Saturday, July 3, 2010
I do the examination and he is a 2 diopter myope! Mom kind of shrugs her shoulders and says that he's been doing "OK".....passed school screenings....
Well, of course he is not doing OK... Tell me again why ophthalmology still fights us on getting comprehensive eye examinations mandated for children?
Bottom line...have your children's eyes examined once a year while they are in school!! DM
Friday, July 2, 2010
Looking you in the mouth: abnormal gaze in autism resulting from impaired top-down modulation of visual attention
10 high-functioning individuals with autism to address this issue. The group fixated the location of the mouth in facial expressions more than did matched controls, even when the mouth was not shown, even in faces that were inverted and most noticeably
at latencies of 200–400 ms. Comparisons with a computational model of visual saliency argue that the abnormal bias for fixating the mouth in autism is not driven by an exaggerated sensitivity to the bottom-up saliency of the features, but rather by an abnormal top-down strategy for allocating visual attention....
Comments: Full article available by clicking the title. DM
Comments: I won't even try to be unbiased on this one. My friend, Rod Bortel of Home Therapy Solutions, developed and markets this unique combination of software and hard ware to help those with brain injury. Go to http://www.visiontherapysolutions.net/ to find out more...
FYI I have no financial interest in any of the programs produced by Rod. DM
We not only graduate the best clinicians....but some of the greatest scholars!
(OK, OK so I'm a bit biased!!)
Illinois College of Optometry July 25-26 Continuing Education
Sunday, July 25, 2010
7:00-8:00 A.M. – Continental Breakfast
Anterior Segment Disease Grand Rounds (2 TQ)
Gary Oliver, OD
Current Concepts in Management of Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease
Ron Carr, OD
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Current Treatment Strategies for Ocular Pain Management
Gary Oliver, OD
12:00-1:15 P.M. -- Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 P.M.
Nutraceuticals, Supplements and Vitamins in Eye Care
Gary Oliver, OD
Glaucoma Diagnosis Made Simple
Eric Conley, OD
Glaucoma Grand Rounds (2 TQ)
Gary Oliver, OD
Monday, July 26, 2010
7:00-8:00 A.M. – Continental Breakfast
Common Oral Meds in Eye Care (2 TQ)
Stephanie Klemencic, OD
10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Spectacle Rxs for the Pediatric Patient: How to Make Confident Prescribing Decisions (2 TQ)
Valerie Kattouf, OD
12:00-1:00 P.M. -- Lunch
Red Eye Revelations: Case Based Diagnosis and Management (2 TQ)
David Castells, OD
How to Make Staff Members Income Producers
Richard Kattouf, OD
Richard Kattouf, OD
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Comments: I often tell my patients that as we treat various binocular vision disorders not to be surprised if their prescriptions change...this is true for those with ET as well. DM
Comments; This article in Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology tells OMDs to use bifocals and that surgery would eliminate the need for this multi-focal prescription. Before the OMDs take credit for this...it should be noted that optometrists have been using bifocals for decades to treat this disorder. It's good to see my OMDs are catching up with the innovative thinking of optometrists! Now I can't wait for them to discover optometric vision therapy! DM
Comments: The easiest way to teach another about individuals with disability is thru interaction. You know longer fear what you know....DM
Caffeine - found in coffee, tea, cola drinks and medicines - can cause irritability and insomnia. Although the level of caffeine absorption varies greatly from one person to another, this substance has a lengthy half-life in newborns. For this reason, it is recommended to reduce consumption during breastfeeding to a maximum of 300 mg/day, equivalent to around three cups of coffee per day. ...For alcohol, the exact risk is still ill-defined, and no studies have been carried out to correlate the dose, although some research suggests it can harm the infant's motor development, as well as causing changes to their sleep patterns, reduce the amount they eat, and increase the risk of hypoglycaemia....
Comments: Love that red wine! DM
I am 41 years of age.. not only did I not understand why I never saw anything in 3D, I never understood why I could not see a baseball coming at me, why I could not see anything in a telescope or microscope, and why I could not see a volley ball come at me. I just avoided these things.. Come to find out, I have been legally blind my whole life, and living off a small area in my left eye. I have never heard of anyone with my story. I am sure there are other people like me out there that exist. How can no one notice in my life that I can't see. I would never know differently... crazy stuff! Nice to know I am not the only one that went through life not seeing 3D.. sounds like others are in that boat with me. Thanks for this post! Always nice to know you are somewhat not alone... I am having a hard time getting a diagnosis after slipping through the cracks my whole life. Is my story that "unbelievable?"
Comments: Unfortunately your story is all too believable! You need a doc who can diagnose and treat this condition. Go to http://www.covd.org to find one right now! Even those of us who are somewhat chronologically enhanced can be helped! Go to the search box on the upper left and thype in "optometric vision theapy".....and you will see that treatment is possible. DM
The last time i watched a 3d movie i just about passed out. The guy
sitting next to me had to grab my arm before i hit the floor. I wear
glasses already and i can't see with out them. If i take them off for
the 3d glasses i can't see anything. if i where the 3d glasses over my
glasses then i get severe headaches and tend to pass out. To make a
long story short i hate 3d movies. They should give the moviegoer
Comments2: You do not have to suffer. Go to http://www.covd.org to find a doc who can help. I'm in the final therapy stages with a patient who was VERY adversely affected by 3 D movies....she just went ot Shrek 3D...and loved it...no problems!
...The scientists used ultrasound and MRI to examine brain
Comments: Although more research is needed in this area....wash your hands.....wash your hands....wash your hands. It's amazing how often patients comment how wonderful it is to see their doc was his hands before he does anything. BTW I went to my doc today...and guess what...he washed his hands before he started working on me! DM
Comments: As far as I know this study did not ask any vision related questions. Sad since many of the problems encountered after most have been addressed are visual in nature. DM
Monday, June 28, 2010
This program shall be used to bring to the ICO campus nationally recognized experts in the fields of pediatric optometry/ophthalmology, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, binocular vision, vision and learning, and/or special populations (primarily in the area of developmental disabilities). The Visiting Professor makes presentations to faculty and students and may also be available for ICO’s Continuing Education Program as well. Visiting Professors are chosen by the Dean/VP of Academic Affairs of the Illinois College of Optometry upon recommendations made by the faculty of the Illinois Eye Institute Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service.
AURORA, Ohio, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has posted its current issue of Optometry & Vision Development online and invites all to read the full-text articles free of charge.
Well known and respected researcher, Dr. WC Maples, in his article Frequency and Types of Pediatric Symptoms in a Clinical Population, notes that children seen in a large optometric clinic tended to express that their most serious symptoms were related to problems in vision perception (vision information processing), binocularity (eye coordination) and accommodation (focusing). This is particularly significant since these areas readily define those who often have learning related vision disorders that can adversely affect school performance.
Clinician, Dr. Kauser Sharieff, in her article, From Braille to Quilting: A Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Case Report, takes the reader into the life of a patient who suffered an acquired brain injury and then recovered much of her quality of life with the help of optometric vision therapy.
Under the practice management section Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford writes in his article, Social Digital Media – A New and Powerful Way to Educate Your Patients about Optometric Vision Therapy, writes that, "Patients with visual problems continue struggling with undiagnosed and untreated vision dysfunction. This happens despite our best efforts at educating patients, community involvement and by using increasingly expensive traditional marketing tools, such as the phone book, print advertising and television/radio marketing." He goes on to inform the reader that Social Digital Media can be a major force in informing the public about the eye problems they have and how COVD members can treat these problems. Other articles by practice management experts discuss Staff Problems: Proficiency or Attitude (by Mark R. Wright, OD, FCOVD), and Doctor-Staff Relations: Don't Underestimate the Power of "Hello", (by Toni Bristol).
The editorial section features two editorials. In the first editorial, DMM Scope of Practice Data Series: Ophthalmology, Dr. Dominick M. Maino, OVD editor, offers a satirical look at the American Medical Association's Scope of Practice Series. Dr. Maino takes a serious but sardonic view and turns the tables on the AMA. Read this editorial and then express your concerns to the AMA and the doctors they serve that perhaps cooperation with other professions best serve the patient's interest.
In the second editorial, Optometric Vision Therapy: More Than Meets the Eye, Susan Barry, Ph.D., writes about her and other's journeys in gaining binocular vision (learning to see in 3D). "Changing the whole way you see the world can bring with it great joy but can also be overwhelming, confusing, and frightening," states Barry. She also writes, "We needed a place where we could express our anger against all our old doctors who had told us that our vision could not improve or that our compromised vision was 'good enough.'" If you or someone you know has difficulty watching the new 3D movies, be sure to read this editorial. It may help you understand why.
Dr. John Streff was an optometric pioneer in the area of functional and behavioral optometry. OVD celebrates and honors his lifetime of achievements.
About Optometry & Vision Development
Optometry & Vision Development (OVD) is a peer-reviewed open access journal indexed in the online Directory of Open Access Journals. The full text of these articles is available free from http://www.covd.org/. OVD is an official publication of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Any questions may be addressed to the editor, Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-949-7282.
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 visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists, and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, optometric vision therapy, and COVD please visit http://www.covd.org/ or call 888.268.3770.
Comments: We see what we expect to see. We do not notice what we do not expect to see. DM