Friday, December 19, 2008

Journal of Optometry Call for Papers

Comments: The Journal of Optometry is an open access Spanish journal written in English. DM

The Editors of Journal of Optometry are pleased to send you a Call for Papers on a Special Issue that will be published during the second half of 2009 related with Vision in Elderly.

It is our believe that this is a very interesting topic for optometrists, ophthalmologists and visual scientists around the world that could help us to increase the attention to Journal of Optometry.

At this moment, the Call for Papers has not been sent to other database or shared with other members of the community because we want that all members of the Editorial Board have this information first. In a few days, when the second issue of the journal will be available we will take the opportunity to send this information to all our contacts around the world.

Your opinions are much appreciated regarding this and other issues you consider important to share with us. For those involved in research areas potentially related with this topic, please consider the possibility to send a contribution to this Feature Issue.

Thank you for your support to the Journal of Optometry.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Montés-Micó, PhD

José M. González-Méijome, PhD
Associate Editor-in-Chief

60 Articles on Autism

Medpage articles on the topic of autism for 2008.

48 Articles on Kids Health

Medpage articles delaing with ADHD.

Christmas Karoke

Christmas Songs

The lyrics and some interesting information regarding the most popular Christmas songs are included on this website together with additional sections dedicated to Christmas carols, Christmas music and traditional Christmas poems which include the wonderful "Twas the night before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. Christmas songs and their music have been popularised and advertised in different elements of the media including radio, television ,movies. The most famous of Christmas songs, White Christmas and its unforgettable music was immortalised by the recording by Bing Crosby and the movie of the same name is still enjoyed today....

Comments: Many of the lyrics also have music that you can play thru the computer speakers and sing with! DM

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Drastically Reducing Lazy Eye Treatment Times

...Treatment times for amblyopia - more commonly known as 'lazy eye' - could be drastically reduced thanks to research carried out at The University of Nottingham. Amblyopia is thought to affect up to 2.5 per cent of people and accounts for around 90 per cent of all children's eye appointments in the UK. Occlusion therapy - patching the normal eye for lengthy periods to 'train' the affected eye - is the main treatment for amblyopia. However, this method can be distressing to children, is unpopular with parents and can adversely effect educational development. This type of therapy has been used in various forms since 1743 and has long been considered to only be effective up until late childhood. ...

According To A New Government Survey, 38 Percent Of Adults And 12 Percent Of Children Use Complementary And Alternative Medicine

Approximately 38 percent of adults in the United States aged 18 years and over and nearly 12 percent of U.S. children aged 17 years and under use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a new nationwide government survey (1). This survey marks the first time questions were included on children's use of CAM, which is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic, and acupuncture that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine

Medical Myths... turns out that:

Holiday sweets don't make the kids more hyperactive. Suicides don't go up over the holidays. Poinsettias aren't poisonous. Avoiding eating at night won't keep the pounds off. The only way to cure a hangover is not to get one in the first place. ...

Amblyopia can be treated at any I made up this last wasn't in the is still true!

Comments: I want my holiday treats! DM

A little wine may boost heart-healthy omega-3

...A glass or two of wine per day may increase the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in a person's blood....The study of European adults found that those who drank in moderation tended to have higher blood levels of omega-3 -- even when intake of fish, the major dietary source of the fats, was taken into account...The link was strongest among wine drinkers, compared with those who favored beer and spirits. The findings suggest that wine, in particular, may affect the body's metabolism of omega-3 fats,...

Comments: I just got a gift certificate to WineStyles!! Yeah! I can drink wine and get healthy!! DM


Winter CE Registration

Online registration at will be
available the first week in January 2009!

So Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, February 21, 2009
“Medicare Coding & Billing 2009”
4 hours practice management
1:00-5:00pm ~ Hyatt Lisle, IL

Sunday, February 22, 2009
“Everything You Need to Know to Prescribe…”
6 hours TQ
9:00am-4:00pm ~ Hyatt Lisle, IL

Sunday, March 8, 2009
“The Pharmacology & Technology Revolution”
6 hours TQ
9:00am-4:00pm ~ Doubletree Alsip, IL

OEP Calendar of Events

JANUARY 24-26, 2009
The 54th Annual Kraskin Invitational Skeffington Symposium on Vision
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

FEBRUARY 4-8, 2009
VT/Learning Related Visual Problems (VT 2) (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Phoenix, AZ.
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for learning related visual problems
Instructor: Robin Lewis, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
35 CE hours available.

MARCH 1-2, 2009Great Lakes CongressChicago, ILTOPIC: Lenses, Performance and the Therapeutic Relationship
SPEAKERS: John Streff, O.D., Richard Harris, M.D., Joseph S. Grasso, D.O., Geoff Heddle, O.D. John A. Loesch, O.D.
CONTACT: John A. Loesch, O.D.
MARCH 14-15, 200918th Annual NORA Multi-Disciplinary Conference hosted by the 71st Annual Northwest Congress of OptometryBenson Hotel, Portland, OR. CONTACT: Bob Williams, OEP, 949-250-8070

MARCH 19-23, 2009
VT/Visual Dysfunctions (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Baltimore, MD
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for all general binocular dysfunctions
Instructor: Robert Hohendorf, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
35 CE hours available.

MARCH 19-23, 2009
The Art & Science of Optometric Care—A Behavioral Perspective (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Pomona, CA
TOPIC: Hands-on behavioral optometric clinical training in evaluation, alternatives presentations and prescribing.
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Harris, O.D.
CONTACT: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
Thirty-five CE hours.

APRIL 19-20, 2009
Robert Wold Southern California Behavioral Vision Seminar
Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA (Mission Bay)
SPEAKER: Carl Hillier, O.D., FCOVD
CONTACT: Donald J. Janiuck, O.D., (858) 748-6120

APRIL 17-18, 2009
Southern California Vision Therapist Forum
Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA (Mission Bay)

APRIL 23-26, 2009
VT/Strabismus & Amblyopia (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for strabismus and amblyopia.
INSTRUCTOR: Robin Lewis, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
28 CE hours available.

APRIL 30-May 2, 2009 77th International Conference on Light and Vision Fallsview Marriott, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Contact: College of Syntonic Optometry, Ron Wahlmeier
MAY 16- 17, 2009
2009 Eastern States Conference Crowne Plaza
White Plains, NY
Speakers: Jerry Sherman, OD, John Abbondanza, OD, and Samantha Slotnick, OD
CONTACT: Stuart Rothman, O.D.,
10 hours of CE

MAY 16-18, 2009
Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury (ABI/TBI) (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Baltimore, MD
TOPIC: Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury (ABI/TBI)
Instructor: Paul Harris, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
21 CE hours available.

JUNE 4-8, 2009
VT/Learning Related Visual Problems (VT 2) (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Baltimore, MD
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for learning related visual problems
Instructor: Paul Harris, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
35 CE hours available.

JUNE 4-8, 2009 Joint Conference on Clinical and Theoretical Optometry (JCTCO) Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. TOPIC: Understanding spectrum disorders and optimizing related care in any practice CONTACT: Sally Corngold, OEP
June 24-28, 2009
AOA Congress
Washington, DC

july 11-15, 2009
The Art & Science of Optometric Care—A Behavioral Perspective (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Memphis, TN
TOPIC: Hands-on behavioral optometric clinical training in evaluation, alternatives presentations and prescribing.
INSTRUCTOR: Paul Harris, O.D.
CONTACT: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
Thirty-five CE hours.

JULY 17-19, 2009
Memphis, TN

July 25-26, 2009
Regional Clinical Seminar Cockeysville, MD (Metro Baltimore) TOPIC: Building, Managing and Maintaining a Thriving and Vital Behavioral Vision Care Practice SPEAKERS: Paul Harris, OD, Diane Serex-Dougan, OD CONTACT: Diane Serex-Dougan 800 447 0370

AugUST 1-2, 2009
Colorado Vision Summit, Colorado Convention Center, Denver
CONTACT: Barbara Zablotny,

AUGUST 27-31, 2009
VT/Visual Dysfunctions (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Grand Rapids, MI
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for all general binocular dysfunctions
Instructor: Robert Hohendorf, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
35 CE hours available.

SEPTEMBER 10-13, 2009
VT/Strabismus & Amblyopia (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Grand Rapids, MI
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for strabismus and amblyopia.
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Hohendorf, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
28 CE hours available.

SEPTEMBER 11 - 13 2009 40th Annual Colorado Vision Training Conference Estes Park, CO TOPIC: Sports Vision SPEAKER: Don Teig, O.D. CONTACT: George Hertneky, O.D., 970-842-5166,
SEPTEMBER 13-14, 2009 Northeast Congress Westford (MA) Regency Inn.

OCTOBER 13-17, 2009
39th Annual COVD Meeting
Marriott Denver Tech Center
Denver, CO

NOVEMBER 5-9, 2009
VT/Learning Related Visual Problems (VT 2) (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Grand Rapids, MI
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for learning related visual problems
Instructor: Robert Hohendorf, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
35 CE hours available.

DECEMBER 2-6, 2009
VT/Visual Dysfunctions (OEP Clinical Curriculum)
Phoenix, AZ
TOPIC: Behavioral optometric visual training for all general binocular dysfunctions
Instructor: Robin Lewis, O.D.
Contact: Theresa Krejci, 800 447 0370
35 CE hours available.

Middle Atlantic Optometric Congress, October 2009
Heart of America Congress, November 2009

April 8-11, 2010
6th International Congress of Behavioral Optometry (ICBO)
Southern California
CONTACT: Robert Williams, OEP Foundation, 949-250-8070, Robert Williams

JUNE 16-20, 2010
AOA Congress
Orlando, FL

OCTOBER 12-16, 2010
40th Annual COVD Meeting
Rio Mar Beach Resort
Puerto Rico

JUNE 15-19, 2011
AOA Congress
Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Even Slightly Premature Infants Have Increased Health Risks

...Babies born even one to three weeks early have an increased risk of impaired neurological development, a retrospective cohort study showed. ... Infants born at 34 to 36 weeks gestation were 3.39 times more likely to have cerebral palsy than full-term babies, ...

A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial Examining the Safety and Efficacy of Therapeutic Touch in Premature Infants.

In this pilot trial, heart period variability showed an increase for the therapeutic touch (TT) group compared with the NTT group. The study reveals no adverse effects of TT in preterm infants

Eye-exercise device examined

From AOF FirstLook:

The Los Angeles Times (12/17) reports that health writer Chris Woolston examined the Eyeport Vision Training System, a device developed by optometrist Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., which "supposedly exercises eyes to dramatically improve their 'speed, accuracy, and efficiency.'" Hannu Laukkanen, O.D., of the Pacific University College of Optometry, called the " vision cure-all," but said "it can give tired eyes an impressive boost." Dr. Laukkanen, "who has no financial ties to the company, co-authored a study on Eyeport for a 2006 issue of the journal Optometry," in which "31 students with normal vision used the system for 10 minutes a day, six days a week, for three weeks." The results revealed that "the students' eyes worked more efficiently after the training," and could more quickly "focus on a target, an improvement that could help prevent eyestrain." James Kundart, O.D., M.Ed., FAAO, of Pacific University, said "the system has potential to help people who see blurred or doubled words while reading."

Autism And Schizophrenia Share Common Origin

Schizophrenia and autism probably share a common origin, hypothesises Dutch researcher Annemie Ploeger following an extensive literature study. The developmental psychologist demonstrated that both mental diseases have similar physical abnormalities which are formed during the first month of pregnancy...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Eyes: A New Window on Mental Disorders

...Humans are social animals. In recent years, psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists have revealed the distinct parts of our brain that allow us to interact, collaborate and communicate with each other. One important way of studying the “social brain” is to look at what happens in the brain during neuro-developmental disorders associated with atypical social abilities. Two such disorders are autism and Williams syndrome, which is a rare genetic disorder. ...

