Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Amblyopia Book: Fixing My Gaze

I received an email from the author of Fixing My Gaze about this new book on Amblyopia and the author's personal experience with "changing her brain and vision". I have a copy of the book here that I will be starting soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share info about the book with you.

From Sue Barry:

I have just written a book called Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions . The book describes my experience and that of several others with vision problems, especially crossed eyes and amblyopia.

I have been cross-eyed since early infancy and had three childhood surgeries which made my eyes look straight but did not provide me with normal vision. About half the people with crossed eyes develop amblyopia by relying on one eye for seeing and turning in the other. The other half alternate vision between the two eyes. They alternately look with one eye and turn in the other. I did not develop amblyopia but alternated vision between my two eyes. I had no stereovision (3D) vision and a lot of problems learning to read in school and learning to drive.

When I was 48 years old, I consulted a developmental optometrist who prescribed for me a program of optometric vision therapy that taught me how to aim my two eyes at the same place at the same time. I gained stereovision and a remarkable new way of seeing the world. My story was first described by Oliver Sacks in the June 19, 2006 issue of the New Yorker in an article titled Stereo Sue.

I am a neurobiology professor at Mount Holyoke College so I have studied vision science very closely. In my just published book, Fixing My Gaze, I describe not only my story but that of many others including several people with different forms of amblyopia. I describe the science behind binocular vision, how the vision therapy works, and the differences in perception between a person with amblyopia or strabismus and a person with normal vision. I discuss the problems that binocular vision disorders can cause in school, sports, and driving and the different treatments for amblyopia and other binocular vision disorders.

The book is written for the general reader particularly for parents of children with vision problems.

You should be able to find the book in your local bookstore, and it is for sale on Amazon.com.

Sue Barry also writes a blog for Psychology Today called Eyes on the Brain:

1 comment:

  1. This is a truly excellent book. I just finished it last night and gave a copy to some some patients today.

    Anyone who has any interest in improving visual skills should read it.

    -Dr. B.