Thursday, October 15, 2009

A.M. Skeffington Award

Dr. Dominick Maino (2nd from left) with Dr. Brad Habermehl (President Elect of COVD), Dr. Dan Fortenbacher (Immediate Past President) and Carol Scott, President of COVD)

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development have awarded Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd. FAAO, FCOVD-A the 2009 A.M. Skeffington Award during their annual meeting in Denver, Co. this past October.

Dr. Dominick Maino is a Professor in the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service of the Illinois Eye Institute and the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) and is in private practice in Harwood Heights, Illinois, USA. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Service at the Victor C. Neumann Association facility on Chicago's north side. Dr. Maino is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

He is the editor of Optometry & Vision Development and has authored more than 200 books, book chapters, monographs, websites and articles covering a wide range of topics from computers to Fragile X Syndrome and has given more than 100 international presentations to optometrists and other health care professionals world-wide. He is a co-author of the ASCOTech column for Optometric Education and is currently the associate, consulting, and/or contributing editor and manuscript reviewer for more than 13 publications and writes frequently for various journals.

Dr. Maino has received recognition for his work from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Editors Association, and the Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with disabilities. His research and clinical interests include special populations (mental, physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities, traumatic/acquired brain injury), pediatrics, computer applications in optometry and individuals with binocular vision dysfunction. Dr. Maino's avocations include website design, music and photography.

This award is presented to the COVD Fellow who has made outstanding contributions to the optometric literature in the areas of vision therapy and vision development. Nominations for this award are made by members of the College.

Past Recipients of the A.M. Skeffington Award include 2007 - Kenneth Ciuffreda, O.D., 2006 - David FitzGerald, O.D., 2005 - Irwin Suchoff, O.D., 2004 – Eric Borsting, O.D., 2003 – Paul A. Harris, O.D., 2002 – Mitchell Scheiman, O.D., 2001 – Albert Shankman, O.D., 2000 – W. C. Maples, O.D., 1999 – Arnold Sherman, O.D., 1998 – Jack Richman, O.D., 1997 – John Streff, O.D., 1996 – James Bosse, O.D., 1995 – Sidney Groffman, O.D., 1994 – Harry Wachs, O.D., 1993 – Louis Hoffman, O.D., 1992 – Leonard Press, O.D., 1991 – Richard Apell, O.D., 1990 – Harold Solan, O.D., 1989 – Albert Sutton, O.D., 1988 – Donald Getz, O.D., 1987 – Daniel Wolff, O.D., 1986 – Amorita Treganza, O.D., 1985 – Israel Greenwald, O.D., 1984 – Robert Kraskin, O.D., 1983 – G. N. Getman, O.D., 1982 – Nathan Flax, O.D., 1981 – Larry Macdonald, O.D., 1980 – Elliott Forrest, O.D., 1979 – Martin Birnbaum, O.D., 1977 – William Ludlam, O.D.
1976 – Amiel Francke, O.D., 1975 – Arthur Heinsen, Jr., O.D., 1974 – Robert M. Wold, O.D., 1973 – Tole Greenstein, O.D., 1972 – William Lee, O.D., 1971 – Martin Kane, O.D.

Comments: I am deeply honored and humbled to be included in this distinguished list of researchers, clinicians, teachers, authors and optometrists. Thank you to the leadership of COVD and its membership. Now I better finish my latest

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More COVD Pictures

Here we have some docs in the exhibit hall, Sue Barry, PhD signing copies of her great book...and of course...VT Rocks!

COVD in Denver

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development officially began this week in the mile high city. Here are a few shots of the COVD Board....and more!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Check Sundays (10/18) Parade Magazine

I was recently interviewed by Ranit Mishori, MD who is a health care reporter for several news organizations. (She had interviewed me for the Washington Post story a couple of years ago).

This time she has quoted me for a story on children's eye examinations and contact lenses. This was scheduled to be published several times over the past couple of weeks and has been repeatedly edited because of space I have no idea what the final article will look like. I did mention the American Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, American Academy of Optometry and the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute in the article.Look for it this Sunday in your copy of Parade Magazine (which means if your are from the Chicago area or subscribe to the Chicago should see it in there!)

Deficits in predictive smooth pursuit after mild traumatic brain injury

Suh M, Kolster R, Sarkar R, McCandliss B, Ghajar J; Cognitive and Neurobiological Research Consortium. Deficits in predictive smooth pursuit after mild traumatic brain injury. Neurosci Lett. 2006 Jun 19;401(1-2):108-13. Epub 2006 Mar 22.

