Saturday, May 14, 2011

Impaired eye movements in post-concussion syndrome indicate suboptimal brain function

Impaired eye movements in post-concussion syndrome indicate suboptimal brain function beyond the influence of depression, malingering or intellectual ability

.....Measurement of oculomotor function may be of value in PCS cases with a high symptom load  but an otherwise unremarkable assessment profile. Routine oculomotor testing should be feasible in centres with existing access to this technology......

Comments: Click on the title above for a free full text PDF of this paper. DM

Strabismus in Pediatric Lens Disorders

......The authors believe it is imperative that great attention should be given to ocular alignment in addition to management of refractive error and intense amblyopia therapy during long-term follow-up.....

Friday, May 13, 2011

First Annual Hays-Haine Family Scholarship Continuing Education Symposium

First Annual Hays-Haine Family Scholarship   Continuing Education Symposium
Saturday, June 11, 2011   10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Western University Campus, Health Education Center, Classroom A

6 hours of COPE approved CE - $150.00 fee

§ Neuro Grand Rounds presented by Dr. Hani Ghazi-Birry, OD

§ The Criticality of IOP in Glaucoma presented by Dr. Christopher Lievens, OD

§ Anterior Segment Grand Rounds presented by Dr. Linda Casser, OD

Pre-registration is required. Please go to to register.

May is Healthy Vision Month

......Millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and conditions. HVM is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the Nation by promoting the importance of early detection and treatment, as well as the use of proper eye safety practices, in preventing vision loss and blindness......

Comments: Get you family's eyes examined by an optometrist today! DM

Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry

Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry

Academy 2011 Boston is right around the corner! Come explore the latest optometric discoveries and learn how you can use them to more effectively treat and diagnose your patients. Registration is now open; register now for the best rates and to reserve a room at your desired hotel.

These are just a few of the many benefits of attending this year's meeting:

Up to 34 hours of unparalleled education in 4 days
Wide variety of topics from 3D Vision Sydrome, glaucoma to low vision to systemic & ocular disease
18 workshops offering hands-on learning
Networking opportunities in the exhibit hall and the lecture halls
Catch up with old friends and make new friends

For more information, please check out the program preview.

Please note that the Scientific Program submission window will close May 31. For guidelines, visit here.

Where & When

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
October 12-15, 2011

Quesitons contact:

Comments: You might have noticed that the topic of 3D Vision Syndrome was highlighted. I'm sure it was just an oversight by the AAO, but of course, they would have mentioned that I was lecturing at this wonderful meeting and that my topic was the cutting edge topic of 3D Vision Syndrome!!

Seriously now...I am indebted to the AAO for choosing my course. It is my understanding that only 23% of the courses submitted were chosen for this meeting. I am honored to have been chosen and will do all I can to make sure my presentation is as awesome as I can make it!! Thanks AAO. See you all there! BTW I should mention that the last day of the meeting, 10/15/11 is my birthday. No gifts are expected! [$$$ is always nice] (;-}> DM

Influence of Blood Pressure on Retinal Vascular Caliber in Young Children

.....In very young children 4 to 5 years of age, higher systolic BP was associated with narrower retinal arterioles and wider retinal venules. This suggests that elevated BP may affect the retinal microvasculature from early childhood......

Optometry & Vision Development and AAO Fellowship

The American Academy of Optometry now specifically states that Optometry & Vision Development (OVD) is considered a peer reviewed publication for their AAO Clinical and Scientific Candidate Point System towards Fellowship.

As the editor of OVD, I want to invite all of you to write clinically oriented research and patient care articles in the areas of refraction, public health, pediatrics, binocular vision, optometric vision therapy, acquired/traumatic brain injury, developmental disability and practically anything that deals with vision function.....and then submit this to me ( for peer review and hopefully...eventual publication.
We accept for review....clinically relevant research articles, case reports, topic reviews, book reviews, and editorials....

Optometry & Vision Development publishes quarterly, so the sooner you send those articles to me ... the sooner you will see them in print and can use them towards your AAO Fellowship.

OVD is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals with FREE and immediate online access available at

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Editor, Optometry & Vision Development
Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence in Medicine, Recipient
Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision
President, Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Association
Alumni Trustee, Illinois College of Optometry Board of Trustees
Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Il. 60616 312-949-7280 (Phone) (Email)

Northwest Optometric Associates (Private Practice)
4970 H. Harlem Ave. Harwood Heights, Il 60706 708-867-7838


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Observing Children After Blow To The Head

.....Clinicians noted that 5,433 patients (14 percent) were observed before making a decision on computed tomography (CT) use. After adjusting for head injury severity, the CT rate was lower in observed patients than those not observed.....

Vision and 3D 5th Annual Research Conference Pacific University College of Optometry

    Mark your Calendar   5th Annual Research Conference

         Vision and 3D

June 1 - 3, 2011

Pacific University College of Optometry
Jefferson Hall
Forest Grove, Oregon

The virtual 3D environment provides many unique challenges to the visual system, including vision and/or vertigo-related symptoms. There is much yet to be known about the interaction between the human visual system and the virtual 3D environment created by 3D displays. Our primary research objective is to gain an understanding of the major underlying causes of either a poor viewing experience or health-related symptoms, and to be able to guide clinical care and the 3D industry to optimal solutions.

The fifth annual Research Conference brings together representatives from industry, research and academia to present the current studies that will guide the future of 3D.

Monday, May 9, 2011

ICO Alumni Reception at the AOA in Salt Lake City

Calling All Illinois College of Optometry Alumni

Mark Your Calendars - You Are Invited!

Join us at the ICO alumni reception hosted by ICO's President, Dr. Arol Augsburger during the American Optometric Association meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The reception will be held Friday, June 17th, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., in the Envoy Salon at the Grand America Hotel.

We will offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages during this business-casual social gathering.

As the ICO Alumni Council President.....I will be there to welcome you as well. So come on down...see colleagues you haven't seen in ages....catch up on old times....and the new times....share stories....have fun..

See you there!


Ocular Manifestations of Inherited Disease

I just found this wonderful FREE resource. Please note that that I just found out that this free resource is available only to ICO faculty and students. Click on the title above for this text in PDF format. DM

Primary Medication Non-Adherence: Analysis of 195,930 Electronic Prescriptions

.....Many e-prescriptions were not filled. Previous studies of medication non-adherence failed to capture these prescriptions. Efforts to increase primary adherence could dramatically improve the effectiveness of medication therapy. Interventions that target specific medication classes may be most effective....

Comments: Compliance with doctors recommendations has always been known to be terrible. This is even true with e-prescribing. Our patients need to do what we ask of do we make sure they do it? DM

Hundreds Of Herbal Medicines Taken Off The Market In European Union

.....As a move to protect its citizens from potentially damaging side-effects, hundreds of over-the-counter herbal medications have been banned as new European Union regulations come into force. From now on, only herbal medications that are licensed, well established, or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner are allowed to be sold.....

Sunday, May 8, 2011

9% Of American Infants Given Teas And Dietary Herbal Supplements

....Very young babies are commonly given dietary botanical supplements and teas in the United States.....Babies who were breast fed for a long time, as well as those of Hispanic mothers and mothers who regularly used herbal products, were much more likely to be given DBS or teas.....

It was 1978 and....

It was 1978 and Dominick & Joseph Maino were just about to graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dominick would be ICO's very first Pediatric/Binocular Vision Resident and Joseph would only be but the 4th optometry resident at the Kansas City VA Hospital....and the rest is history! DM