Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Norsk Selskap for Optometri

For all my Scandinavian readers.....I will be lecturing in Oslo, Norway this Fall. Here's the tentative info:

Norsk Selskap for Optometri

inviterer til Seminar og den 32. Skandinaviske Optometrikongress

31 oktober-2. November 2008


Dette temaet dekker et område som har vært lite påaktet innen vårt fagfelt. Samtidig er det grunn til å anta at synsproblemer, som er vanligere blant personer med spesielle diagnoser enn andre, i mindre grad blir tatt høyde for. Det finnes et utall syndromer som har større eller mindre optometriske og visuelle kjennetegn og problemstillinger. Kan vi nok om disse? Hva skal vi alltid vurdere når vi får inn et barn med Downs, og hvordan forholder vi oss til en person som ikke kan snakke?

Vi er stolte over å kunne presentere 3 meget kapable foredragsholdere:
Prof. Dominick Maino (Illinois/Madrid), redaktør av ”Optometry & Vision Development” og utgiver av ”Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations” (Mosby’s optometric problem-solving series), anerkjent optometrist og foreleser som har viet mye av sin tid til disse problemstillingene.

Prof. Ola Skjeldal (Universitetet i Oslo), barnenevrolog på Rikshospitalet og en av Nordens største kapasiteter på området, i følge sikre kilder også en svært god foreleser!

Øyelege dr. med. Olav H. Haugen (Haukeland, Bergen) trenger neppe noen nærmere presentasjon innenfor våre fagfelt. Denne gangen vil han snakke mest om sin forskning i forhold til Downs syndrom.

Leangkollen hotell og konferansesenter, 1370 Asker v/Oslo


Norsk Selskap for Optometri har gleden av å invitere til Seminar og Skandinavisk Optometrikongress 2008, den 32. i rekken av kongresser som har blitt arrangert vekselvis i Sverige, Danmark og Norge.

Bettina Kinge Mest kjent for sitt store bidrag til myopiforskning, vil gi oss en faglig ”matpause” ved å åpne søndagens sesjon med forelesning om syn og ernæring.

Contact : "Arnulf Myklebust" <> for more information.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Eye Clops Bionic Eye

This just seems way cool! This is a kids toy....handheld magnifier, that plugs right into your TV and can magnify things up to 400X. Take a look at these videos.

I want one! DM

Association of Optometrists Ireland to introduce compulsory continuing education for its members.

From AOA First Look...

Irish Health (6/23, Hunter) reported that optometrists in the Republic of Ireland "who do not keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date will in future no longer be able to remain members of their representative association." The Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), the "representative body for optometrists" in that country, "has decided to introduce compulsory continuing education/professional development (CPD) for its members." The decision was made "in the absence to date of moves by the" Irish government "to make the maintenance of CPD by optometrists compulsory in order to remain in practice." According to the AOI, "by implementing compulsory CPD in advance of legislation, Irish optometrists are demonstrating their commitment to providing the public with the highest levels of care from professionals who are taking part in ongoing professional development." Furthermore, the AOI "has called on the government to properly recognize the optometry profession, and to review the archaic legislation governing it" in Ireland.

Comments: As many of you know, I recently lectured in Ireland...wonderful country...GREAT Optometrists! DM

Contact lenses that reduce myopia

...The lenses, designed for people with short sight, work by gently pressing on the eye to restore it to the shape of someone with normal vision. ...

College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting

COVD 38th Annual MeetingPalm Springs, California
Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
October 14-18, 2008

Meeting Registration
Preliminary Program
Call for Papers
Exhibitor Information
Hotel Reservations

Preliminary Schedule Overview
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 14-15: Applied Concepts & VT Courses
Dr. Robert Sanet: Visual Information Acquisition
Dr. Carl Hillier: Visual Information Processing
Dr. Allen Cohen: Acquired Brain Injury
Dr. Barry Tannen: Strabismus and Amblyopia
Drs. Brenda Heinke Montecalvo & Kellye Knueppel: Therapeutic Lens Prescribing
Linda Sanet, COVT: VT 101 - Expanded to a two-day course (course for vision therapists only)

