Why VT? – Part 5 – This Is Courage
Imagine for one moment a classroom full of college freshmen with their professor perched in front of the class dictating directions for the final exam. In order to pass his class, the professor explains to the students that they must answer one simple question in essay form. On the board he writes:
What is courage?
One eager-to-leave as soon as possible student, whose sarcasm and wit had both led to wonderful successes and dismal failures wrote – ‘This is.’ – and submitted the paper.
Legend has it said student got an ‘A’.
Like people, courage seems to come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. People who fly to overcome a fear of flying, people swimming after a near drowning experience, and people extending their hand to stranger to help lift them up in a time of turmoil all could be some of the more obvious examples. The more you think about courage, the more we realize it is a relative concept. So let’s be brave for a few minutes – and pretend – that sometimes things aren’t always what they seem.
I would never question a doctor’s medical advice – ever. I have not been to medical school and I do not pretend to know even half of what they know. I do, however, fancy myself pretty strong in the common sense department, and that is where this will focus.
Try this on…
Imagine your car breaks down on the side of the road and there is smoke and steam billowing from under the hood. You have your car towed to a tire shop and the manager there informs you that your car is totaled. He informs you that he knows best and all the guy down road wants is to ‘take your money’. Further, his methods of repair don’t work anyway, so you’re better off to follow my advice and go buy a new car.
It sounds silly, I know. This is the same situation parents come up against when asking outside professions about Vision Therapy, and when removed from vision, the scenario appears a bit ridiculous. Just because you found someone who works on cars, does not make him an expert on engines. Just as you need to speak to some one who specializes in engines in regards to fixing your car, in my world, there are many opinions about what we do, but truly, the Developmental Optometrist is the specialist who knows best what Vision Therapy has to offer. It’s just how it works. Period.
As I wrote when this series started, my goal is not to convince anyone that Vision Therapy will solve all their problems. Instead, I hope to inspire parents to stop, think, ask questions and have the courage to make the best decision for your child. Please don’t be influenced by someone trying to bully you away from the needed decision. There are many wonderful Developmental Optometrists and Vision Therapists in the world who are armed and ready to educate anyone who seems interested in the benefits of Vision Therapy.
In that way, my advice to parents researching Vision Therapy mirrors the encouragement we offer patients in our VT rooms. Be brave, ask questions, take a some risks, learn from your mistakes, take your time, consider all angles, and most importantly once you have all the needed information from the best sources you can find…
Make the best decision for you.