What is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to new experiences.

Historically, it was assumed that the nerve fibres in the brain were incapable of adaptation or change above the age of eight, when the brain was thought to be completely developed. Fortunately, with modern science and technology, we now understand that the brain can adapt and change and does so throughout our entire lives without us even being aware; this is the principle of Neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity allows you to constantly create new neural pathways every time you learn something new.

Whenever we think, feel or perform an action, the brain sends electrical impulses down the neural pathways. So, when we change our behaviour or perform an action in a new way, the brain builds a new pathway to transmit these impulses. The more we perform an action, the more we strengthen the neurological pathway and teach the brain to become accustomed to that behaviour. Strengthening new behaviours not only strengthens those neural pathways but also weakens the “old” pathways to help you adapt to this change.

Improved visual function due to neuroplasticity can sometimes take only a few weeks. If you suspect your child has an eye condition, contact our office.

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