Wednesday, October 15: Joint COVD/OEP Practice Management Symposium
Coding Strategies for Effective Third Party Billing of Vision Therapy

Thursday - Saturday, October 16-18: Featured Speakers
Dr. Mitchell Scheiman: Update on Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT)
Dr. Mitchell Scheiman: Update on Treatment of Amblyopia
Dr. Barry Tannen: Gems and Caveats of Treating Adult Patients with Strabismus
Patricia S. Lemer, MEd: EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Using a Trans-Disciplinary Approach with Patients on the Autism Spectrum
Drs. Steve Ingersoll, Leonard Press, and Eric Borsting: The Optometric Evaluation and Management of Children with Reading Difficulties

Monday, June 23, 2008

Research suggests babies born in summer months may have increased risk of myopia.

From AOA First Look:

The Chicago Tribune (6/22, Deardorff) reported that "a growing body of scientific research shows the month you were born can predispose you to certain traits, affecting everything from your personality and mental health, to your lifespan." For example, "[i]f you're celebrating a birthday this month, you're more likely to be nearsighted than those born in the winter." According to Israeli researcher Yossi Mandel, M.D., "[l]ight exposure...can change the balance between dopamine and melatonin. A study performed by Mandel and colleagues suggested "that babies born in summer months had increased risks for moderate and severe myopia, or nearsightedness." Dr. Mandel explained that "[t]he dopamine-melatonin balance 'is known to participate in the eye-growth control mechanism.'" He added, "Altered eye growth pattern, such as larger eye length, can be associated with myopia."

InfantSEE offers free eye exams for babies

...Eventually, the girl’s parents took advantage of a program called InfantSEE sponsored by the American Optemetric Association that allows any infant 12 months or younger one free exam with participating optometrists.The results changed Alaina’s life. Doctors realized that she was so farsighted, said Dr. Scott Jens, chair of the InfantSEE program, that she could not even see her toes....

Project Lite

Atlas of Visual Phenomena

Comments: Just go. Have fun. Play! Learn. DM

Simple blood test for Down's syndrome

...A simple blood test which can detect Down's syndrome in a growing foetus has raised the prospect of screening being routinely available to every expectant mother
Researchers in Hong Kong have developed a way of identifying genetic markers which show whether an unborn child has the chromosomal disorder, without relying on risky amniocentesis techniques. ...The experimental procedure has been shown to identify 90 per cent of cases of Down's syndrome, which currently affects around one in every 800 newborns...

Sexually transmitted disease, urinary tract infections may be bad combination for birth defect

...Women who reported having both a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and urinary tract infection (UTI) just before or during early pregnancy were four times more likely to have babies with gastroschisis—a severe birth defect in which infants are born with their intestines and other internal organs outside the abdomen, University of Utah researchers report in the online British Medical Journal....

ICO's Library on FaceBook!

The Shepard Library is dedicated to supporting the curriculum and research needs of ICO students and faculty. It contains a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals (print and online), CD-ROM's, DVD’s, slides and videocassettes relating to the visual sciences, ocular and general health. The Library purchases copies of all required or supplementary texts for student reserve. Leisure reading materials also are available in the forms of fiction books and general interest magazines.The Library provides a haven for studying, with its central skylight, large windows, enclosed courtyard, numerous group study rooms, comfortable seating and study carrels. Food and drink are permitted.

The Learning Resources Center has four computer rooms. The computers connect to iLink, the Library's online catalog ( and VisionCite, an index database for articles in the vision sciences going back two decades, and the Library’s full-text electronic journals and books. High-speed internet and intranet connections, laser printers, scanners, optometric practice management software and Microsoft Office Suite with Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint also are provided.The Library’s media center houses data projectors, DVD players, VCRs, camcorders, digital camera, laptops, calculators and slide viewers for campus users. It also records all campus lectures, and makes them available on audio cassettes or as MP3 files on a website.Librarians provide research and computer assistance, and an interlibrary loan service so that students and faculty may access articles and books from around the world.

New Clue to the Cause of Alzheimer's

..The brains of people with the memory-robbing form of dementia are cluttered with a plaque made up of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein. But there long has been a question whether this is a cause of the disease or a side effect. Also involved are tangles of a protein called tau; some scientists suspect this is the cause. ...

