Visual Plasticity

From the TED.com post below:

Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain’s visual system develops. Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism.

Pawan Sinha researches how our brains interpret what our eyes see — and uses that research to give blind children the gift of sight.

It is the cortical and sub-cortical plasticity of vision that allows amblyopes to develop stronger vision. If, for whatever reason, the stimulus to change is never presented or simply not available, visual development will be limited.

In the video that follows, Dr. Sinha describes how their approach to visual neuro-rehabilitation helps children reach their potential through directed therapies. In other words, he is finding that visual therapy is highly effective in restoring vision to suitable candidates, primarily deprivation amblyopes. We know of course that VT can be helpful in many other areas of concern as well. Dr. Sinha emphasizes in particular the role of movement, which, together with manual and vestibular challenges, is a key to success in therapy.

http://www.ted.com/talks/pawan_sinha_on_how_brains_learn_to_see.html

See Also:

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

 

1 comment for “Visual Plasticity

  1. August 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Excellent piece, Charles. Here’s some additional info:http://visionhelp.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/what-can-blindness-teach-us-about-vision/

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