The Lollipop Doesn’t Work; Vision Therapy Does


The Beatles, in their Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album, posed the question:  “Will You Still Need Me When I’m Sixty-Four”?

The answer to the question, as applied to Kenneth Ciuffreda, O.D., Ph.D., is a resounding YES!  In this sparkling interview, Ken rightfully boasts of having reached the ripe age of 64, and reflects on a stellar research career in applied optometric clinical science.  I had the pleasure of working together with Ken as my Department Chair when I lectured as a faculty member at SUNY, and am immensely proud to have him as a colleague who still contributes activley to the profession with no end in sight (or in vision, for that matter).

Skillfully conducted by one of his students at SUNY, Antonio Chirumbolo for Optometrystudents.com, the interview is not only a great heritage piece for the profession, but teems with insights from Dr. Ciuffreda that are characteristically candid, cogent, timely, and to the point.  It should be mandatory viewing for all students, faculty, and opinon shapers in our profession.

– Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

2 thoughts on “The Lollipop Doesn’t Work; Vision Therapy Does

  1. Ken had alerted me about the interview, and Len, I agree that it was excellent. Like wine, Ken gets better with age. He’s one of the most productive ODs in the profession in terms of his basic and clinically related research and contributions to the literature. He is the leading OD, PhD who has created a bridge between research and clinical care and he makes constant trips between the two places. I too am proud and privileged to have him as a colleague and friend.

  2. Agreed! What an incredible resource and role model he has been. Of course, I would never have been exposed to the environment that we enjoyed were it not for my innocent visit to SUNY in 1981 and an invitation by Dr. Irwin Suchoff to interview for Chief of the VT Service at the College. 😉

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