The Court of Public Opinion

We’ve made the point many times that research is always welcome in a field, but when dealing primarily with behavioral and developmental issues, it is often the court of public opinion that determines what kind of care children receive.  We are non-conformists by nature. At one point in my career I was concerned about lots of variables that I couldn’t control.  While it’s ingrained in me to help spread factual information about vision therapy, ultimately there will be those who have their own agenda and who I will  not influence.  My main interest now resides in the court of public opinion, such as the mothers who meet for coffee at Starbucks in the morning after the kids are off to school.  A big smile snuck across my face as I was sipping my cup in the corner this morning, overhearing several moms talking about issues they were having with child development.  They weren’t dwelling on what research showed; they were dwelling on a mothers’ sixth sense.

Awhile back I authored the following Clinical Pearl in a textbookA vision therapy patient who is pleased with the outcome of his treatment is an anecdote.  A small group of satisfied and contented patients is a trend.  An aggregate of patients who have been helped through vision therapy is a successful practice.  It is no less true today than it was 15 years ago when I first wrote it.

– Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO


3 thoughts on “The Court of Public Opinion

  1. I have your book, and it’s excellent.

    Re: Vision in schools (and by implication, VT to remedy visual dysfunction), I have now adopted what I feel is the correct stance for my practice – Assessing and addressing visual concerns early is not an option, it’s a matter of basic human rights. To deny these to a child amounts to willful neglect. Any other position is a matter of a lack of education on relevant issues.

    This position is from my life as a scientist, teacher, and developmental OD. It is not a matter of opinion, but of fact – many children continue to suffer and struggle in the classroom BECAUSE of vision dysfunction and that alone. There are other comorbidities possible, but these do not change the basic facts re: visual dysfunction. It has become fashionable in some circles to ridicule VT and the role of vision in reading/learning, but fashion has two fundamental flaws: No science, no permanence.

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