Saturday, May 31, 2008
Leonard J. Press, O.D.
The scientific basis for, and efficacy of, optometric vision therapy (VT) has previously been well established. 1. Despite this, professionals outside of optometry have been slow to acknowledge the benefits of VT.
Comments: Read this excellent essay by my colleague Dr. Len Press. (BTW Dr. Press was the very first Dr. & Mrs. Dominick M.Maino Visiting Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute. DM
...As nearly one-third of America's preschoolers fall through the cracks of vision screenings, the American Optometric Association (AOA) says that change is essential. Calling for a policy of "zero tolerance," the AOA recently responded to alarming results from Phase 2 of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Vision in Preschoolers study, meant to identify whether vision screenings can accurately identify preschool-aged children who would benefit from a comprehensive vision exam.
According to the NIH research, neither trained nurses nor trained lay people in the study using the best screening tests possible were able to identify nearly one-third of even the most prevalent vision disorders in children. Disorders such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye misalignment), and refractive errors (poor vision that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses) were missed during the study's screening process....
David B. Brushwood, RPh, JD
Professor of Pharmacy Healthcare Administration University of Florida
College of Pharmacy Gainesville, Florida
Although meant for pharmacists, ODs should probably review this as well.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
1. List the threats to quality that exist in pharmacy practice
2. Describe effective strategies to reduce error in prescription dispensing
3. Discuss steps that can be taken to assure patients receive adequate warnings of drug use risks
4. Describe the legal requirements for generic substitution
Lawrence D. Gelb, MD Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO
Michael D. Hogue, PharmD Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Samford University Birmingham, AL
Myron J. Levin, MD Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver, CO
The purpose of this monograph is to provide an overview of herpes zoster, one of the most common and debilitating illnesses of aging, and postherpetic neuralgia, a painful and debilitating complication of herpes zoster.
We often recommend supplements for our patients....this course gives you scientific evidence to how to do this for Omega 3 fatty acids... DM
Frank A. Lopez, MD
Neuro-Developmental Pediatrician Director Children's Developmental Center
Judith A. Vessey, PhD, MBA, FAAN
Lelia Holden Carroll Professor in Nursing William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College
Bruce I. Gaynes, OD, PharmD, Assistant Professor Department of Ophthalmology and Pharmacology
Rush University College of Medicine Chicago, IL
Ron Melton, OD, FAAO , Educators in Primary Eye Care, LLC Concord, NC
Randall Thomas, OD, MPH, FAAO Educators in Primary Eye Care, LLC Concord, NC
They only seem to have once course for optometrists....but there are others appropriate for us as well. I will be posting some of these soon. DM
Friday, May 30, 2008
Comments: These children typically exhibit many oculo-visual problems as well....both organic and functional in nature...DM
Comments: ...or as Dr. Robert Donati and I suspect for a population of patients who had both developmental disabilities and mental illness...perhaps these patients do not know how to express their discomfort, pain or medication induced vision sympotms....
Abstract Title: Reported Symptomology of Those With Mental Illness and Dual Diagnosis
Author Block: R.J. Donati, D.M. Maino, H. Bartell, M. Kieffer. Basic & Health Sciences, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL.
Anterior segment changes during accommodation in eyes with a monofocal intraocular lens: High-frequency ultrasound study
Comments: Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands! DM
In continuing coverage from previous editions of First Look, Escapist Magazine (5/29) reported that the "Minnesota Optometric Association has issued a statement warning gamers about the risk of computer vision syndrome (CVS), and reminding them to blink." Because "heavy gaming can result in constant eye movement and refocusing," it can strain eye muscles. G. John Lach, O.D., president of the Minnesota Optometric Association, pointed out that "CVS can often be the result, with symptoms including eye irritation, dry eyes, headaches, pain in the eyes or surrounding muscles, squinting, excessive blinking, increased sensitivity to light, and difficulty focusing." Dr. Lach suggested that gamers should "[t]ry to follow the 'ten-ten rule': For every ten minutes of gaming, take a break of ten seconds." But, even "[h]eavy computer use for non-gaming purposes can also result in CVS, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA)," whose "recent study found 82 [that] percent of Americans frequently work at a computer, half of whom reported previous incidents of eyestrain." The AOA recommended use of "[c]omputer glasses and anti-glare screens," as well as "avoiding glare, blinking, and taking regular breaks from video screens."
Increased survival of immature infants seemed to correlate with an increased risk for severe ROP and need for retinal ablation therapy, even if the in
Comments: Have your premature infant evaluated often. Take advantage of the AOAs InfantSee program. Do it! DM
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Alzheimer disease. Findings were clearest for ibuprofen....
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
In continuing coverage from previous editions of First Look, HealthDay (5/25, Preidt) reported that "[o]verexposure to the sun's" ultraviolet (UV) "rays has been linked to a number of eye problems, such as age-related cataracts, pterygium, photokeratitis, and corneal degenerative changes, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA)." These eye "conditions can cause blurred vision, irritation, redness, tearing, temporary vision loss, and, in some cases, blindness." Gregory Good, O.D., Ph.D., a member of the AOA's commission on ophthalmic standards, pointed out, "Just as skin is 'burned' by UV radiation, the eye can also suffer damage." Dr. Good explained that "eyes need protection," such as "wearing a brimmed hat, and using eyewear that properly absorbs UV radiation." In particular, "[c]hildren and teens are...susceptible to sun-related eye damage, because they typically spend more time outdoors than adults, and the lenses of their eyes are more transparent than those of adults, which means that more harmful light can reach the retina." Therefore, the AOA recommends that everyone "[w]ear protective eyewear any time" the "eyes are exposed to UV radiation, even on cloudy days and during the winter."
Dr. Anick Bérard and her team found that antidepressants have no effect on foetal development. “This is the first study to investigate the impact of antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy in mothers with psychiatric disorders,” she said. “In terms of birth malformations in this population, we found no difference between women who used antidepressants and those who did not use antidepressants during their first trimester.”
The research team used data from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry, established by their group, to analyze the records of 2,329 new mothers diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and treated with antidepressants for at least 30 days before pregnancy. Also included in the registry were women who delivered liveborn and stillborn children, while birth defects were considered anything from facial malformations to heart anomalies.
“The duration of antidepressant use in the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of birth malformations,” explained Dr. Bérard. “We hope these findings help clinicians and women decide whether to continue antidepressant therapy during pregnancy.”...
Sunday, May 25, 2008
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