I’ve written before about the optometric sons and daughters of Stereo Sue and Dr. T., and their incredible blogging, which continues to elevate our field from the patient’s perspective, and is illuminating for docs and therapists as well. Some blog names are straightforward, like Strabby (for Strabismus) or Leaving Flatland (in the pursuit of 3D). But “Squinty” Josh? Squint is the British term for strabismus, one presumes because patients with newly acquired strabismus likely squinted one eye closed to avoid double vision. Or perhaps because it is classic for patients with intermittent exotropia to squint one eye in sunlight for reasons still not fully known.
Derivations aside, Squinty Josh is really on to something. At first I thought his creativity might be limited to customized adaptations like the Marsden Ball pictured here. SJ created a nice cancellation with red/green glasses. Quite clever. But in a post earlier this month Squnity takes his personal workshop to an entirely different level. We’ve had industrious patients in our practice before, but I can’t recall one as industrious as SJ. What impresses me about Josh is that he continues to read about strabismus therapy, influenced by Stereo Sue, and is jumping into the belly of strabismus. Earlier this month he blogged about his discovery of Effective Strabismus Therapy by Dr. Israel Greenwald, and how that inspired him to rig up a device that he found useful.
Dr. Greenwald is a highly accomplished VT-OD in his own right, and credits much of his influence to Dr. Fred Brock, of Brock String fame, with whom he went into practice early in his career. Not having known Brock myself, but being a huge fan of his deceptively simplistic creativity, I have a feeling SJ is would have found him to be a kindred spirit.
Given that Squinty has stumbled onto Dr. Greenwald’s book, why stop there? I can’t wait to see what SJ has in store when he discovers the handiwork of Dr. Don Getz in his OEP monograph on Strabismus and Amblyopia. And I anticipate that SJ’s juices will really flow when he gets a hold of the companion volume by Lora McGraw, the therapist extraordinaire who worked alongside Dr. Getz and Dr. Gary Etting.
Let the blogging continue!
-Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO