Vision care as we have known it is changing. The patient is becoming more knowledgeable, and the providers have access to new technology. The combination of these two variables necessitates a new paradigm of vision care. A method based on science, and yet one that is truly holistic in its depth, is needed. I have been researching such an approach during my clinical work and teaching in Europe. The KaplanEyeCode®-Perception Technology is such a system. The foundation is visual science linked to other disciplines related to the eyes. The need, as I see it, for an integrated approach to vision therapy is based on the following presuppositions:
a) The human being does not see with the eye, but through the eye.
b) What we see, and what we measure in the eye, is a reflection of the patient’s perceptions.
c) The human way of perceiving is based on two physiological components, called ‘looking’ and ‘seeing’.
d) The perceptions of looking are derived from focused light striking the macular of the eye. Seeing perceptions are activated by unfocused light reaching the retina.
e) The perceptual view through the right eye is genetically coded differently than through the left eye.
f) The diopters, suppressions, lack of visual acuity, eye diseases, phorias, and other eye findings are not problematic. Nor are they meant to be fixed.
g) The basis for seeing deeply, with awareness and being conscious, is determined by the level of integration between the right and left eye perceptions.
h) Normal ‘correct the refractive error’ glasses do not correct anything. They in actual fact relegate the viewer to perceptions of being a victim and without power to see differently. Generally these glasses imprison the person to more thinking than feeling.
i) Minus lenses that compensate for 20/20, or 100% vision, are a sympathetic stimulant, no different than a stimulating drug.
j) Plus lenses, or plus lens affects, prescribed correctly, can be a parasympathetic stimulant, a relaxant.
k) Glasses, without an integrated vision therapy approach, leaves the patient unresponsive to a self responsible system for their vision future
l) The iris of the eye holds valuable genetic information that forms the basis of understanding the personal perceptual coding system of the patient.
m) Every eye condition of refraction or disease is a view into how the patient is deviating from their fundamental perceptual EyeCode®.
n) All treatments for eyes need to consider where the patient is in their life cycle, that is, the variables before their current chronological age and the future.
o) The meaning of the EyeCode® matures into deeper interpretations with age.
p) During the patient’s life cycle, there is an automatic integration demand between the perceptions of thinking, feeling and emotion.
q) At the core of most vision problems is an inability for the patient being able to handle emotional incongruity.