Famous Neuroscientist Joins Eye Doctors to Offer Advice to Parents

Friday, August 20, 2010 Alternative Medicine News
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In a Special Free Webinar Interview on Thursday, Aug. 26th at 9 pm EDT

AURORA, Ohio, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to a free web interview with Dr. Susan Barry, neuroscientist, professor and author of Fixing My Gaze. Dr. Barry, recently interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air program, is famous for gaining 3D vision as an adult and sharing her experiences in her book, which was just released in paperback.

Although Dr. Barry was cross-eyed since early infancy and had three eye muscle surgeries to straighten her eyes, she had "20/20" vision. This meant that she could see the letters on the eye chart that you are supposed to see from a distance of 20 feet. Everyone assumed that meant she had perfect vision. Yet, when she tried to read, the words appeared to her to move on the page. Thus, she had trouble learning to read and had great difficulty with standardized tests. If it were not for heroic steps taken by her mother to help her learn to read, Dr. Barry would not have succeeded in school and in her career.

It wasn't until Dr. Barry went through a program of optometric vision therapy as an adult that she understood why the words appeared to move on the page when she was in grade school. Even though her eyes looked straight, she had a binocular vision problem. Her eyes were not aligned properly, which means they didn't point at the same letters on the page the way they are supposed to when she tried to read.

As students are going back to school across the U.S. the stakes are higher than ever. Standardized tests determine not only the students' achievement, but the teachers' and the schools'. Everyone is being graded. Yet, we are still using an archaic system to measure how well children see and telling them that their vision is fine. The standard school vision screening - reading a letter chart positioned 20 feet away with one eye at a time - does not examine how well a child can read at close range using the two eyes together.

It is Dr. Barry's hope that by writing her book and sharing her story she can help millions of children. Attend this FREE webinar to find out what you can do to ensure your child has all the visual skills required for academic success.

In honor of August being National Children's Vision and Learning month, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development is sponsoring this FREE 30 minute interview with Dr. Barry on line, "School Crossings: A Neurobiologist's View of How Our System Fails Children With Vision Problems." This meeting is open to parents and educators across the U.S. as well as the media. It will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9 pm, EDT.

Seating is limited to the first 1,000 people to respond. To register for this free event, go to: www.joinawebinar.com and enter the webinar ID number, which is 547-423-251, your email address, etc. Just follow the instructions from there.

About COVD

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy and COVD, please visit www.covd.org or call 888.268.3770.

CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE COVD Executive Director Telephone: 888.268.3770 Email: phapp@covd.org Website: www.covd.org

SOURCE College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)

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