Saturday, October 15, 2011

You Can Help Your Patients See 3-D

If you attended my lecture at the American Academy of Optometry meeting on 3D Vision Syndrome: A Technologically Driven Visual Impairment, you may remember that I told you the Review of Optometry was going to publish a paper written by me on this very topic. Well, they did.

The reference is Maino D. You Can Help Your Patients See 3-D. Rev Optom 2011;148(10):54-63.

The hard copy just came out....unfortunately they haven't published this online just yet....I will let you know when they do so. DM

Friends, Mentors and Research at the AAO

One of the major reasons to go to the American Academy of Optometry meeting is to meet with  friends and to present research. The gentle-man on the left has been both a friend and mentor for many years. Dr. Al Rosenbloom was President/Dean of the Illinois College of Optometry when I was a student. From those early days.....up to the present day, Dr. Rosenbloom is and continues to be a friend, mentor and a non-stop inspiration to many within the field of optometry. He is an internationally recognized expert on vision anomalies of seniors and low vision/vision rehabilitation, publishes his articles in various journals, and continues to lecture around the world.                                             
Now the 3 most handsome gentlemen on the left in the next picture (Drs. Dominick Maino, Darrell Schlange, and Brian Caden) are shown presenting their research poster (we evaluated  several oculomotor diagnostic devices) during the AAO meeting. Dr. Schlange is the guru of eye movements at the Illinois College of Optometry while Dr. Caden somehow manages not to loose any of our students...who we send out he manages ICO's student externship program. Both are my friends, colleagues and mentors...and have been so for many years. It was a pleasure to present this research in collaboration with such great folks. DM

FB's at the AAO Meeting

At the Illinois College of Optometry reception, held last night during the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Boston, I was honored to be the "official photographer" for this event. Most often I am behind and not in front of the camera, but when Dr. Barbara Horn (a Facebook Friend/Buddie of mine) came to the reception, I just had to have a picture taken with her.

Dr. Horn is Michigan's 2011 Optometrist of the Year. She has held almost every position you can think of within the American Optometric Association and is currently on the AOA Board of Trustees. Oh, did I forget to mention she is in private practice and has represented optometry in the media numerous times?

Optometry is lucky to have her representing the profession...and I'm lucky to have her as a FB! DM

Glasses Helpful as Treatment in Strabismic Amblyopia

....Glasses as ... therapy can improve and even resolve the vision of children with strabismic and combined strabismic-anisometropic amblyopia, according to research published online September 29 in Ophthalmology. The finding should encourage clinicians to consider prescribing glasses until their patients stop improving, before resorting to patches or atropine, first author Susan Cotter, OD, MS.....

Comments: For many of us involved in pediatrics/binocular has been no secret that a simple pair of glasses can be an effective therapeutic device. My friend and colleague, Dr. Sue Cotter...definitely supports the use of glasses as therapeutic very nicely. We can always then use patchers, atropine and optometric vision therapy to improve outcomes even more! DM

Friday, October 14, 2011

Are you Looking for Apps to improve Vision Development?

Apps for vision development. Click on Sovoto to learn more.

JBO Now Online!

For a look a this issue of the JBO Click Here!

Preparing for the Lecture

 It is 10:16 AM as I post this....but at 2PM in Boston I will be standing in front of what I hope will be a full house of docs waiting to learn all about 3D Vision Syndrome during the American Academy of Optometry meeting. I spent some time last evening "tweaking" and reviewing my presentation. I spent time this AM reviewing my presentation.

It is an honor to speak at the AAO...and, like all presenters, I want to provide cutting edge information to those in the audience. I will be presenting information that docs can use to improve patient care and to expand the boundaries of the care they offer within their clinical setting.

If you attended today's lecture...all feedback is most welcome! Just to make sure I do my best as soon as I post this...I'm reviewing my PowerPoint one more time! DM

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ICO Presents Research at AAO 2011!

