Today I received a copy of Fixing My Gaze, by Susan R. Barry. As I understand (from listening to a radio interview of the author), it is the story of how after decades of non-stereoscopic vision, Barry, who is a neurobiologist, trained her brain to fuse left- and right-eye images, and could suddenly see in three dimensions.
This book is of interest to me, because like Barry and countless others I developed strabismus early in childhood and never developed --or I lost--the ability to see stereoscopically, even after corrective surgery (three surgeries in my case).
This has been a significant issue in my life. Poor depth perception, frequent double-vision--I stopped driving in my early 20s because it seemed I was tempting fate. Not an easy choice considering I had set my sights (hah) on field biology as a career. (I had already ruled out professional tennis player.)
How did she do it? How can it work? What does the world look like in 3-D? Can't wait to find out.
Barry, Susan R. 2009. Fixing My Gaze. Basic Books, NY.