The College of Optometrists in Vision Development has made a concerted effort to get the word out about binocular vision dysfunction and optometric vision therapy. Not only has the public responded in a most favorable fashion, but organizations such as the American Optometric Association have also been supportive of helping its members to diagnosis and manage these disorders as well.

COVD Fellow and editor of COVD’s journal, Optometry & Vision Development, was recently featured in the AOANews and the new “I Want my AOATV” ….AOA TV website.

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MED, FAAO, FCOVD-A said that: “The AOA was kind enough to use some of my activities to highlight the need for comprehensive eye examinatons that include the assessment of the binocular vision system. The story quoted me saying….”Any where from 3 million to 9 million or more individuals will have binocular vision dysfunction that will stop them from enjoying 3-D movies,”…. “Watching 3-D movies can unmask issues such as lazy eye or convergence insufficiency…Dr. Maino stressed that optometric vision therapy can help with these problems and that it’s quite effective even for adults. The goal is to improve eye coordination, focusing and eye movement to help with the appreciation of the 3-D experience,” …..“We need to re-educate the brain to achieve single, clear, comfortable, two-eyed vision so that everyone can appreciate these new technologies.” They noted that I also pointed out that the human organism was not designed to act in a virtual 3-D environment. This can cause a cognitive dissonance in which what someone knows to be true (the image is at the distance of the movie screen) and sees to be true (the distance they actually perceive the image to be) are in conflict.

The article also suggested that patients not only contact the AOA and consult Dr. Maino’s blog (Mainos Memos), but to also go to the COVD website for additional information and to find doctors who can help.