Saturday, June 11, 2011

Healthy Eyes for Baby

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fusional Convergence in Childhood Intermittent Exotropia

Children with intermittent XT have subnormal convergence reserves at distance. The fusion reserve ratio correlates well with control and may be useful in grading the severity of intermittent XT.

World report on disability

.....The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. .....People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners......

Comments: Click on the title above to learn more. Click here to get the whole report free. DM

AOA’s 3-D partnerships highlight public health, awareness of need for eye care

.......The AOA’s campaign to ensure that a public health message is part of the hoopla over 3-D has resulted in hundreds of stories in the media and has helped the association build partnerships with people in the information technology, film making and entertainment industries.

The campaign continues AOA’s 3-D education effort from last spring, tied to the release of the 3-D movie “Avatar,” which broke all box office records. The campaign included Dominick M. Maino, O.D., MEd,  FAAO, FCOVD-A, discussing binocular vision and stereopsis.....

All about OVD vol 42 #2

AURORA, Ohio, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several works of Dr. John Streff, who was a pioneer in the field of developmental and behavioral optometry, a clinician-researcher at the Gesell Institute of Child Development, as well as a noted author and lecturer are being re-printed in the latest issue of Optometry & Vision Development to honor the many accomplishments of this incredible gentleman. The articles cover everything from Streff Syndrome to optometric care of the child with autism; from lens applications in myopia to plano prisms and more.

Current leaders in the profession including Dr. Arol Augsburger, President of the Illinois College of Optometry (Dr. Streff's alma mater), Dr. Glen Steele (Professor at the Southern College of Optometry and long time colleague of Dr. Streff) and Dr. Dominick Maino (editor of Optometry & Vision Development) write about the life and times of Dr. Streff and his many contributions to the profession of optometry. When pressed for one outstanding attribute that Dr. Streff had, Jackie Haine, a contemporary of Dr. Streff while at the Gesell Institute said, "His warmth. He was very Santa Clause-like in his warmth, his caring, his smile and his overall approach to all he accomplished." Read these outstanding articles and understand developmental optometry and the man who inspired many of us just a little bit better.

This issue of Optometry & Vision Development also includes an editorial that chides medicine for its bipolar approach to developmental optometry, a review of the literature on accommodation, and practice management articles on how to put an electronic health records system into your office, how to handle difficult situations and how to build that ideal vision therapy practice.

Don't miss reading a single page of this issue of Optometry &Vision Development by going to today.

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, 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 or call 888.268.3770 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            888.268.3770      end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE
COVD Executive Director
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Read Optometry & Vision Development vol42 #2 Online Right Now!

Read Optometry & Vision Development 42-2 Online

Mistakes Were Made (Yes by You!)
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, Editor

Dr. John Streff: ICO Foundations
by Arol Augsburger, OD, MS, FAAO

What Was So Special?
by Brenda Heinke Montecalvo, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

Remembering John Streff
by Glen T. Steele, OD

John Streff - A Photographic Tribute

Dr. John Streff at the Gesell Institute
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Visual Skill Areas
by John W. Streff, OD

Optometric Care for a Child Manifesting Qualities of Autism
by John W. Streff, OD

Optical Effects of "Plano" Prisms with Curved Surfaces
by John W. Streff, OD

Application of Lenses for the Myopic Individual
by Richard J. Apell, OD, and John W. Streff, OD

Retinoscopy Measurement Differences as a Variable of Technique
by John W. Streff, OD and Verne E. Claussen, OD

Viewpoints: The Value of Observation

Literature Review
Current Eye & Vision Science Literature
Review by David A. Goss, OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Practice Management
Deep Dive Drill Down into an EHR Implementation Roadmap
by Christopher Grant

Handling Difficult and Awkward Situations
by Toni Bristol

"Building Your Ideal VT Practice" Part 3 Starting and Growing a Therapy-Only Office
by Thomas Lecoq, Amee Lecoq


Optometric Vision Therapy: Hart Chart Accommodative Rock

This video demonstrates how to do the Hart Chart Accommodative Rock optometric vision therapy technique. This therapy procedure is typically used (under the guidance of your family optometrist) at home to improve focusing ability.

This video may be used freely for any non-commercial purposes. DM

AOA Sports Vision Video

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Journal of Clinical Medicine Research: New Jounal

Journal Title: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
    ISSN:  1918-3003 (print), 1918-3011 (electronic)
    Archive includes: v. 2 (2010).  Current and earlier content is forthcoming and will have no delay.

