Thursday, October 22, 2009
Comments: You do not build up an immunity to the flu!! DM
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"We found a clear dose-response pattern between lead exposure and test performance, with the effects becoming more pronounced as you move from children at the high end to the low end of the test-score curve," said lead investigator Marie Lynn Miranda, director of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment....
"We summarized many new findings by autism researchers throughout the world, and give our perspective on the current state of the science in autism spectrum disorders," said lead author Susan E. Levy, M.D., a developmental pediatrician and medical director of the Regional Autism Center at Children's Hospital. "We hope our review will be a useful reference for healthcare professionals working with ASD patients and families."...
Comments: For additional information on vision problems associated with autism go to Optometry & Vision Development vol 40 #3
Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, Editor
Serving the Needs of the Patient with Autism
by Rachel A. Coulter, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
The Role of Optometry in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD; Jack E. Richman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
The Etiology of Autism
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A; Stephen G. Viola, PhD; Robert Donati, PhD
Brain Anatomy, Electrophysiology and Visual Function/Perception in Children within the Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Stephen G. Viola, PhD; Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Understanding the Visual Symptoms of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
by Rachel A Coulter, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Insights into the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients within the Autism Spectrum: A Patient’s Story
by Nancy G. Torgerson, OD, FCOVD
Current Eye & Vision Science Literature
Review by David A. Goss, OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Eye Power: A Cutting Edge Report on Vision Therapy
Review by Leonard J. Press, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Autism Frontiers: Clinical Issues and Innovations
Review by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
It's unclear just how many children born prematurely will develop autism. The study, in the November issue of Pediatrics, included 1216 children with autistic disorders and 6080 without....
Comments: Be careful what over the counter (OTC) drugs you and your children use at all times. Just becasue they are OTC doesn't mean they are always safe! DM
Comments: It's about time! They should add binocular vision problems to that list as well. DM
Comments: I have a 23 y/o daughter and a 26 y/0 son. I have recommended that both of them get their flu shots. The young are at most risk. What will you do? DM
Children with Low Literacy and Poor Stereoacuity: An Evaluation of Complex Interventions in a Community-Based Randomized Trial
Comments: What they found was what many of us find dealing with children from lower socio-economic populations. Complete success is harder to achieve. They are probably many reasons for this. DM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Zoraida Sambolin is the Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC5 News Today and special assignment reporter and fill-in news anchor for Telemundo Chicago. She was the host at the recent Heart of St. Bartholomew Galla where Dr. and Mrs. Dominick Maino received the Heart of St. Bartholomew Award for their parish activities.
Monday, October 19, 2009
If you are planning to attend Academy this year, this is a great opportunity for you to enjoy a social event specifically for graduates of your Alma Mater.
Join us for complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages during this business-casual gathering. We encourage you to invite your fellow alumni and prospective students to this event as well.
Thanks and hope to see you there!
Connie M. Scavuzzo, MA
Director of Alumni Development
Illinois College of Optometry
Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry Section News
Section Eventsat Academy 2009 Orlando
Join your Section colleagues at the below events during Academy 2009 Orlando, November 11-14, 2009.
Thursday, November 12, Section Reception, 7:00 pm, Canary 4
Friday, November 13, Section Business Meeting 1:00-2:00 pm, Grand Ballroom 9
November 14, Section Symposium, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Grand Ballroom 11-12
Exotropia: What do we know? What do we need to know?
Moderator: Rick London
Presenters: Susan Cotter, Bruce Wick, Jeffrey Cooper, Jonathan Holmes
Intermittent exotropia (IXT) can be a perplexing condition for the optometrist to manage. Which treatment modality should you use and when? In this symposium, you will learn differential diagnosis and sequential management, as well as the different treatment options.
Sports Vision 2010 - A New Paradigm
Please visit here for information about a first-of-its-kind, academic-based sports vision conference.
Optometric Education Section News
Dear OE Section Members,Hold the date and time! The Optometric Education Section will be presenting an educational and exciting symposium with nationally recognized speakers. Make sure you stop in to view and discuss the posters and papers. Additionally, we hope to see you all at the Business Meeting.
The Challenging Student: Common Challenges and the Role of the Faculty
Saturday, November 14, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Optometric educators often deal with challenging students. Unfortunately, most educators have little formal training on how to identify mental health and learning disorders and help the challenging student. Learn about common mental health and learning disorders with an emphasis on attention deficit disorder.
Presenters: Myles L. Cooley, Elizabeth P. Heiney, David A. Damari
Optometric Education Section Business MeetingThursday, November 12th, 6-7:30PM, San Francisco Room
See you soon,Lewis Reich OE Section Chair
Aurora Denial OE Program Chair
Researchers using bedside eye exam outperform MRI in identifying stroke.
Medscape (10/16, Gandey) reported that, at a meeting of the American Neurological Association, researchers using a bedside eye exam "showed how they were able to outperform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and flag 100% of strokes." In their "prospective cross-sectional study, investigators examined 101 patients at high risk for acute vesticular syndrome." The researchers "administered 3 tests checking vestibule-ocular-reflex on horizontal head impulse, nystagmus, and ocular alignment during prism cross-cover. All patients underwent neuroimaging." The researchers "only misclassified 1 out of 25 patients who had a vestibular disease that was a benign condition of the inner ear," while "12% of patients who had a stroke identified on a later MRI had an initially false-negative result." in identifying stroke.
Medscape (10/16, Gandey) reported that, at a meeting of the American Neurological Association, researchers using a bedside eye exam "showed how they were able to outperform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and flag 100% of strokes." In their "prospective cross-sectional study, investigators examined 101 patients at high risk for acute vesticular syndrome." The researchers "administered 3 tests checking vestibule-ocular-reflex on horizontal head impulse, nystagmus, and ocular alignment during prism cross-cover. All patients underwent neuroimaging." The researchers "only misclassified 1 out of 25 patients who had a vestibular disease that was a benign condition of the inner ear," while "12% of patients who had a stroke identified on a later MRI had an initially false-negative result."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Ranit Mishori, MD the health writer for Parade Magazine (and several other news sources) was kind enough to interview me for a article in the Sunday October 18th, 2009 magazine. Please click on the title to read the complete article....DM
......“When necessary, children at any age can wear contact lenses,” says Dr. Dominick Maino, a professor of pediatric optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Contact lenses require some work on the part of the patient—keeping them clean, storing them correctly, inserting them gently. So chronological age is less important in making this decision than motivation and maturity.
Girls may be ready at a younger age than boys. Says Dr. Maino: “I usually tell parents that when boys start to notice girls, and when girls can keep their rooms clean, they may be ready for contact lenses.” Some kids are able to use them properly with parental supervision and help.
But Dr. Maino also cautions, “Parents should not push their child to wear contact lenses. It must be the child’s idea. They must be motivated to wear them.”
Contact lenses are not without risks, of course. Kids should not wear them while swimming or in dusty, dirty environments. They should not share them with their friends. For sports and similar activities, they may need to wear protective goggles over their contacts......