Wide-eyed Wonder: an artist's musings on three-dimensional vision

Some are color blind. I am stereo blind.

– Who is Lynda Rimke?

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Lynda Rimke is a freelance graphic designer and artist.

She remembers sitting at the dining room table as a child and telling her mother she could see pink out of one eye, and blue out of the other: a very slight warm and cool effect when looking out of each eye. Forty-some years later, she now knows her unusual way of seeing out of one eye or the other is called alternating esotropic strabismus. The color difference has become less noticeable, but her lack of binocular vision continues to contribute to heightened color perception.

pseudostrabismic strabismic at age 6She has drawn and painted from childhood, perhaps because seeing flat was an advantage along with seeing subtle color. Adults encouraged her art early on. She majored in fine art in college.

When in college, she learned about vision therapy and sought help to gain normal binocular or stereoscopic vision. Tests revealed that each eye saw the world totally independently of the other. The therapist could not guarantee the exercises would bring about complete eye teaming.

Over 30 years have passed, and Lynda has now discovered that others with her condition are being helped to achieve binocular vision through vision therapy. Susan R. Barry has published her experiences in a book, Fixng My Gaze.

It is Lynda’s hope that her own vision therapy journey will lead to a 3D world, and that this blog will help others like her to find their way also.

Lynda holds a Master’s degree in Education, specializing in learning theory and educational media. Along with her new interest in vision therapy, Lynda has researched the visual-spatial learner, underachieving giftedness, learning styles and personality traits (as defined by Myers-Briggs.)

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Written by Lynda Rimke

November 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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  1. Hi – I was sent here by Sally, who writes the “Strabby” blog. I’ve just started checking out online support for people in vision therapy, which I’ve been doing for the past two months. A lot of questions come up, but the doctor isn’t always available, and my vision therapist doesn’t know the answers to a lot of them. For example, my doctor told me that I have anomalous retinal correspondence and that this makes me more difficult to treat than some people. She (the doctor) is afraid of introducing permanent double vision, so she’s been very cautious with the kinds of exercises I do. I certainly don’t want double vision, but sometimes I find myself getting impatient. And after reading about all the stuff you guys are doing, I want to try them. More questions for the vision therapist. :)

    One thing I was happy to see was that you are my age. I also grew up in the 1960s, and OMG, your haircut – I had an identical one! It gives me a lot of hope to see middle-aged people doing vision therapy and expecting to see some changes. “Neuroplasticity” is one of my favorite words. :)

    Thanks,
    Joyce

    Bastette (Joyce)

    April 4, 2011 at 1:02 am

    • Hi Joyce,

      I started a double vision discussion on the social network for vision therapists and patients, sovoto.com. Click on this link to see the discussion http://www.sovoto.com/group/adultstrabismicpatientsforum/forum/topics/determining-the-risk-of …. It is very insightful and also encouraging. I bascially now believe that double vision is not be an issue: if you established suppression in childhood, you can get that back. The folks who have trouble getting rid of it are those who have surgery as adults with no eye-brain preparation to suppress it.

      Joining sovoto and the adult patients’ strabismus forum will allow you to comment, and “friend” other adults going through VT. Many of us are also on facebook. Look us up :-)

      Growing up in the 60s … that’s a great topic in itself!

      Lynda Rimke

      April 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

      • Lynda,

        Thanks for your suggestions. I joined Sovoto. There’s lots of stuff there, and lots of members – including my VT doctor.

        Maybe I just didn’t poke around enough, but it didn’t seem like there was any place for people to just chat with each other in a social way – I mean, about VT and related topics, but not necessarily in a formal way. I would love to post an intro somewhere on that site, but I don’t really see a forum for doing that. It seems very formal and professional. Not that I don’t appreciate a place where doctors and OTs are talking to each other and to patients about these issues, but I don’t have anything scientific to report, myself. I have a lot of questions, though! Is there a place on Sovoto to engage with other people in a less formal setting? Or maybe another forum somewhere else?

        Thanks!
        Joyce

        Bastette (Joyce)

        April 6, 2011 at 12:38 am

      • Hi Joyce,

        Glad you joined sovoto. I wouldn’t be too concerned by the formality of the discussions. Some will be more scientific than others. Eg there’s a new one now to post those elusive 3D experiences which is total fun.

        The only other network many of us are on is facebook, and we simply seek out and friend one another. Please “friend” me if you are there. :-)

        On sovoyo, I was thinking of starting a discussion for us to share our strabismic one-lineers and come-backs, just for laughs.

        And this is THE place to ask questions and get great answers from the therapists and old pros who’ve been doing therapy longer.

        I realize that with your therapist on sovoto and in the group, it’s a bit more awkward!

        I’ve yet to talk with mine about sovoto in depth (I need to tell her about the group tomorrow!) as she seems to limit her time on computers anyway.

        But if she was on sovoto, and even if she never joins, I should be asking her if my starting discussions with questions she hasn’t fully answered would make her feel that she was being put on a bad light. And I would explain that therapy sessions are so filled with therapy, it’s hard for me to remember to ask questions. So it’s not a reflection on her when I think up one to discuss.

        Thanks for asking this. It’s given me the courage to say all of the above at my appointment tomorrow!

        Lynda Rimke

        April 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  2. Hi,
    me to I see warm/pink with one eye and blue/cool with the other one.
    This is noticeable only sometimes, especially when “eyes” are tired and with artificial illumination…

    F

    May 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm


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