I ended the previous blog piece with a cryptic note that Marjie Thompson is smiling from heaven today, and I should explain. Marjie was a visionary who started the group known as PAVE – Parents Active for Vision Education. She left us too soon, in the year 2005 at the age of 66, and her obituary in the San Diego Tribune gives you some insight into who she was, and what she envisioned.
Marjie and I used to butt heads a bit, both of us coming from sincere passion about spreading credible information regarding VT, but having differing opinions on the best way to go about it. Ultimately we agreed to disagree, and I respected her dedication and determination. I was a paying supporter of PAVE and had all their educational materials which were superbly done. To be sure, PAVE was having an impact, and the emergence of the Internet was poised to broaden its message. There were good intentions of keeping PAVE’s mission alive, but it was challenging. The old models relied on trying to establish local chapters, and it was a struggle to get people to commit the times involved in communication.
With the explosion of social media such employed by optometric practices, organizations such as COVD and OEP, and key individuals such as Dr. Maino Dr. Bonilla-Warford, Toni Bristol, Ruth Villeneuve and many others, and the blogging by Stereo Sue, Strabby, Flatland, Squinty Josh and those who will follow in their path, we are now on the verge of the type of breakthrough that Marjie and I agreed would be ideal. As the expression goes, this information explosion is like PAVE “on steroids”.