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 textbook: A 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