WHAT IS SIODEC?
Founded in 2008, we are the International Society of Developmental and Behavioural Optometry, a non-profit making association made up of optometrists who work in accordance with the Behavioural philosophy dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of visual problems in children and adults and their relationship with the daily activities they perform.
I am grateful, and thankful, for my job as a vision therapist because it has taught me how to be a good listener and to communicate better with others
Interview with Michelle Mott, COVT What drove you to the world of behavioral optometry? I was introduced to vision therapy when my son couldn’t read. I was impressed and amazed how vision therapy helped him. Vision therapy changed his life and increased his self confidence. Eleven years after my son finished vision therapy, I found out Dr. Torgerson was hiring vision therapists so I applied for the job. I wanted to help others find success in life skills and academics by improving their vision skills. When did you discover that you wanted to be a vision therapist? I knew I wanted to be a vision therapist when my son was in vision therapy. Through my son’s experience, I learned that vision can keep a person from showing their true potential. This causes a person to lose their self confidence and they can become depressed and have anxiety. I wanted to be a vision therapist so I could help people improve their vision so they could reach any goal they wanted. Helping people improve their vision skills enables them to be successful in life. I love to see people succeed so I knew being a vision therapist was the best job […]
Words are powerful. The words we choose can harm, and they can heal
Interview with Linda Sanet, COVT For all those who don’t know you yet, what drove you to Optometry? Originally I was accepted into a program that would lead to a PhD in Philosophy, and that is what I thought I was going to do. Bob had been in a serious auto accident and had a brain injury and double vision because of it. When I saw how much he was improving from Vision Therapy I decided that I wanted to look into it. I went to work as a volunteer in an office that offered Vision Therapy. At first I just did office jobs — making copies, doing errands. But after a while they asked me if I would like to learn about VT and become a Vision Therapist. I decided to give it a try, and as we say in English, “the rest is history.” What impact has this discipline had on your daily life? After the Optometrist does the initial evaluation, I am the one who is actually delivering the Vision Therapy. Knowing that — if I do my job well — I can make a positive influence on a patient’s life and future is a joy and a privilege. What […]
We don’t all have to enjoy the same thing but we need to support each other and not be afraid to collaborate with each other and learn from each other
Interview with Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD For all those who don’t know you yet, what drove you to Optometry? I was interested in medicine in high school. The summer before my sophomore year in college, I worked for a husband and wife team at an optometric practice in downtown Seattle. Doctor Bonnie Beals Hall told me that if she had to do it again, she would have gone into vision and learning. Vision and learning, what was that? That one statement changed the course of my career. How could vision and learning be intriguing at the end of someone’s career? Dr. B was ready to retire, and she wished that she had gone into this part of optometry. From that statement, I searched for what vision and learning was all about. I attended Pacific university College of Optometry and grew passionate about vision and vision therapy because of the changes in the lives of patients and my own life. What has been your experience during the course of your career as a professional optometrist? I worked in two different practices doing visión Therapy right out of Optometry School and then started my own practice. I was the receptionist, visión therapist […]