Please join Dr. Frank Thorn, New England College of Optometry, as he presents, “First Sight. How quickly can a child blinded by congenital dense bilateral cataracts learn to perform visual tasks after cataract removal?” The lecture will take place on March 27, 2018 as part of the Research Lecture Series in Lecture Hall 2. All are welcome to attend. One hour of Mass CE will be awarded. You are invited to join us for a light reception in Conference Room 1 following the lecture.
ABSTRACT: We will focus on a 44-month-old Tibetan girl who is videoed during the first 60 minutes after post-surgical patches are removed from her eyes. She is encouraged to fixate on, visually track, and reach for objects. Within 30 minutes she does all these things well even though previous studies have said it takes days to accomplish them. In the following days, we watch her progress in recognizing objects visually, tactually, and visually recognizing objects only previously held in her hand. Other apparently simple tasks take months or years to master.