Man, I’m like a kid in a candy shop this morning. On the heels of discovering Strabby’s blog yesterday came word from Lynda Rimke about the heady blog she’s created in the same vein – as a patient currently undergoing optometric vision therapy to address her strabismus.
Lynda adds another dimension to the growing cadre we’ll call optometric sons and daughters who’ve been inspired by Stereo Sue Barry’s book and experiences. Look at the magnificent artwork she incorporates into her blog, such as this self-portrait in binasal occlusion. As much as I was blessed to work with Sue Cohen, a gifted medical illustrator for my textbook that has bearing on strabismus therapy, I feel equally blessed to have discovered Lynda’s gifted artwork and can’t wait to see more! Her anaglyphic depictions show exquisite detail and thought. The evolution of open communication and shared information about vision therapy among patients in the public eye, set in motion by the collaboration between Dr. Theresa Ruggiero and Sue Barry, is unprecedented.
As if that talent pool weren’t enough, Sue clued me in to another blogger inspired by her book, Squinty Josh, squint being the British term for strabismus. Josh is a graduate student working in the ESL field who, like Sue, had three eye muscle surgeries.
As you can see, Josh has exotropia or outward strabismus of his left eye, but he can alternate just as well to fixating with his left eye and letting the right eye take a siesta.
Take a look at Josh’s graphics and you’ll see that he does a magnificent job of portraying what he’s working on each week in vision therapy. This morning I pinched myself in the arm and it hurt, so I knew I wasn’t dreaming. What a delightful sensation it is. Stay tuned to Strabby’s, Flatland’s, and Squinty’s blogs, and you’ll find yourself doing the same. I’m looking forward to this information going viral, and to seeing the bloggers link to each other. Don’t be shy about spreading these magnificent new blogs around within your networks. Marjie Thompson is smiling from heaven today.
– Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO