Saturday, November 14, 2009

AAO Winding Down

The American Academy of Optometry meeting is winding down....great meeting. If you haven't gone to the AAO before....plan to go next year. If you are not a Fellow of the Academy, plan to go thru the Fellowship'll be glad you did! DM

Friday, November 13, 2009

Neuroplascity Lecture Updated

I updated my neuroplasticity lecture with info from the Hirsch Symposium. Click here to download the final presentation given at the American Academy of Optometry meeting.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pictures from the American Academy of Optometry

Students work closely with faculty conducting research and presenting their findings at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Orlando, Florida

Lecture update: My lecture was well attended...and just about all stayed awake. More importantly, most laughed at my jokes and funny stories! I did have an opportunity to use the information I learned at an earlier symposium on neuroplasticity. Talk about up to date lecture information!! DM

AAO Update

It's 7:30AM and I'm waiting for the lecture to begin on neuroplasticity at the American Academy of Optometry meeting...don't tell anyone....but I have a lecture on the same topic an hour later....I'm hoping they will say something I can use in my presentation!!! (Actually, mine will be more clinically relevant there's more research oriented). Will let you know how it goes! DM

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

OMD agrees with ME!!

Someone on SlideShare had posted the AAPOS statement....I responded

This statement and its predecessors are all based on little to no research and tends to be motivated more by organized medicine's arrogance and hubris towards all non-allopathic practitioners. Optometry does not say dyslexia is a vision problem, we do say that there are learning related vision problems that optometric vision therapy can treat successfully. There are several National Eye Institute clinical trials that show this. Go to to see some of the latest research. Dr. Handler, shame on you for posting this ... you should know better.

An ophthalmologist responded to my comments....


I absolutely agree with you. We, ophthalmologists are professionals dedicated to the EYE not to VISION, reason we cannot relate dyslexia to our care. Ophthalmologists are absolutely right there is no relation between DYSLEXIA and THE EYE. We still think the image is formed on the retina and we compare the eye with a camera. There is enough scientific data showing the complexity of the visual system with different channels working in parallel, independent but is synchrony and fulfilling integrated functions to produce the visual information's. We still use the 150 years old Snellen visual acuity test to measure static visual function and we do not consider visual cortical areas as being part of the visual system as this statement have not considered the many papers relating dyslexia to the visual brain. There are probably other reasons for the AAO to issue this statement, the future will tell us. It is time for us ophthalmologists to upgrade our knowledge from eye to vision and understand vision is not image formation, it is information processing.

There are ophthalmologists who know better after all...

see it at

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lectures on SlideShare Now Here

Several of my lectures have now been placed on Slideshare and can be found by looking to the left and scrolling down on my this blog! Lectures uploaded include:
Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations Part I & II
To BV or Not to BV, and Neuroplasticity.

I hope you enjoy these presentations.

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD

Studying for Boards

Comments: About twice a month, the ICO Dean of Students office sends out its "Focal Point" newsletter...this was in the latest edition so I thought I would pass this along for all to use. DM

Boards Part II is steadily approaching and these books may help! In addition to the NBEO books on reserve, check out these ophthalmology board review books. For most of these, the most recent version is on reserve and can be checked out for a week. The older editions are in the stacks and may be checked out for four weeks. Titles include:

Review Questions in Ophthalmology: a Question and Answer Book by Chern (RE49.C5)
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Review Manual for Ophthalmology (RE49 .L3) Kanski’s Ophthalmology in Focus (RE49.K3593)
Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology: a Test Yourself Atlas (RE49 .K28).
Helpful websites include the Harvard Digital Journal of Ophthalmology, the University of Manitoba Ophthalmology Internet Tutorial at and the RED Atlas (Recognizing Eye Disease: a Visual Review of Ophthalmic Disorders) at All have practice test questions covering various eye diseases.