouldnt it have a similar effect.
Hello Rabodinho - Yes that's exactly the type of game I've been looking for. The problem with optometrists and ophthalmologists is they aren't really scientists. They don't develop any new techniques. Most would rather argue with you why they don't need any rather than spend the time to develop any. It's pretty sad. I think we could develop something like this for home use. Please feel free to email me @ Bruce@Spaloo.com