News travelled quickly yesterday, among the vision therapy community, that Harry Wayne had passed away. Harry was 97 years old, and widely recognized for the eponymous Wayne Saccadic Fixator (WSF). Along with his wife Elaine, he exhibited his products every year at the annual meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, ranging from the WSF to the Perceptuomotor/Talking Pen, to the Directional Sequener, and other electronic gadgets galore. He was a real-life Doc Brown with a degree in engineering and a passion for invention.
A couple of years ago, Eyecarrot purchased Wayne Engineering and preserved Harry’s legacy videographically. It seems trite to say, about legends who pass, that they aren’t making them like that any longer. That isn’t a mere platitude in Harry’s case. He was so extraordinary at what he did, and such a unique contributor to the success of many therapy practices, that it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone of his caliber again in our lifetime. He is already dearly missed.