Given that even mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may produce extensive diffuse axonal injury (DAI), we hypothesized that mild TBI patients would show deficits in predictive smooth pursuit eye movements (SPEM), associated with impaired cognitive functions, as these processes are dependent on common white matter connectivity between multiple cerebral and cerebellar regions. The ability to predict target trajectories during SPEM was investigated in 21 mild TBI patients using a periodic sinusoidal paradigm. Compared to 26 control subjects, TBI patients demonstrated decreased target prediction. TBI patients also showed increased eye position error and variability of eye position, which correlated with decreased target prediction. In all subjects, average target prediction, eye position error and eye position variability correlated with scores related to attention and executive function on the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT-II). However, there were no differences between TBI and control groups in average eye gain or intra-individual eye gain variability, or in performance on the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI), suggesting that the observed deficits did not result from general oculomotor impairment or reduced IQ. The correlation between SPEM performance and CVLT-II scores suggests that predictive SPEM may be a sensitive assay of cognitive functioning, including attention and executive function. This is the first report to our knowledge that TBI patients show impaired predictive SPEM and eye position variability, and that these impairments correlate with cognitive deficits.

Who should get the flu shot.

Retinopathy Tied to Gestational Age at Birth

...The incidence and severity of retinopathy of prematurity were strongly associated with gestational age at birth, a population-based Swedish study found. Among babies born before 27 weeks gestation there was a 72.7% incidence of retinopathy of prematurity, with incidence ranging from 100% in those born at 22 weeks to 56% of those born at 26 weeks, according to Dordi Austeng, MD, of University Hospital in Uppsala, and colleagues. This represented a decline in risk of 50% for each additional week of gestational age at birth...

Monday, October 12, 2009

So...this is how vision works!

If I could only get those blue guys to cooperate!

Characteristics of patients with H1N1 influenza

Clinical Question: What are the typical presenting symptoms of patients with the novel H1N1 influenza initially detected in April 2009?

Bottom Line: The initial outbreak of H1N1 influenza was characterized by symptoms similar to those seen in patients with seasonal influenza and by a low overall mortality. A very large number of patients with a mild form of the illness were likely not diagnosed. (LOE = 3b)

Reference: Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Investigation Team, Dawood FS, Jain S, et al. Emergence of a novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus in humans. N Engl J Med 2009;360(25):2605-2615. [PubMed Abstract]

Study Design: Cross-sectional

Funding: Government Setting: Population-based

Synopsis: Swine influenza viruses contain genes from human, swine, and avian influenza A viruses. A new variant of influenza A (H1N1) was initially detected in April, 2009, and has gone on to cause a worldwide pandemic. This report describes the characteristics of the first 642 cases identified in 41 states. The median age of patients was 20 years, with a range of 3 months to 81 years; 40% of patients were between the ages of 10 to 18 years, and 35% between 19 and 50 years. Patients presented with fever (94%), cough (92%), sore throat (66%), diarrhea (25%), and vomiting (25%); data were available regarding symptoms for 50% to 66% of patients, depending on the symptom. Hospitalization status was known for 399 patients, of whom 9% were hospitalized, with an age range of 19 months to 51 years. Many of the hospitalized patients had chronic medical conditions. The virus was sensitive to both oseltamivir and zanamivir. At the time of this writing (June 30, 2009) the CDC reported 27,717 confirmed or probable cases and 127 deaths (0.4%).

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Does the way you see affect your personality?

....So do visual skills help shape your personality? Do they help determine whether you are a dreamer, a scientist, a scholar, or a comic? I (Susan Barry, PhD) can sometimes predict how a person sees by their likes and dislikes, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ways they behave....

Red Wine Chemical May One Day Treat Diabetes

...Resveratrol, found in red wine, was found to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin levels when injected directly into the brains of mice fed very high-calorie diets in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW).
The finding suggests that the brain plays a key role in resveratrol’s beneficial effect on diabetes and that the benefits may occur independently of diet and
body weight.
If this is true, new type 2
diabetes treatments targeting the brain may be possible,...But drinking red wine is not likely to improve blood sugar and insulin levels because resveratrol does not cross the blood-brain barrier very efficiently....

Comments: Another good reason to drink good red Italian wines? Let's hope so. Dm

Swine Flu Cases Rise; CDC Urges Vaccination

...To date, swine flu has been reported to be widespread in 37 states. Nineteen pediatric deaths were reported the past week, Schuchat said. "We are now up to 76 children having died'' this year from swine flu -- many more already, she said, than the typical toll from influenza in past years...

Comments: Got my regular flu shot today. Will get my Swine flu shot when it becomes available. DM