Saturday, January 1, 2011

Additional stories about the Nintendo 3D Warning

Nintendo warns children under six not to play console in 3D as it may harm their eyesight

Read more:

Nintendo warns children about 3-D games: Read the Story & Watch the Video. "Dr. George T. Frangieh of EyeCare Specialists in Norwood and Jamaica Plain say Nintendo's warning is medically unfounded. "The 3-D games, there's no medical evidence that this will affect the development of the binocular system in kids ... At this stage there is no evidence that this will affect their development" for the better or worse."

 3D Video Games Could Be Harmful To Your Child

 ...and more!

Comments: Instead of scaring parents, Nintendo (and all makers of 3D technology and content) should use this technology as a public health vision screening tool. 

 By telling parents to watch their children and by asking the child the right questions while playing 3D games...parents may uncover binocular vision problems they did not know existed..and then these companies would become "heroes" to the parents...instead of "monsters" who make products that can hurt their child!

  Calling all marketing not scare your potential customers away! Join with organizations such as the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and find those consumers who have problems appreciating your products. Then once the problem is diagnosed and treated....these consumers will then be able to enjoy this new technology and the 3D company will be recognized as an organization that really cares about their customers! DM

The Nintendo 3DS Will Destroy Children's Eyeballs (No, Really)

Gizmodo put out the info that Nintendo "has issued a warning that kids under six shouldn't use the 3DS's 3D mode because their vision is still "in the development stage," and the way that stereoscopic 3D works, delivering different images to each eyeball, "has a potential impact on the growth of children's eyes." Sony's also noted that kids under six shouldn't play 3D games without being examined by their eye doctor first...."

Comment: If you understand Japanese, you can read the actual warning by clicking here: Otherwise click on the title above and go to the GIZMODO page.

I like the fact that Sony says to have kids eyes examined...this is good...Nintendo's warning...if you can believe the "machine translation".... is completely ridiculous. A 6 year old's visual system....if it is operating as it should....will have no problems with any 3D content nor should this affect the child's vision development as far as we is important to recognized that up to 6% of the population (18+ million) people either have amblyopia (lazy eye) and/or strabismus. If that 6 y/o has these problems or other binocular vision dysfunctions such as convergence insufficiency...yes, then there will be problems...even 3D Vision Syndrome may be present. For more information go to the AOA and COVD websites and type in 3D, convergence insufficiency, vision therapy, etc. in the search boxes. (You can do the same in the search box of this blog). DM

$5.6M loan OK'd for school of optometry

...The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) recently approved a $5.6 million loan for the development of a college of optometry in Buchanan County.....

Higher education: New college will create 66 jobs

 A county that has already successfully launched the Appalachian School of Law and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy is preparing to grow again with the proposed Appalachian College of Optometry....

 Comments: We do not need yet another college of optometry. What could they be thinking? DM

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Convergence Insufficiency in Patients Visiting Eye OPD with Headache

Forty-nine percent of the patients aged 20-49 years in this study who were evaluated presented with convergence insufficiency. Other studies have found that roughly 3 in 5 (60.4%) of young adult patients complaining of blurring of vision at near work and headache suffered from convergence insufficiency (Dragomir M, Trus L, Chirila D, Stinger C. Orthoptic treatment efficiency in convergence insufficiency treatment.Oftalmologia 2001, 53(3): 66-69.). This is not news since  Kratka found that 25% of a sample of 500 patients had exam findings indicative of convergence insufficiency way back in 1956 (Kratka, Z and Kratka, W. H; Convergence insufficiency: its frequency and importance. Am Orthoptic J 1956; 6: 72 – 73).

It certainly my hope that my OD and OMD colleagues start evaluating all who have headaches for the presence of binocular vision dysfunction....Headaches caused by vision problems are NOT rare if you look for them. The full text of this article is available by clicking on the title above. DM

ASCO Announces New Future Faculty Program

From ASCO News:

ASCO Announces New Future Faculty Program

ASCO is pleased to announce its new Future Faculty Program, funded by a generous grant from Walmart. The program’s goal is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to enhance their success in an optometric academic environment as career-long, productive faculty. This represents a major initiative by ASCO to address its strategic priority for faculty promotion and development.