New System Of Scoring IQ Tests Benefits Children With Intellectual Disabilities

...Parents of children with intellectual disabilities have long been frustrated by IQ testing that tells them little to nothing about their children's long-term learning potential. That's because the tests are scored according to the mean performance of children without disabilities, so the raw scores of many intellectually disabled children are converted to the lowest normalized score: typically a zero....

Hessl et al. A solution to limitations of cognitive testing in children with intellectual disabilities: the case of fragile X syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2008; DOI: 10.1007/s11689-008-9001-8

Comment: It's about time! Does it really work? DM

Monday, December 15, 2008

See Mars in 3D! (stereoscopy fans, take note)

...The HIRISE website offers a large selection of Mars 3D photos, plus advice on how to buy or make 3D glasses. Old movie buffs no doubt will recall the era when movies that included free 3D glasses were real hits, especially with the Saturday morning kid audiences. Later, Viewmasters were a national hit....

Comments: Get those R/G or R/B glasses out! DM

New Administrators at ICO

It should be noted, that all 3 appointments come from the Peds/BV Service of the Illinois College of Optometry....we have great faculty!!

Illinois College of Optometry Announces Administrative Changes

CHICAGO (December 15, 2008) – The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) today announced the appointments of Sandra Block, O.D., M.Ed., to Associate Dean; Geoffrey Goodfellow, O.D., to Chair, Department of Clinical Education; and Yi Pang, O.D., M.D., Ph.D. to Director of Research. The appointment of these individuals, effective February 1, 2009, demonstrates ICO’s commitment to offer students a world-class experience and reinforces its mission to provide excellence in optometric clinical education.

“The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to have Drs. Block, Goodfellow and Pang take on additional leadership positions within the College,” said Kent M. Daum, O.D., Ph.D., Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs. “Each of these professionals bring knowledge, experience and dedication to preparing ICO students for success as outstanding optometrists.”

As the Associate Dean, Dr. Block will assist in the operations and development of ICO’s academic program. She will also work collaboratively with faculty to facilitate excellence in teaching and scholarly development; recruit, evaluate and select academic faculty and staff; develop work assignments and encourage research; and foster positive communication between faculty, students and administration. Dr. Block has been a full-time faculty member of ICO for more than 25 years. She has provided clinical instruction in primary care and pediatrics and binocular vision including binocular anomalies, strabismus and amblyopia, and vision and learning. Also a graduate of ICO, Dr. Block is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is also a Diplomate in Public Health of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a Global Clinical Advisor for Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes. Her research interests include public health, persons with disabilities and pediatric vision care.

ICO’s curriculum is at the core of its strategic plan and as the Chair for the Department of Clinical Education, Dr. Goodfellow will have a leadership role in managing the implementation and delivery of the didactic portion of the curriculum. Through student assessment measures, he will also identify and supervise student placement into the Clinical Honors Program during the first two years of the academic program. An emerging leader in the field of optometry, Dr. Goodfellow is an Associate Professor of Optometry at ICO teaching topics such as physiological optics and course work related to pediatrics and binocular vision. Dr. Goodfellow is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Education Trustee of the Illinois Optometric Association and an active member of the volunteer structure of the American Optometric Association.

As the Director of Research, Dr. Pang will administrate, promote and advocate for scholarship and research activities in the College. Dr. Pang is an Assistant Professor at ICO. Over the course of three years, Dr. Pang has secured a number of grants and lead numerous research focusing on optic nerve hypoplasia, amblyopia, and strabismus. Dr. Pang’s credentials include a medical degree and a doctorate in vision science. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

About the Illinois College of Optometry

The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) is the largest and oldest educational institution dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists in the United States. Founded in 1872, ICO has established itself as one of the world’s leading urban optometric institutions and has been serving the Chicagoland community for over 135 years.