1% of Newborns Now Test-Tube Babies

...One in 100 U.S. babies was conceived in a test tube -- and half these babies were twins, triplets, or higher multiple births, the CDC reports....The CDC's most recent data on in vitro fertilization or IVF covers the year 2005. The data come from 422 of the 475 U.S. medical centers that provide various forms of assisted reproduction technology to people with fertility problems....

OVD 1st Optometry Journal Accepted into the DOAJ

Optometry & Vision Development (OVD), the official journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development is the first and only optometry journal world-wide to be accepted by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) ( Dr. Dominick Maino, editor of OVD notes that, “DOAJ is a service that provides access to international quality controlled journals. This comprehensive service wants to list all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control /peer review system. DOAJ wants to increase the visibility and ease of use of scientific and scholarly journals and to promote their overall positive affect upon the scientific and clinical care community.” DOAJ currently lists more than 3435 international journals with almost 19000 searchable articles available. This unique service is funded by the Open Society Institute, SPARC [the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition], SPARC Europe, BIBSAM [National Library of Sweden] and the Axiell Library Group.

“OVD’s acceptance by this prestigious online directory”, notes Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, the current president of COVD, “recognizes the tremendous need for easy access by the world community for high quality articles concerning binocular vision, optometric vision therapy, and vision development.” Ms. Pamela Happ, Executive Director of COVD, says that, “This singular honor recognizes COVD’s ongoing commitment to research and the publication of an outstanding journal that is now easily available to an international audience of scholars, scientists, and clinicians.” “It is no wonder that”, Dr. Maino continues, “with internationally recognized scientists such as Dr. Burkhart Fischer and the USA’s finest vision researchers such as Drs. Ken Ciuffreda and Harold Solan publishing in OVD, and an editorial board comprised of outstanding clinical scholars such as Drs. Garth Christenson, Mitch Scheiman and John Tassinari that we have attained this honor.”

About COVD

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy and vision rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy, COVD and our open access journal, Optometry & Vision Development, please visit

Congratulations to Dr. Augsburger!

If you visit the AOA's website you'll see a picture of ICO's President and acknowledgment of his selection as recipient of AOA's Distinguished Service Award for 2008, an extremely high honor.

AOA recognizes exemplary service June 2008

In one of the most memorable highlights of Optometry's MeetingT, the AOA will present its annual awards to five recipients at the Opening General Session of the 111th Annual AOA Congress & 38th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's MeetingT in Seattle, Wash., June 26. The 2008 AOA Award recipients are Arol R. Augsburger, O.D., of Chicago, Distinguished Service Award; Linda D. Johnson, O.D., of Jackson, Miss., Optometrist of the Year; Elizabeth Draper Muckley, O.D., of Uniontown, Ohio, Young Optometrist of the Year; James Kesteloot, of Chicago, Apollo Award; and Beverly Roberts, CPOA, of Magee, Miss., Paraoptometric of the Year Award.
Distinguished Service Award

Recipients of the AOA Distinguished Service award are honored for unusually significant contributions to the profession of optometry. Dr. Augsburger began his career in 1971 when he earned his doctor of optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry as well as his master of science in physiological optics.

He immediately joined the faculty at his alma mater where he spent the next 22 years. In 1994, Dr. Augsburger accepted the position of dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. During this time, the School of Optometry grew to be the second largest on the university campus. In 2002, he became president of the Illinois College of Optometry.
Dr. Augsburger has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Optometric Association and currently serves on the legislative committee of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA), which awarded him the IOA's Keyperson of the Year award in 2005. He has been recognized as Optometrist of the Year by the state associations in Ohio, Alabama and Illinois.

Dr. Augsburger has been a member of the AOA since 1967 and has served on many committees over the years. He was awarded the AOA Optometrist of the Year award in 1986 and was presented with the AOA Resolution of Honor in 2001.



September 2008 for one week

Light for Life Romania is a small Christian charity providing spectacles for the underprivileged in North West Romania. If interested in helping with this or future trips, please telephone Stephen Cuddy on 01261 812203 or email