Friday, July 17, 2009

How to Find a Vision Therapist

I often get emails from people looking for a vision therapist in their area. 
On the College of Optometrists in Vision Development/COVD website, there is a "Locate a Doctor" tool.  You can search by zip code (see box on left side of page) or by city and/or state, you must first select a country.  COVD is the certifying body for doctors in the optometric specialty called Behavioral/Developmental Rehabilitative Optometry. It is important that you like your vision therapist, as this will hopefully be a long relationship, so like any doctor, pick someone you feel comfortable with.  
Good-luck and work hard!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Vision Updates

Sue Barry's book Fixing My Gaze is out and it is magnificent! It is a beautifully written account of how Sue learned to see in 3D.  I highly recommend it. Some of my own experiences of when I first saw in 3D are quoted in the book and I am proud to be a part of this amazing story.  This book is a treasure, to those who have lived in a flat world visually or have had other vision problems, or anyone ever wondering what it is like not to see in 3D. Sue forged the path, learning to see using both of her eyes at the same time despite a doctor telling her that nothing was wrong. She has been a great inspiration to me and without her I would never have known that I could change my vision. Thank you Sue!

Back in April of this year I was interviewed by a vision therapist named Nathan Bonilla-Warford, O.D., F.A.A.O.  Nathan is down in Tampa, FL and owner of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care.  He has a blog which you can check out called - Bright Eyes News where you will find a lot of useful info about vision therapy.

Also in April, I received a nice note of encouragement from Dominick M. Maino, OD, MED, FAAO, FCOVD-A. His blog,  Maino's Memos is full of fascinating information on vision and the brain. He is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and the editor of Optometry and Vision Development.