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Originally posted on May 7th, 2012

I started wearing glasses for nearsightedness at around the age of eight. I was also considered a behavior problem throughout my school career, starting in kindergarten. I would likely have been put on Ritalin or some similarly purposed medication if they had been as fashionable back then as they are today. I was not fond of reading, I didn’t like school, and I was overactive, disruptive and often exasperating to my teachers.  My report cards always included comments to the effect of, “Steven is not working up to his potential.” I did manage to make it all the way through high school and one year of college achieving decent grades expending as little effort as possible.

I saw no reason to begin my second year of college at the “appropriate” time. So, after a ten year sabbatical from school I decided to become an optometrist.  Just like that. Even though this meant completing almost three years of college before a four year program in a college of optometry. 

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Welcome to Dr. Gallop's New Blog

Originally posted on April 12th, 2012

The primary purpose of the visual process is to direct action.

The visual process is pervasive in human behavior.

Hello and welcome to my blog. I will periodically post new material that I hope will be informative and helpful to those interested in Behavioral Optometry, Vision Therapy, Myopia Reduction, Strabismus, Lazy Eye or Eye Muscle Surgery. My work as a behavioral optometrist also enables me to help people with their visual conditions related to Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum behaviors (including ADD, ADHD, etc.). I also work with people who have visual issues related to conditions like Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury.  I also provide vision enhancement training to athletes of all ages and all levels.  You probably already know that I am a Developmental/Behavioral Optometrist and you may even have some idea what that means. Every person who comes to my office offers me a new adventure, since I have more of a specialty practice.  I mostly see people based on referrals.  This means almost everyone I see has already attempted to relieve their complaints with one or more other doctors, to no avail.

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