My own pilot study: Microwaves’ effectiveness in increasing compliance with vision training

The solution was there, sitting in the corner of the kitchen all along. My microwave timer has saved patching. The ¬†obtrusive but helpful-in-a-pinch black box has also helped salvage the vision therapy we do at home. Cue an annoying series of loud, celebratory beeps! It makes sense. The only reason women endure childbirth is because… Continue reading My own pilot study: Microwaves’ effectiveness in increasing compliance with vision training

Two points of view. One big push forward.

In the first chapter of John Gottman's wonderful book, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, my current daily life is illuminated: "Behavioral psychologists have observed that preschoolers typically demand that their caretakers deal with some kind of need or desire at an average rate of¬†three times a minute." Stella is officially two and a half, 38… Continue reading Two points of view. One big push forward.

Stella insists she can see with BOTH eyes

Yesterday was sunny and crisp. A Golden Delicious apple of a day. Okay, a frozen one. I'd recently read about how incredibly important and beneficial outdoor time is to kids' eyesight, and was determined to whisk Stella off to the neighborhood park immediately after her nap. Stella woke up, and after wasting about 30 to… Continue reading Stella insists she can see with BOTH eyes

UW pre-optometry students to the rescue!

Stella knows how to use "WHAT!?" for comedic effect. At PCC, the natural grocery store we hit up to three times a day, there are fun sculptures outside. In reference to one of them she exclaimed, "A dog on a bike--WHAAAT!?" Just a sliver of a pause inserted. She went ahead and tacked on the… Continue reading UW pre-optometry students to the rescue!

Takin’ care of strabismus

Gah! I can't tell you how long I've been dying to use the above title for a blog post about Stella's vision. Eons. For those of you who don't know, "strabismus" (defined as "abnormal alignment of one or both eyes") sounds a lot like "business" with a funny extra syllable in front. So there you… Continue reading Takin’ care of strabismus

Fabulinks

I quickly wanted to share the results of our fun photo shoot with Dave Estep of EstepWorks. He's a friend, a former co-worker, and an incredibly talented creative photographer here in Seattle. Can't recommend him enough. He's so laid back and kind, and his happy brand of creative genius seems effortless in the best possible… Continue reading Fabulinks

The eyes don’t have it.

I've always been proud of my perfect vision. I've bragged about it openly, and came to appreciate it even more after Stella's visual challenges revealed the complexity and wonder of human eyesight. "I'm so lucky and blessed," I thought, darting my hawk eyes around to appreciate my crystal clear view of life. Turns out it's… Continue reading The eyes don’t have it.

A crime of passion. A lesson for us all.

It happened in the glow of our large flat monitor with the two dead pixels, which have long taunted us with their bold red hue. Stella freaked out, both passionately and oddly, flailing her arms around her head and wailing out of apparent discomfort. A powerful emotional display for a fit based on what seemed… Continue reading A crime of passion. A lesson for us all.

It’s all fun and eye games until someone attains 20/20 visual acuity in her left eye.

It's amazing what you can do with a few markers and a tea cup. Oh, the simple addition of a tea cup seals the deal, my friends. Overall, home-based vision therapy is getting easier as I find and engineer more and more exercises that she enjoys. Yes, enjoys! She still asks to play "eye games"… Continue reading It’s all fun and eye games until someone attains 20/20 visual acuity in her left eye.

Cirque de Okay

My official assessment is that this week's in-office vision therapy went well. It was interesting, and eye-opening. (Once again I've let you down and resorted to puns.) Eye-patched Stella threw a couple blocks in frustration and engaged in impressive evasive maneuvers, but we managed to reel her back in while avoiding a fight. We totally… Continue reading Cirque de Okay