This highly competitive program will be offered to 15 graduate students in its first year, with plans to expand the following year. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time graduate program at an ASCO member institution and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in academic optometry.

As co-chairs, Shilpa Register, OD, MS, FAAO, and David Troilo, PhD, FAAO, will develop and implement the program. It will be centered on the unique and important issues that graduate students face as they embark on a career in optometric education. Participants will be aided in this process by the program leadership and assigned mentors.

The Future Faculty Program will be held in conjunction with ASCO’s highly successful Summer Institute for Faculty Development, July 16-17, 2011 at the Eric P. Newman Center of the University of Washington Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Applications will be available to the schools and colleges of optometry in January 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Latest Research Featured in Optometry & Vision Development

 AURORA, Ohio, Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The latest edition of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development journal, Optometry & Vision Development, features the latest in eye and vision care research that was presented at its annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico this fall.
During this meeting, John Shelley-Tremblay, PhD, an associate professor of Psychology at the University of South Alabama, noted that positive gains in oral reading fluency were obtained when using the Perception Attention Therapy for Harmony (PATH) program for children exhibiting a reading disability and that brain function (Visual Evoked Potentials) were altered as well. Vision researchers at the SUNY College of Optometry led by Dr. Barry Tannen, conducted a retrospective study using objective measures of reading speed and efficiency noting significant improvements in all measurement parameters and a reduction in symptoms in 93% of their subjects after a program of optometric vision therapy was conducted. Several papers presented also supported the role vision plays in learning noting that reading rate slows when subjects were asked to exert extra visual effort to maintain single vision when reading, vision therapy in schools improved symptoms and reading fluency, and that high school students in an inner-city Milwaukee school demonstrated a significant number of learning-related vision problems that could benefit from optometric vision therapy.
Optometry & Vision Development also features a paper by Dr. Michael Gallaway of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, on the use of the VERA vision screening system in a community setting. He notes that there is a need for a better school vision screening program and that the VERA system may meet this need.
Dr. Dominick Maino, the editor of Optometry & Vision Development, has commented on several studies in his blog, MainosMemos, that note research concerning school vision screening programs is so poor that we do not even know if they are effective or not. There is currently little in the way of evidence-based research to support the use of school screenings and yet school districts still use these programs. "What Dr. Gallaway has done," says Dr. Maino, "is to show a possible school vision screening methodology that has the potential to not only make appropriate determinations on who needs eye and vision care, but to also have the possibility of improving the quality of life of students who struggle academically due to learning-related vision problems." Dr. Gallaway has also published a companion article in Optometry, the journal of the American Optometric Association on this topic as well.
Other articles in Optometry & Vision Development include information on optometric vision therapy for sensory fusion disruption syndrome; the pediatric, vision therapy and rehabilitation programs at the Southern College of Optometry; and a review of current eye and vision science literature.

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 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 or 312-949-7282 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              312-949-7282      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

About COVD
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, 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, vision therapy and COVD, please visit or call 888.268.3770 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              888.268.3770      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Learning Related Vision Problems

....A vision screening test using an eye chart revealed that Andrew had 20/20 eyesight, and a private evaluation confirmed Andrew had no other academic or learning difficulties. But Licks remained convinced that her son's eyesight needed a more thorough investigation, and so she sought the help of an eye doctor who specializes in children's vision, known as a developmental optometrist .... Turns out, ...Andrew had a (correctable) eye coordination problem which was at the root of his reading struggles.....In fact, the American Optometric Association reports that 60 percent of students identified as "problem learners" have undetected vision problems. Many of these children have passed traditional school screenings because the results are based solely on the ability to read the all-familiar eye chart.....

Comments: When in doubt have your child evaluated by an optometrist who performs all the tests necessary to rule out learning related vision problems as a contributing factor to the child's school problems. To find such a doctor go to and search for a doctor in your area. DM