Nystagmus in Infancy and Childhood

The journal, Seminars in Ophthalmology, is an open access journal. This paper reviews nystagmus and is worth a look for several reasons...including some great tables. Click on the title for the pdf version.

Hertle, Richard W.(2008)'Nystagmus in Infancy and Childhood',Seminars in Ophthalmology,23:5,307 — 317

Optometry: One of the best

As we approach 2009, it's good to remember that in 2008 US New and World Report noted that Optometry is one of the absolute best careers to have. They said that ...

...a career as an optometrist offers unmistakable advantages. Optometrists on average earn more than twice as much as opticians .... And optometrists ... do most of what ophthalmologists do, ..... [they] diagnose and treat eye diseases, perform ... surgery ...and of course fit people for glasses and contact lenses. Yet the required training is years shorter than it is for an ophthalmologist: a four-year, post-bachelor's program... [resulting in the Doctor of Optometry degree or O.D.]

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Median Pay
National: $99,700.
More pay data by metropolitan area

Smart Specialty
Pediatric Optometry. The eye problems of children are generally among the most remediable. And the American Optometric Association projects high growth in this niche.

Other Resources
Department of Labor profile: Optometrist
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
American Optometric Association

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Learning Disabilities Worldwide

My friend and colleague, Dr. Richard Laudon, was was elected Chair, Executive Board
of Learning Disabilities Worldwide. One of his responsibilities is to increase membership. He notes the importance of interdisciplinary care for the child/adult with LD. Obviously, the role of optometry is a critical variable in the care for those with LD. The second point is that he is asking you to consider becoming a member or making an appropriate contribution to this organization. LDW is planning to have a Conference in Germany in the Spring.

Page by Page Books

We want our patients to be able to read easily and comfortably. We may also work with patients that do not have the $$$ to pay for books or may not have ready access to a library.

If you do have these kinds of patients, have them log on to Page by Page Books which has hundreds of books available to download FREE of charge. This is a great service. Check it out.

Another web-place to check out is Classic Reader which also has free books online.


High Performance Optometry

High Performance Optometry is a newsletter designed for the primary care optometrist. The latest research, clinical case reports and more are reviewed in a timely fashion. This allows you to very easily keep up to date in many areas. For more information email the publisher, Will Kuhlman at or call him at 1-800-633-0055. (I have no $$$ interest in HPO, but Will and I have worked on several projects in the distant past.) DM

PCON Reports on CI Studies

Primary Care Optometry News recently reported on the clinical trials concerning Convergence Insufficiency....this is wonderful since 99% of their paper deals more with medical issues and not functional ones....good going PCON! Thanks for letting the profession know that optometric vision therapy has the research to back it up....those of us in Peds/BV deeply appreciate it! DM

Good-Lite Visits ICO

The Good-Lite folks came to visit us at ICO yesterday and showed us many of their new "stuff". I really appreciated the time they took to show us their products....if you need "Good-Lite stuff" for your office...they will be most helpful. (BTW I have no $$$ interest in Good-Lite...they did give me a cataloge and some "kids glasses" to try out however) DM

Al Canto Primo

I know that this blog usually deals with children, special needs patients and research, but I just ate at Al Canto Primo on Chicago's NW side and it was fantastic. If you get a chance...go to this "Galeteria" as soon as you can. Watch for them on PBS "Check Please" in January 2009. (I have no $$$ interest in this establishment....but I do count George and Maria Elbekai (the owners, chefs, and dynamos that run this fine eatery as my friends.) See info about New Years party to right...DM

ICO's EyePod

The Illinois College of Optometry's complete redesign of its third floor is absolutely amazing!
The EyePod's most notable features include 38 full lanes for teaching clinical care with the latest technology, clinical assessment space, 5 state of the art laboratories, student "fun" areas for studying and more, Wi Fi, Large screen LCD TVs and more.

The "Grand Opening" is Saturday January 10th from 4-6PM. Goodies will be served. Contact Connie Scavuzzo at 312-949-7080 or email her at . DM