We’re here in Boston for the annual meeting of the American, and so pleased with the topic of this afternoon’s program: Through a Patient’s Eyes: “See what all the hype is about as last year’s popular OD Talks – inspired by the well-known TED Talks – returns. This year three special presentations will focus on vision therapy to reorganize the brain, brain plasticity, and sight through echolocation. Featured speakers include Sue Barry, Ph.D., author of Fixing My Gaze; A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions; Clark Elliott, Ph.D., author of The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back; and Daniel Kish a blind man who learned to “see” using a form of echolocation.” The talks were a celebration of the therapies possible by harnessing adult neuroplasticity.
The program did not disappoint – all of the talks were a celebration of the therapies possible through harnessing adult neuroplasticity. Sue’s talk was particularly inspiring! Owing to input from our colleague Dr. Jason Clopton on the CE Committee, and appropriate to the forthcoming year of incoming AOA President and colleague Dr. Andrea Thau, Sue’s important message was heard on the biggest optometric stage yet. She did a masterful job showing how patients with strabismus, even with surgically aligned eyes but impoverished binocular vision, have functional difficulties with crucial tasks as basic as reading.
Sue dazzled the crowd with the patient-friendly explanation of common binocular visual direction using the hole-in-hand demonstration.
And with all the high tech computer and virtual reality therapeutic techniques having entered the vision therapy marketplace, Sue was able to vividly explain why the Brock String was still her most delightful vision therapy procedure.