Prepare to join us for a spirited discussion on Nearsightedness v. Myopia by Dr Steve Gallop
Challenge: a thought experiment. We will discuss the idea that myopia is a style of thinking and behavior, while nearsightedness is more specifically a refractive state that requires some sort of intervention in order to restore, or somehow provide standard distance acuity.
Challenge: a thought experiment. We will discuss the idea that myopia is a style of thinking and behavior, while nearsightedness is more specifically a refractive state that requires some sort of intervention in order to restore, or somehow provide standard distance acuity. The management and control of nearsightedness has attained a much higher profile, and engendered a number of different therapies over the past decade, but the thinking behind these treatments leaves much to be desired in the context of the visual process and the behavioral philosophy within optometry. Hopefully, a lively dialogue will ensue.
Steve Gallop, OD has had extensive experience with vision therapy, first as an adult patient, then a vision therapist and now as an optometrist/therapist. His published titles include “Compensating & Therapeutic Lenses: Passive vs. Dynamic Prescribing” and “Reconfiguring Lens Power for Improved Function.” Dr. Gallop graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1989, and received his Fellow from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 1993. He speaks to optometric and non-optometric audiences and was the 2014 and 2015 Keynote speaker at the European Kraskin Invitational Skeffington Symposium on Vision in Denmark, where he presented several papers, including “Adventures In Lenses: Astigmatism…with a Twist” and “The Importance of Posture and Movement in Visual Development.” Dr. Gallop’s book, Looking Differently at Nearsightedness and Myopia: The Visual Process and The Myth of 20/20 was published in 2001; A Parent Guide to Strabismus, Eye Muscle Surgery and Vision Therapy was published in 2014.
Dr. Gallop maintains a private practice near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania focusing on visual development and a creative approach to prescribing lenses for people of all ages. Dr. Gallop provides vision therapy for children with learning, developmental and neurological difficulties. He also works extensively with myopia progression, visual disturbances related to post-concussion syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.