At COVD 2019 in Kansas City, Dr. Robert Lederman, FCOVD educated attendees on the finer points of effective communication. In the real-world application of those techniques, Dr. Lederman has been busy working to make vision therapy visible by enlightening interdisciplinary audiences throughout Israel.

In May, Dr. Lederman reprised his annual lecture at the Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities. He later spoke to Dr. Michal Begin and team at a Jerusalem child development center, highlighting the reciprocal relationship between vision and child development.

Last month, Dr. Lederman outlined the visual aspects of dyslexia to the ophthalmology department at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center. Department head Professor David Zadok, who has collaborated with Lederman, once asked: what was his opinion on the common narrative that ophthalmologists and developmental optometrists don’t get along?

Lederman’s answer:

Because the residents learn ophthalmology from good people like yourself, and then hear about developmental optometry only after they have completed their formal studies. The residents conclude one of two things: either, ‘What I learned was inadequate,’ or ‘Developmental optometry is nonsense.’ Which would you choose?

More often than not, these newly-graduated doctors are reluctant to disparage their years of study and thus conclude the latter. Dr. Lederman continues, “That’s why it is so important for us to lecture to residents. It makes all the difference down the line.”

A fortnight later, Dr. Lederman returned to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center and spoke to the neurology department about visual rehabilitation for people with ABI. “The lecture was very well-received and should lead to further collaboration,” Lederman states.

Most recently, Dr. Lederman spoke as part of an initiative that aims to raise Ministry of Education concern for the prevalence and impact of learning-related vision problems. He described how individual classroom environments can have an impact on learning, as illustrated by research on lighting, glare, wall color, visual over- and under-stimulation, and more.

Thanks to Dr. Lederman for reaching out to others about developmental vision care!