OD Talks Featuring Sue Barry, Ph.D.


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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.

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Sue dazzled the crowd with the patient-friendly explanation of common binocular visual direction using the hole-in-hand demonstration.

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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.

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2 thoughts on “OD Talks Featuring Sue Barry, Ph.D.

  1. Bob and I (along with some other ODs) had the opportunity to spend some vacation time with Sue. Every day, at least once a day, without fail she would take out her Brock String and work with it. I remember Dr. Kraskin saying something to the effect that one never knows which VT procedure might be “the one” that helped a person alter their vision in a profound manner. There is no “magic” within the procedure itself, but only in how the person is able to use what is available within that procedure. Working on the Brock String is creating this meaningful experience for Sue

  2. You’re so right, Linda. Sue mentioned that the first time she did the Brock String procedure in Dr. Theresa Ruggiero’s office, and was able to direct where her eyes where looking and positioning, the therapist said they were going to go on to the next procedure and she said: “Wait, no! This is the first time I’ve really had a sense of control of my eyes” – and she wanted to indulge in that experience more and not leave it. Very powerful stuff, and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dr. Ruggiero yesterday and we reminded each other of how courageous Sue is to share herself and her experiences in such an open and public manner. We have all been blessed, on many levels, to have someone of her caliber in our lives.

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