Archive | May 2012

Ready, Get SET, Go!

One of the activities my eye doctor has recommended is a game called SET. It’s a card game and the skills needed to play it use both sides of the brain. Integrating both sides of my brain as I work toward stereovision is what I’m all about! I’m ordering my copy of the game TODAY so I can play it with my family. Meanwhile, I found some fun online versions and I have become quite obsessed.

The first one is connected to the SET game website:http://www.setgame.com/set/puzzle_frame.htm. It’s a New York Times daily puzzle and you can enter to win a prize. I don’t know what you win, but I enter just for fun anyway:) I like this one because there is only one daily puzzle and when I have completed it, I feel a sense of accomplishment. The other online version I found is at http://thebreretons.com/setgame/. This one is really dangerous because when you complete the puzzle (i.e. identify six sets), it congratulates you and asks if you want to play again. It actually never ends and has become rather addictive for me. I sometimes get stuck and just have to click away from the site. (And when I’m not stuck I have to do the same thing!) The good news is that I am getting pretty good at it, so hopefully that means it’s helping my brain rewire:)

The game has been around for about 38 years and has won 29 best game awards. I am surprised I had never heard of it before! Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

“Set is a real-time card game designed by Marsha Falco in 1974 and published by Set Enterprises in 1991. The deck consists of 81 cards varying in four features: number (one, two, or three); symbol (diamond, squiggle, oval); shading (solid, striped, or open); and color (red, green, or purple).[1] Each possible combination of features (e.g., a card with three striped green diamonds) appears precisely once in the deck.”

The online versions provides a random grouping of 12 cards to make sets from. I’m looking forward to playing it as a card game with my family!

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Challenges are meant to be overcome

Last week was challenging because I somehow ended up with an eye infection. Apparently there are three types of “pink eye:” allergic, viral and bacterial. I had the bacterial version, a staph infection, with ulcers on my corneas. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic eye drop with steroids to help the inflammation. I have never seen eyes so red—especially not mine. As a consequence of the infection, I ended up wearing my glasses for a couple of days. They are a stronger prescription than the contacts I have been wearing and at first it bothered me. I was amazed at how quickly I adapted to it again though. It was like going back to square one in therapy too. I couldn’t do any of the computer games, couldn’t see close up because of the presbyopia, and couldn’t wear reading glasses with glasses. So I would take off my glasses to see close up and bring the object really close to my face.  I could see really good far away for a change though. . . Yep, pretty much back to square one. My eye turn is worse with the stronger prescription too. I can feel the pull more. After a couple of days, I was back to wearing contacts and things improved a little with the therapy.

My best computer vision therapy scores come when I am doing it without any correction. I have to get pretty close to the screen, but I can do the binocular reading and the randot much better without glasses or contacts. (My fusion extends out about 12-18 inches.)  We tried a couple of new things at vision therapy this week and I had a little improvement.  I am also going to stretch myself more in my home therapy. My doctor instructed me to stop reading without contacts or glasses to force my focus out further. That will be a challenge for me because I enjoy reading in bed!

On a brighter note, my children are doing great. They should be done within the next month or two. If I had had this opportunity when I was their age, I wouldn’t be doing a major rewire on my brain right now.