Dr. Glen (Bubba) Steele’s seminar “The Importance of Vision in Overall Development” was exceptionally well received at the office of Dr. Patricia Fink’s in Burlington, Ontario. There were 26 optometrists in attendance from all over the province, most that are practising in-office vision therapy and a few that are passionate about infant vision (and had their minds expanded by the seminar, partly from the discussions with the VTODs and lecturer).
Dr. Steele was excellent in explaining how to appreciate the retinoscopy reflex and to show us how to look for more than with or against motion. To be able to appreciate when a patient can attend by the colour of the reflex at near and to compare this reflex between the two eyes...well, Jennifer Braniff (Vision Therapist) had the best quote with “I want one of those (spot retinoscopes) in the VT room.” Being able to perform accommodative facility testing while observing the reflex was astounding...to see the lead or lag of accommodation and to really “see” when the patient achieved “neutrality” and to “know” they were accommodating accurately and the response was objectively accurate...WOW.
The participation by all attendees was excellent. We all learn so much more when we discuss and divulge information amongst ourselves. Those optometrists not currently involved in vision therapy are now looking to gain more education in this area; their questions were fantastic.
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Special thanks to Kelin Kushin for taking part in the lectures and offering support for the new study group.