Squinty Josh or Stutterin’ John: What’s in a Name?

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

10 thoughts on “Squinty Josh or Stutterin’ John: What’s in a Name?

  1. Hi Dr. Press,
    Actually I just borrowed both of those books (“Stabismus and Amblyopia” and “Guiding Strabismus Therapy”) from my vision therapist on Friday, and have been reading them all weekend! They are both really great. Have you seen the “beak” that patients can wear on their glasses, so as to have a hands free physical diplopia monitor? It’s genius.

    Anyway, thanks for the mention. I’ll keep trying to come up with good ideas!


    • Excellent, Josh. I suspected you’d enjoy those books because they include alot of home made approaches that can be very useful tools. It’s my pleasure to be able to cite what you’re working on, and you’ll be an inspiration to many! Question for you: aside from blogging and informal networking, such as you, Sally and Lynda have going – do you see a place for Facebook or similar social media in connecting at a broader level?

      • I got in touch with Lynda and Sally on Stereo Sue’s Facebook page, under the “discussions” tab. It’s only has 20 or so posts on it, written by a handful of people (like Sally and Lynda.) There was even a discussion of making some sort of website or discussion board for people with strabismus in vision therapy to connect. I don’t know if anything ever happened with it though, but some creative names were floated, like “Strabismusphere.” It would be nice if it ever became a reality!

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  3. Hi Dr. Press, Sally just messaged me on Facebook to call attention to your question about social networking (social networking at work here!)

    I have been in touch with Nathan Bonilla-Warford via Facebook and email, and feel that Sovoto is well-equipped from a technical standpoint for a networking experience similar to Facebook’s. No need to reinvent the wheel.

    I asked Nathan to discuss with other doctors some protocol for adult patients who have joined or wish to join Sovoto, to guide and encourage positive interaction in a setting where other doctors might interact with other patients.

    Please let Nathan know you are interested in expanding networking. You’ve certainly got a good thing going here, in the comment section and with this blog! (I’m adding these books to my Amazon wish list 😉

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  5. I’ve really enjoyed some blog posts of Josh as well. I’m pursuing VT as well in Belgium. I tried to find that particular book from Dr. Greenwald on Amazon but it’s not available right now 😦

    PS: If anyone were to be interested in reading my own blog about my long journey of overcoming double vision: http://livingwithdiplopia.posterous.com. It’s been a hell of a ride but I’m getting (relatively) close. 🙂

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