Dr. Robert L. Johnson: Optometrist and so much more (1930-2010)

The  AOA asked me to write a brief column about my colleague Dr. Robert on the title to read it all. DM

Robert L. Johnson, O.D., was a true pioneer in optometry, a community leader and a man of great faith. I had an opportunity to meet and talk to him at several meetings over the years and to have an opportunity to know him even better through his daughter, Dr. Stephanie Johnson-Brown who was a classmate of mine at the Illinois College of Optometry......

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fusional Convergence in Childhood Intermittent Exotropia

......Children with intermittent XT have subnormal convergence reserves at distance. The fusion reserve ratio correlates well with control and may be useful in grading the severity of intermittent XT.....

Journal of Rehabillitation Research & Development

The latest issue of JRRD is now available free! Click on the title above to see what's in this issue. DM

33% of Children have not had an Eye Exam!


3-D vision resources abound for optometrists

.......As use of 3-D media increases, practicing optometrists should be ready to provide appropriate care for patients with 3-D related vision problems or readily refer them for care. Many practitioners may be looking for ways to better inform their communities about 3-D problems or better educate patients who report such problems.

The AOA and other organizations are working to increase public awareness of 3-D vision, help practitioners maintain the  professional expertise necessary to provide state-of-the art stereoscopic vision care, and assist manufacturers in improving 3-D products.

Below are selected resources that may be of interest to practitioners as the popularity of 3-D technology increases.......

Commnets: Click on the title above for all the info. DM

Monday, June 6, 2011

Legos are Back

..... I remember being impressed my older brother’s Lego building abilities as a kid. His creations were always far superior to my little villages with their trees and houses. I can chalk some of it up to the 7-year age gap, but it’s also because he understood some of the basic building techniques that Lego’s Master Builders use to sculpt their fantastic models. ...

Kevin Chauvette, CD!

Leap of Fate is a collaboration of NH award winning singer songwriter, Kevin Chauvette and NH Hall of Fame guitar player, John Paul. Putting their skills together in this project of pop, jazz and contemporary Christian music has resulted in their first CD, "Off the Beaten Path". Currently three of their songs are being considered by Michael Buble for his next project and one other song has been chosen for a major cable TV Movie.
Kevin Chauvette, a four time NH Country music award winner, has had original music played internationally. John Paul has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and given the title of "NH's best guitar player". Together they are "Leap of Fate" and their release CD "Off the Beaten Path" may be just the beginning. 

He is a colleague of mine ....DM

Pediatric orbital floor fractures

.....Our understanding of pediatric orbital floor fractures continues to evolve. For young patients with symptomatic diplopia with positive forced ductions, soft tissue entrapment confirmed by computed axial tomography, and/or trapdoor fracture plus restricted ocular movement, having surgery within 2-5 days has been shown to result in better postoperative outcomes. It is recommended that surgery be considered within 48 hours of diagnosis. Long-term prospective studies are still needed to further characterize orbital floor fractures in children....

Healthy Eyes for Baby

Putting Current Research into Practice

....It may take as long as one or two decades for original research to be put into routine clinical practice. Thus, the translation of research findings into sustainable improvements in clinical practice and patient outcomes remains a substantial obstacle to improving the quality of health care.....

Comments: It may take decades for research to be applied to patient care by a primary health care provider. Decades! Shame on all health care providers. Shame on all teachers of health care providers (me included) for not teaching our students better. Shame on all researchers who do not clearly state why what they found is important to the clinician and their patients and shame on patients who do not demand that their doctors keep up with and utilize the most current research in their approach to patient care. This should not be allowed to stand! (BTW even more shame on those doctors who know the current research....especially in the area of binocular vision diagnosis and treatment) but refuse to use this knowledge for improving the care of their patients because they "don't believe, don't like, or don't practice" that methodology of treatment. This paper is available free as a pdf by clicking on the title above.

For additional great thoughts on this subject, pleasee go to

and watch for Optometry & Vision Development vol 42 #2 and read the editorial
Maino D. Mistakes were made (Yes by you!). Optom Vis Dev 2011;42(2) at

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hemolytic uremic syndrome cases mounting in Germany E. coli outbreak

....“The outbreak has developed very rapidly, and an unusually high number of cases affect adults — 86% are in people aged 18 years or older — particularly women (67%),” WHO officials wrote in the release. “Nevertheless, cases have also been reported in school-aged children. The unusual E. coli serogroup O104 is suspected of being the pathogen likely to be associated with this outbreak.”....

