I've had five months of vision therapy. 50 sessions to date, with 51 and 52 coming tomorrow. When I first started, the scheduled 64 sessions seemed a nearly unfathomable number of roundtrip visits to Fair Lawn, NJ. For one thing, I didn't like driving... I do now. I wonder what it will be like to not have to go to VT. I will miss that drive. I will miss my Family EyeCare family. They are all very sweet and engaging but I don't know if they truly know how appreciated they are. Before each appointment I get a call reminding me of the next session (thank you for that!) and each time I feel like I'm speaking to a good friend.
In the last sessions, I learned a bit more about my vision. My right eye still attempts to be the dominant eye - my left still has a tendency to turn in ever so slightly from time to time, limiting my stereo experience. I learned that I need to focus my attention to my left eye, this seems to allow my eyes to correct themselves, making my right eye less dominant and brings me into a swimming 3-D shortly after. It works. I was in wonderful 3D most if not all of the day today.
I did some errands mid afternoon. As I walked the sidewalks, I concentrated my gaze more left eye centric and enjoyed deep stereo. In my posts, I've noted that night time is easier for me to see in 3D, so being able to continue seeing in stereo with good midrange depth throughout the day today was fantastic. I walked under a small tree as the branches and leaves danced around me (with me?) so playfully that I stopped and thanked them. Perhaps this day made my walk with Lucky tonight seem more special. The trees seemed more expressive, more textured. I saw the night street at a greater distance and depth than I have before. Yet, for all the depth and distance, I'm still amazed how much closer things seem in stereo. In flatland my surroundings are so much more distant.
This week I read a script to my wife, though I much prefer allowing her to read things to me as Robin has a wonderful reading voice. After I read the first five single-spaced pages, we both noticed that I was reading quite fast and keeping my place very well. In my life pre-VT, I would constantly lose my place while reading, so I tended to read somewhat slowly. I would paraphrase what I glanced on the page as I hastily tried to find my place. When stumbling through a script you can miss something important. AS my reading tends to put my wife to sleep, I had good comprehension of what I had read and caught her up on the storyline and many of the details this morning.
Tonight I was in our bathroom, where we have an artificial plant in a vase on our vanity. The tendrils drape the vase in long arcs. As I stood there I was able to reach out and touch the very ends of a few of the leaves deliberately and delicately, easily locating them in space, barely moving them as my finger contacted them. Again, I observed how much closer things seem around me when I'm in stereo.