The Importance of Stereoscopic Vision

The Importance of Stereoscopic Vision in Olympia

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What is Stereoscopic Vision?

As we briefly touched on before, stereoscopic vision is what occurs when our eyes work together to produce the effect of depth in our minds. Not to get too bogged down with scientific terms we have to discuss a few things to get us all on the same page. The manner in which stereo vision is produced is actually pretty straight forward. When both eyes engage and fixate on a target a few things are happening to get us to perceive true depth. The angular difference between the right and left eye, when they fixate on a target, results in the stimulation of depth perception in the mind and lets us perceive a complete and depth-filled picture.

Why Is Stereoscopic Vision Important?

The importance of stereo vision is something that might not be implied on just hearing the term but it is most certainly a crucial part of our visual system. Having true depth perception is a skill that is the bedrock for most of, if not all, our daily ongoings in life from playing sports, to tying our shoes and the list is endless. Not being able to see in stereo vision has an equally long list of implications such as not being able to judge distances between objects appropriately which can affect how we drive, cross the street or play catch with the kids. The personal safety aspect is one of the main things we consider when a person cannot perceive depth. If our mind can’t truly appreciate the space between objects it will change how we engage with the environment and not for the better. Also, along with external engagement, it will change how we interact with ourselves, making us overcautious or careful because we come to know the danger of not being able to see things where they truly are in space in relation to other objects, especially if they are moving.

Why Is Stereoscopic Vision Important?
Why Is Stereoscopic Vision Important?

Why Is Stereoscopic Vision Important?

Congratulations, You are one step closer to achieving stereo vision by pursuing treatment with American Family Vision Clinic. For most cases, stereovision is a skill that can be built up in vision therapy sessions. After you’ve had your comprehensive vision and sensorimotor exam and this culprit popped up we can begin to treat your needs. Throughout vision therapy there are many exercises that work to restore or completely rebuild the system which controls how we perceive depth. By getting proper motor alignment of the eyes and engaging our “feel” system we can get the patient to not only perceive depth but also to have a full appreciation of it. With continued in-office therapy this skill will translate into the outside and you’ll see it like never before. 

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Summary

Stereoscopic vision is the ability to register objects as being three-dimensional in relation to themselves and other objects by way of visual input through the binocular system. Put simply, our eyes work together to produce the depth we ascribe to three-dimensional objects in our mind.

Testimonials


  • Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.


    Anna P.

  • I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.


    June S.

  • Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.


    Christine R.

  • Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.


    Lars Wulff

  • Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.


    Justin E.

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