Vision Screening Not Being Done

Comments: Vision screenings are not being screenings have outcomes so poor researchers can't tell if they do what they are supposed to do...or not. DM

PHOTO: Eileen Parker was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, sometimes called high-functioning autism, at age 41. The Schillings' Journey With Asperger's Auto Start: On | Off Share Post a Comment Print Single Page Text Size - / + By KATIE MOISSE May 25, 2011 Eileen Parker was 41 years old when she discovered her quirky, misunderstood behavior had a name: Asperger's. The syndrome, which is marked by impaired social interaction and sensory overload, joins other neurological disorders on the autism spectrum. And for Parker, the label came as a relief. "It opened up my world," said Parker, who is now 45. "Having been on the outside, I all of sudden found I was on the inside with millions of other people." Parker said the Asperger's diagnosis, which is used interchangeably with high-functioning autism, made it easier for her to get along with others -- even her husband and their four kids. "They could finally understand why I was a certain way. They said, 'Oh, that's why you're like that.'" The American Psychiatric Association formalized the diagnosis of Asperger's in 1994, 50 years after it was first described by Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger. But the association plans to remove the term "Asperger's" from its new diagnostic manual, set for release in 2013 -- a decision that has sparked criticism from advocacy groups. "When the term 'Asperger's' started to get used, it was a tremendous relief for families of children and adults with the syndrome. They finally had a name for what was going on; they could finally understand what the struggle in their lives was about," said Dania Jekel, executive director of the Asperger's Association of New England. "My worry is that we'll go back 16 years to a time when folks with Asperger's syndrome will not be recognized." PHOTO: Eileen Parker was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, sometimes called high-functioning autism, at age 41. Photo taken by Jennifer Lentz Eileen Parker was diagnosed with Asperger's... View Full Size Early Detection of Autism Watch Video Autism and Digestive Distress Watch Video Autism Risk Factors Watch Video But members of the American Psychiatric Association's Neurodevelopment Disorders Workgroup, the group spearheading the change, said removing the term "Asperger's" from its manual and instead refering to it as an autism spectrum disorder will help focus the diagnosis on an individual's special skills and needs at that moment in time. "The Asperger's distinction is based on early language delay, but many people come in as adults and have difficulty reporting this reliably," said Francesca Happe, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and a member of the workgroup."We have known for years that autism is a spectrum, which is enormously heterogeneous. ... There is no good basis to distinguish Asperger's from high-functioning autism. The distinction doesn't make scientific sense." The term "high-functioning" refers to language and intellectual ability -- skills that set Asperger's apart from other disorders on the spectrum. But Jekel worries that removing the term "Asperger's" might open the door for misinterpreting it as just a mild form of autism. "For many, Asperger's is not mild," she said. "If you have an IQ that's fairly high and you're verbal, people expect you to be like everyone else and get along in the world. But this is something that really can be very, very difficult for people to live with." In response to an invitation for public comment on the proposed change, Jekel asked that "Asperger's" continue to be used as a descriptive word for a specific region of the spectrum. "My hope is to have a name not only for Asperger's but for other parts of the spectrum, too," she said. "I think we're lucky to already have a name, and I'd like to see that continued so that families and educators can continue to use this word." Happe said people are free to continue using the word as a descriptor, acknowledging that it has raised awareness that a person can be on the spectrum of autism disorders and have higher functions. "When someone uses the term, I know what they mean," she said. "It's a sort of an exemplar-based category." 1 | 2 Next Page More from ABC News Big Changes for Psychiatrist's 'Bible' After High School, Autistic Kids Left Hanging Autism Spectrum Disorders: Another Rise? There Is No 'Autism Epidemic': UK Study Early Detection of Autism Autism and Digestive Distress More Video » From Around the Web Worried About Your Memory? 5 Signs It's Not Serious ( Lyme Disease Can Be Prevented. Here's How ( Are You an ADHD Adult? 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....members of the American Psychiatric Association's Neurodevelopment Disorders Workgroup, the group spearheading the change, said removing the term "Asperger's" from its manual and instead referring to it as an autism spectrum disorder will help focus the diagnosis on an individual's special skills and needs at that moment in time....