Saturday, March 15, 2008
Comment: It is my personal opinion that we probably have enough schools/colleges of optometry to meet the needs of the American people. As a faculty member at an existing school/college of optometry, it is going to be interesting to see how these new schools can attract qualified faculty. Many of the existing schools have to work very hard to hire only the very best. DM
Friday, March 14, 2008
Comment: Those of us who do therapy know the importance of not only diagnosis but also therapy. Diagnosis, oftentimes, is easier than therapy. Therapy requires committment, compliance, and an incredible understanding of the disease or functional anomaly that is being treated by both the patient and the doctor. DM
Comment: Young children should be examined at 6-12 months of age...and yearly after that. DM
Res Nurs Health. 2007 Dec;30(6):641-54.
.... Motor problems continue to affect preterm children at age 4, .... despite a decade of neonatal intensive care advancements.
Comment: If you have a preterm child, you should have a functional optometrist evaluate fine motor, visual motor, visual motor integration and related areas. These may benefit from optometric vision therapy. DM
Many Americans are unaware of the warning signs of eye diseases that could blind them if not detected and treated soon enough, a new survey shows.
Comment: While this Healthday.com article primarily talks about eye health issues, it should be pointed out that Americans also need to be educated about learning related vision problems, visually efficiency anomalies, and vision information processing abnormalities that, if left untreated, could have devastating effects on academics, sports participation, self-esteem and other areas....especially for children. The educated patient benefits most from the eye and vision care given at Northwest Optometric Associates. If you want to know something...or just ask a question, please ask us! DM
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Comment: Have your child vaccinated. Polio is a horrible disease that could once again occur in the US if you do not protect your children. The governement should not have to put parents into jail to protect a child's health. DM
Eli Stone’s pilot failed to present mountains of evidence exonerating thimerosal
ABC gets a “D” or, more accurately, an “F,” for the failure of their writers to do their homework.
In the network’s show, Eli Stone, the “successful attorney’s” recovery of damages for his plaintiff in a lawsuit that claimed that a made-up mercury-based preservative in a vaccine was to blame for his client’s autism was irresponsible. Although the show includes statements that science has refuted any link between autism and vaccines, the episode’s conclusion delivers a contrary impression.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Comment: Patching for 2hrs per/day with active vision therapy improves amblyopia....with less hours of patching required. DM
Comment: The brain remains "plastic" (changeable) well into our adult years. We can use optometric vision therapy to help those with stroke and other forms of acquired brain injury. Go to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association websites for more information. DM
Comment: The American Optometric Association recommends the child's first eye examination to occur between 6-12months of age. If we can examine children as an infant, toddler or pre-school child...we could eliminate amblyopia!! Check out the InfantSee program today! DM
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Forum is a unique conference which includes one day of binocular vision and pediatrics education for eye care professionals and a multi-disciplinary day which provides timely information on assessing and managing children with learning problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
The 2008 Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Forum will be held April 17-18 in Columbus, Ohio. Insights will be shared from the perspectives of optometry, education, psychology, audiology, speech/language, and occupational therapy. This year’s program will include the following:
- April 17
- Infant eye exams (Dr. Don Lyon)
- Evaluation of Children with Special Needs (Dr. Don Lyon)
- Vision Therapy for Non-strabismic Binocular Vision Disorders (Dr. Don Lyon)
- Strabismus (Dr. Don Lyon)
- April 18
- Educational Implications of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children (Dr. Keith Owen Yeates)
- Common Vision Disorders in the School Population (Dr. Don Lyon)
- Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Dr. Jane Case- Smith)
- Why Telling Children Doesn't Work ...(When Words Get in the Way) (Dr. Yvonne Gustafson)
- Teaching at Point of Difficulty (Dr. Lea McGee)
- Auditory Processing and Learning Deficits: Hearing’s Piece of the Puzzle (Ursula M. Goss)
More information about this conference is available on our website at http://optometry.osu.edu/BVPF.
We hope to see you there!Dr. Marjean Taylor Kulp
The Ohio State University
College of Optometry
338 W. 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Comment: Also search "computer vision syndrome". DM
Comment:Always have a complete dry eye work-up (and binocular vision evaluation) before refractive surgery. DM
The psychosocial aspects of strabismus in teenagers and adults and the impact of surgical correction
Comment: Non-surgcial intervention, optometric vision therapy, can also postively alter self-confidence and self-esteem.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Comment: It is sad that these authors do not recognize a third alternative...and that is optometric vision therapy. DM
Comment: Sometimes just smelling something good makes it a much better day! DM
Scientists using a new drug screening method in Drosophila (fruit flies), have identified several drugs and small molecules that reverse the features of fragile X syndrome -- a frequent form of mental retardation and one of the leading known causes of autism. The discovery sets the stage for developing new treatments for fragile X syndrome.