Powers of Visualization

Powers of Visualization

Powers of Visualization

This article was reprinted with permission from “Efficient Vision”, a newsletter of the Optometric Extension Program (OEP). For further reading on visualization try Using Your Powers of Visualization by Emily Bradley Lyons. When you recall a memory, daydream, or picture an event, you are using visualization.  Visualization is one of the most important visual skills.  When somebody tells you a story or gives you instructions, do you often say “I see” when you mean “I understand?” That’s because your ability to understand others often depends on your ability to visualize or actually “see” what they are saying.   These processes use the part of the visual system called the mind’s eye.  Your mind’s eye can be a useful tool in many academic activities including reading, spelling, arithmetic, organizing, and especially abstract thinking. Spelling requires very strong visualization.  Because the English language is confusing and the same sounds can have a variety of spellings, it is necessary to visualize the word to…