For Some Vision isn’t Always an Automatic Process

By: Miss Allie

For Some Vision isn’t Always an Automatic Process

Have you ever thought about what goes into having perfect depth perception?  Or how you are able to see, perceive and make movements in a split second?  There are so many neurological processes that have to occur within a split second for you to function throughout your day based on visual stimuli.

For example, your eye spots something, light travels through your eyes, focuses on your retinas and travels through neuropathways through all different parts of your brain.  Your brain must then send messages to your body to make movements or create thoughts based on what the stimuli is.  There is much more to this neurological process, but imagine if just ONE thing did not function properly.*

Imagine if when your eyes got tired (like other parts of your body) they didn’t coordinate well together.  It is crucial that the eyes are constantly synchronized, otherwise you may suffer symptoms like: double vision, headaches, decreased depth perception, or in some cases, the brain will start suppressing feedback from that eye if it’s not pointed in the exact same spot as the other eye. Think about it– you could be processing only some of what you see with one of your eyes.  This means your visual system is half as efficient without you even knowing.

Does this get better with age, or can you “grow out of it?”  For many adults, what starts as something that is barely noticeable, rears its head after years of working on a computer or reading detailed text at work.

The good news is it can be trained! Your brain and binocular vision system can be trained to work together efficiently! If you’re interested in finding out more information, call our office or read more on our website.  Sometimes, just because it’s the way things are doesn’t mean it’s the way that they have to stay!

*http://www.covd.org/?page=Convergence

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