Ready, Get SET, Go!

71C1Dm82YjL._AC_SX425_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 is a New York Times puzzle: **UPDATE: this version is no longer supported so I just use the app on my iphone*** It has four levels of play and after you complete all four, you’re done for the day.  I like this one because after I complete the four daily puzzles, I feel a sense of accomplishment. The other online version I found is at downloadThis is also a daily puzzle. Another version is at There is a version of the daily puzzle as an app as well, on the app store, and the Set mania game app for $1.99.  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!

Overcoming challenges

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 my 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, it took me 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 using eye drops, I was back to wearing contacts and things improved a little with my vision 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 after I remove my contacts.

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 younger, I wouldn’t be doing a major rewire on my brain right now.