Are Visual Problems Left Untreated in Hispanic Rural America?


I have given voice to the unrecognized and unmet need for vision therapy services in minority populations.  Since learning recently through our colleague Dr. Lynn Hellerstein of a phenomenal essay on the subject by Veronica Garcia, a talented young writer who covers Hispanic-American affairs, I’ve mulled over the ideal way to introduce it to you once we received Veronica’s permission to share it.

I’ve decided that the best way is to simply say:  read it slowly at a time when you can savor it.  Voices like Veronica’s, non-optometrists who champion the role of vision in achieving one’s full potential, must be widely disseminated.  Be sure to share the following piece far and wide in as many policy and social media circles as you can.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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6 Responses to Are Visual Problems Left Untreated in Hispanic Rural America?

  1. vtmem says:

    Practicing in South Florida for many years has provided me with the pleasure of helping many children and adults of Latin American homes with VT. It required relearning my college Spanish and provided wonderful relationships in the Latin community.

    As president of the Dade County Optometric Association I encouraged many Spanish speaking immigrant Optometrists to participate in leadership of organized Optometry. As a result, Optometryis is the only profession in South Florida that has no separate Latin association. We helped them with licensure and they helped us with examining patient who spoke only Spanish.

  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing those experiences, Michael.

  3. vtmem says:

    How can that article be shared on Facebook?

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