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The Intricacy of Visual Perception

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The intricacy of visual perception
The intricacy of visual perception

Visual perception is a fascinating phenomenon that shapes our understanding of the world around us. From the vibrant colors of a sunset to the subtle details of a butterfly’s wing, our visual system is constantly at work. It processes an immense amount of information to create the rich tapestry of our visual experience.

In this blog post, we will explain visual perception, exploring how our eyes and brain collaborate to construct the visual world we know.

What is Visual Perception?

There is an eye, two of them actually. And there is brain. And all of them are just perfect in themselves. Yet, there is something that disables you to see the way you should see. At its core, visual perception is the process by which our eyes and brain work in tandem to interpret and make sense of the visual stimuli that surround us.

Probably most of you will know exactly that healthy eyes are not enough for (healthy) vision, but for those of you who do not, let us shortly summarize what the vision is.

The Eyes’ Role: Instrument of Vision

At the heart of visual perception are our eyes, incredible organs that serve as the initial architects of our visual experience. The journey begins with the cornea and lens, which refract incoming light, focusing it onto the retina at the back of the eye. The retina, composed of specialized photoreceptor cells, translates light into electrical signals, initiating the communication between our eyes and brain.

The Brain’s Role: 20 Billion Neurons

Imagine the eye being your smartphone’s camera lens and the retina being its camera light sensor. And all the rest of your smartphone is the brain. All the small parts that must work in utter fidelity in order to project your taken photo onto your smartphone screen. Well, this is exactly what your brain does.

Why am I telling you this? Well, because in our brain there are around a hundred billion neurons [neuron = a nerve cell, the smallest functioning unit that comprises the nervous system]. As if that is not enough, each neuron can make direct connections to about 10 000 other neurons, which accounts for roughly 1000 trillion connections in our brain.

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About 20-30 % of them all [the neurons and the connections] are devoted to processing visual information. That is 5 times more than are dedicated to perception from your skin, muscles, joints and bones and about 16 times more than are committed to your hearing.

Neurons in the brain must function to absolute perfection at all times to have a healthy visual perception.

About 20 billion neurons must function to absolute perfection at all times in order for you to see properly. Quite a number is it not? So, the next time you look in the night sky be aware of one thing. The number of stars you can see is much lower than the number of neurons required to see them. Our brain really is an amazing piece of nature!

Electrical signals traverse the optic nerve to the brain, particularly the visual cortex. The brain undertakes the complex task of processing these signals, weaving them together to form coherent visual impressions. This process transforms raw data into images, colors, and shapes that constitute our visual reality.

Color Perception

Color perception, governed by the sensitivity of cones in the retina to different wavelengths of light, is another aspect of visual processing. The brain merges these signals to produce the rich spectrum of colors we perceive in our surroundings. Furthermore, the interplay of contrast—between light and shadow, highlights and lowlights—adds depth and dimension to our visual field, enhancing our ability to distinguish details.

Visual Depth Perception

Visual depth perception refers to our ability to perceive the distance and three-dimensional characteristics of objects in our environment. It’s the reason we can tell how far away a car is, reach for a glass of water without knocking it over, or navigate a crowded room effortlessly.

Binocular Cues

Binocular cues rely on the fact that we have two eyes, each providing a slightly different perspective on the world. This disparity is known as binocular disparity. When an object is closer, the disparity between the images seen by each eye is more pronounced, allowing our brain to interpret the depth and distance of the object accurately. This is known as stereopsis, a crucial aspect of binocular depth perception.

Come on a Cosmic Adventure with AmbloPlay: Connecting Neurons for Better Vision!

Imagine the place where we all live. Not the house, not your city, not your country, not the Earth and not even the Solar system. But the galaxy, The Milky way. Our galaxy is composed of roughly a few hundred billion stars. Our Sun is only one of them.

With AmbloPlay, we are committing to bring some of those 20 billion neurons perhaps closer together, teach them how to act and what new connections to form, all for the improvement of your vision!

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Fernand from Montréal, Canada

I am a 61 years old men who discovered last year that I was suffering from amblyopia. I discovered AmbloPlay last may and decided to give a try.

After almost 6 months, I cannot say that I can see from my left eye (the lazy one) but the perception is clearly better. For sure I will continue to see if it get better (and ultimately see from my left eye). I wish I discovered AmblyoPlay earlier in my life. I highly recommend it!!!

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Conclusion

The eyes and brain need to collaborate to allow us to see our visual world. Furthermore, visual perception is a symphony of sensory input and cognitive interpretation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is visual perception?

Visual perception is the process by which our eyes and brain work together to interpret and make sense of the visual stimuli around us.

Why is visual perception important?

It’s crucial because it forms the basis of our understanding and interaction with the world. From recognizing faces to navigating spaces, visual perception is fundamental to our daily experiences.

How does AmbloPlay connect to visual perception and neurons?

AmbloPlay is committed to bringing neurons closer together, metaphorically speaking. Through engaging activities and exercises, AmbloPlay aims to stimulate neural connections for the improvement of vision. It enhances the ability to interpret visual information.

What is visual depth perception?

Visual depth perception refers to our ability to perceive the distance and three-dimensional aspects of objects in our visual field. AmbloPlay explores this dimension of visual perception, aiming to enhance the brain’s capacity to understand spatial relationships and depth, ultimately contributing to improved vision.

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Based on the data from over 15,000 patients using AmblyoPlay, improvements start within 4 months, while optimal results take anywhere between 6-18 months on average. The duration of required training depends on the patient’s age, the severity of the problem, accompanying diseases, and adherence to the training program.