Some might find this image disturbing. Others might appreciate it as a work of art. What is the symbolism here? It’s from the web magazine artnet.com by picture post card artist, Scott Roberts, entitled “Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic” and was on display at a gallery in Chicago in 2003. Louis Emile Javal was a French ophthalmologist who once referred to eye muscle surgery as Le Massacres du Muscles Oculaire as compared to therapy procedures, which is the phrase that came to mind when I stumbled across this picture.
The association occurred to me this evening when a colleague emailed about the case of a teenage patient who had post-surgical intermittent exotropia. His mother took him back to the surgeon, expressing concern about his continued drift. When she inquired about doing vision therapy he told her that it would be “a waste of time and money”. All he offered in the form of treatment was another surgery.