Albert Einstein famously said “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” As I delve deeper into the world of developmental vision therapy and visual rehabilitation, I find myself thinking this quite frequently. I experienced this feeling most recently after attending the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) annual meeting last week. NORA is a group focused on advancing the art and science of rehabilitation for the neurologically challenged patient. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation can be challenging, as many of these patients have suffered and are recovering from a brain injury. In the past I have attended NORA meetings as an exhibitor for Nu Squared, but this year I also attended the education courses. The courses were presented by a variety of individuals, including a great presentation by Cavin Balaster, a traumatic brain injury survivor. The courses provided a wealth of information that was both inspiring and motivating.
I was also impressed by the inter-professional collaboration between the attendees, including optometrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors, to name a few. What better way is there to improve a patient’s outcome than for professionals with different areas of expertise to interact and share ideas about each patient’s care?
I am excited to apply what I learned at the conference with our patients. And I’m putting a different spin on Einstein’s quote—the more I realize how much I don’t know, the more I want to learn.