On November 12, 2010, 19 Residents from the State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry visited The Vision & Learning Center at Family Eyecare Associates, P.C., in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, to participate in a day long seminar on Amblyopia as a Window to Neuroplasticity in the Visual System:
The Residents from the SUNY system represent not just Pediatrics, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, but include Ocular Disease, Cornea and Contact Lenses. Their placement ranges from Institutional Practice to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital System. As you’ll note in the PowerPoint, the emphasis is on the application of research in amblyopia to clinical practice. Amblyopia is now viewed as a developmental disorder of spatial vision that has implications for neuroplasticity of the visual system through the lifespan. The topic therefore cuts across all lines, and serves as a way of maintaining a broad view of the visual system with opportunities to apply the full range of optometric knowledge.
This year, the first in which I am serving as a site supervisor for the Private Practice Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation under the auspices of the Southern College of Optometry, gives the seminar which I’ll be conducting with the assistance of our Resident, Michelle Brennan, O.D., added significance.
I hope you find the PowerPoint to be a useful educational reference.
Leonard J. Press, O.D, FCOVD, FAAO