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    Top 10 vision therapy books

    My favorites offer something for everyone at every level


    8. Optometric Management of Nearpoint Disorders

    Martin H. Birnbaum, OD

    Originally published in 1993; current reprint published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation


    I first read this book a year or so after I graduated from optometry school. I hated it. I must have read the first few pages at least a dozen times and got so frustrated that I put it back on the shelf for three to four years.

    When I was starting my journey to become a Fellow of COVD, it was suggested by my mentor that I read this book. I hesitantly took it back off the shelf and consequently devoured it; I consider it my bible in the power of lenses and prescribing. I have highlights and underlines throughout my copy. As I now realize, each sentence is crucial and says more than most entire articles.

    Topics covered include models of nearpoint stress, a behavioral approach to case analysis and prescribing, testing for visual skills and abilities, and vision therapy.

    Looking back, I realize that I was not ready for this material just out of optometry school. I am happy to now say that it is a must-read for students, faculty of optometry schools, and all practicing optometrists because it gives a different approach than currently taught and might make you stop and think before prescribing your next pair of glasses. 

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