Learn the benefits of rehabilitative therapy and corrective vision as well as how vision effects balance, gait and posture in this article presented by Professor Janet Kohtz, B.S, O.D, F.C.O.V.D. About 100 years ago, a very wise optometrist by the name of A. M. Skeffington stated that if: 1) we know where we are in space, 2) where “it” is in space, 3) what “it” is (identification), and 4) have speech/audition, THEN vision is the emergent (existent)!
So, you see, vision is not the result of having two organic globes (the eye balls) hanging down from the frontal lobe in the brain along with a bunch of hot wiring. Our vision is learned from the time we are infants. It develops along with the primitive reflexes and our world of vision enlarges as a result of how much information we are given to analyze, such as toys, outdoors, pets, movement, and interactive time with the family. Whether or not we crawl may determine how the systems of the brain (like vestibular, proprioceptive, and vision) interact and therefore, how well we comprehend when reading.
Now, when considering the other end of the spectrum, how vision is involved with aging and specific diseases like Parkinson’s, there are well-known factors going on. With the degeneration of the brain/body, the peripheral vision is what is lost. And as the peripheral vision slips away, not only does it go unnoticed, but it takes the balance, posture and gait with it.
So a very SPECIFIC yearly eye examination is in order as we get older. Not only can the early effects of diabetes be discerned, and viewed by the patient and his/her family, but the slowing gait and bent-forward posture of the Parkinson’s patient can be ameliorated through the application of a prism prescription. Also, rehabilitation therapy can improve the peripheral fields and improve posture and balance, thereby helping the Parkinson’s patient to avoid falls. With a prism prescription, and rehabilitation therapy, the patient’s ADL’s (activities of daily life) can take a gigantic leap backward to regain lost body coordination and reading skills! Handwriting improves, walking smoothes out and speeds up, and life improves.
Learn more at ParkinsonsResource.org/general-information/dr-janet-kohtz