Early Vital Visual Stimulation

One of the key methods we used to help Tomas progress in the early days was based on effectively and consistently stimulating his vision.

Tomas was totally blind and could not see even a bright light in a dark room. Having researched his condition which was Visual Cortex Blindness, I discovered that using an ultraviolet light, first alone and then together with florescent paper shapes, stimulated the brain to build neural pathways which would improve his level of vision. I used a UV light in a dark room for 10 minutes per day for six months and the results were incredible. Not only did he begin following the UV light and reaching for the florescent shapes in the dark room, but after the six months he also began following bright, high contrast objects in natural daylight.

Since he was unable to lift his head in the early days, another key factor that helped us to continue to stimulate his vision to maximum effect, all day every day, was the development of a foam neck collar. We fixed this specially made and comfortable collar around his neck for 2/3 of each day, so as not to make his neck lazy or weak by wearing it continually, but keeping his head up to take in a variety of scenes, objects, people, colours, movement etc. for the most part of each day. We believe that this helped him to continue to develop useable vision after the UV stimulation was no longer of benefit and his eyes needed to adapt to improve his daylight vision.

We have continued to use books, flashcards, TV and computer images to stimulate his vision daily ever since and he now has usable vision up to about 1 metre for most things and can see much further for simple, large, high contrast images. In the last few years he has also begun to see and distinguish between different colours accurately.

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