Welcome to OptikIQ – Providing cognitive rehabilitation programs

Who can benefit from cognitive training for medical and rehabilitation purposes?

People who suffer from a multitude of issues can benefit from cognitive training.  Cognitive training is a great way to provide brain rehabilitation.  Examples of conditions that cognitive training can help include: people with concentration and attention difficulties, visual difficulties that are stress induced, and those who wish to excel in sports.

I have 20/20 vision – isn’t that enough?

Well, it’s a good start, but 20/20 is a static measurement and it simply means that you can see the Optometrist’s chart clearly under controlled conditions.  The controlled conditions are where you’re viewing a 2-dimensional chart, in good light, and both you and the chart are stationary. But to play a dynamic sport well requires well developed dynamic acuity which involves visual skills like depth perception, peripheral awareness, and the ability to track rapidly moving objects as they move toward or away from you, while you are also in motion. It’s like the difference between watching your favorite movie in ‘stereo’, or ‘surround sound’.

Can peripheral vision really be improved?

There is a difference between ‘peripheral vision’ and ‘peripheral awareness’. Peripheral vision cannot be changed. What you’re born with is what you’ve got. On the other hand, peripheral awareness can be greatly enhanced by using retinal stimulation.

Retinal stimulation involves maintaining focus directly in front of you while simultaneously reacting to a target that is rapidly moving in their peripheral field. At first, objects in the periphery may seem very murky and indistinct, but with training you will quickly become more aware of them and as a result, react faster to peripheral action without losing your focus on the key target or objective. This improvement in peripheral awareness translates directly to improved athletic performance.

How does stress most often affect an individuals life?

Stress causes loss of concentration and peripheral tunneling; two problems that go hand in hand most of the time. As important as it is to maintain a high level of focus on your key target or objective, it’s equally important that you don’t allow yourself to become so focused that you start to tunnel – because when that happens you not only lose awareness of peripheral action, you also become oblivious to verbal cues.

How can you be so sure that this will work for me?

We have scientific proof that the training program works. The initial studies were conducted using high level performers, the program is applicable to any activity that requires instantaneous recognition and reaction. The skills that have been identified as essential to effective performance in military and police tactical units are basically identical to those that are essential to consistently effective performance in everyone’s life, including yours.

What can I expect? How much will I improve?

It will vary from person to person based on initial skill levels and the amount of time and effort put into the training sessions. You will notice a difference within 3 months with regular training.

You will improve based on the amount of time and effort put into training!

Why isn’t everyday life enough to exercise my eyes / brain?

Why do you work out in the gym? You need to lift weights and run to develop physical endurance, just like cognitive training develops your mental strength and performance so you can operate at your peak levels.

Exercising your eye muscles and developing your dynamic visual skills is just as important. Just as you do in weight training, you need to overload your eye muscles in order to develop them, so that you will experience less strain and fatigue when it counts. With training, your thought processes will be faster and more organized, even when you are multi-tasking. At your peak levels of performance, it will actually seem as if things are moving in slow motion, because you are functioning faster and more effectively.