 Drs. Dominick Maino, Darrell Schlange, and Brian Caden (Left to Right) presented their research at the 2001 AAO meeting in Boston. They investigated the latest technological tools that assess oculomotor function. Dr. Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute, Dr. Schlange and Dr. Caden are Associate Professors at ICO/IEI in Peds/BV as well. Over the past couple of years they have frequently collaborated on a number of projects.
On Friday (10/14/11) Dr. Maino will be lecturing at the AAO on the topic of 3D Vision Syndrome: A Technological Driven Visual Impairment at 2pm in room 310. If you are at the Academy meeting, please drop in. DM

Groundbreaking 3D Vision Eye Clinic Opens

Pacific University's College of Optometry and THX hCVHforces to launch a facility.... that will provide diagnosis, treatment and research.

D is for Disney, times three

(Maybe Mike, from "Monsters, Inc.," looks so sad because he realizes 3-D doesn't do you any good if you don't have binocular vision.)....

Visual Diagnosis and Care of he Patient with Special Needs

I have been asked by many over the years, if I had planned an update to my Diagnosis and Management of Special Populations text which was originally published by Mosby and is currently re-printed by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

Well, something even better has occurred! You may have noticed that two of my colleagues, Drs. Marc Taub and Mary Bartuccio, as well as I, have all been lecturing and writing on the topic of patients with special needs since my original book was published. We decided to get together to write/edit a brand new book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs, which we are hoping will be published sometime in 2012 by Lippincott (a tentative mock up of the cover is below).

This book has chapters by internationally well know authors and researchers such as  Margaret Woodhouse,PhD, BSc, FSMC, Senior Lecturer, Optometry and Vision Sciences Cardiff University (a leading authority on the Down Syndrome); Elizabeth M. Berry-Kravis, MD, PhD, Professor, Rush University Medical Center (acknowledged as an internationally recognized expert on Fragile X Syndrome), and Susan Barry, PhD, Professor of Biological Science, Mount Holyoke College, as well as several other chapters written by a whole host of incredible clinicians, researchers, and authors very well known to you (ie Cuifredda, Coulter, Steele, Harris and many more!)

Watch here for more news as to when this incredible text (OK, OK... I admit I am just a bit biased!) will become available. DM

AAO Day 2!

What a wonderful meeting. I heard that almost 5000 folks are attending the American Academy of Optometry meeting here in Boston. Today I am doing a poster....and later attending a sig meeting on Traumatic Brain Injury. Lots of other  "stuff" will occur through-out the day as well!

If you are at the AAO seek me out and say Hi! DM

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Raising Investment In Early Childhood Development Programs Is A Highly Cost-Effective Strategy Research Shows

Raising Investment In Early Childhood Development Programs Is A Highly Cost-Effective Strategy Research Shows

....."The estimated benefit of investment in improving just one component of early childhood development, preschool enrollment, suggests that increasing preschool attendance to 25% could generate US$10.6 billion while a 50% increase could generate US$33.7 billion, with a benefit-to-cost ratio estimated to range from 6.4 to 17.6 (depending on the projected percentage of children attending preschool, 25% or 50%)".....

Your Lucky Day!

Let's say you have wisely chosen to go to the American Academy of Optometry meeting this week...and you have been filling your brain with outstanding optometric education from guys like me (You are attending my lecture on Friday at 2PM right?) you are now rewarding yourself with a wonderful meal at a great Boston restaurant.

Suddenly you begin chocking AND having a heart attack!

But wait! This is your lucky day (lucky?) Because I am at the table right next to yours and have recently demonstrated my competence in CPR. (See pic below). I save your life and you are now able to return to the AAO meeting so that your brain can continue to absorb top notch education.

Ah yes....just all in a day's work for an optometric educator! (;-}>

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Improving The Understanding Of "Shaken Baby" Syndrome

Improving The Understanding Of "Shaken Baby" Syndrome

"The most common symptoms associated with AHT include vomiting, poor feeding, fever, irritability, lethargy, bruising, swelling and bone fractures. In severe cases of injury, brain and retinal haemorrhages were also found to occur. My research revealed that 30 percent of infants who experienced severe AHT died of their injuries. Those who survive are often left with lifelong disability."...

1 In 10 American Parents Not Following Recommended Kids' Vaccination Schedule

1 In 10 American Parents Not Following Recommended Kids' Vaccination Schedule

More than 1 out of 10 parents of young children in the United States follow an "alternative vaccination schedule" rather than the officially recommended one, according to a new study from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which also suggests more parents are likely to follow. You can read about the study in a paper published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. .....

Brain Development Doesn't Stop At Adolescence As Once Thought

Brain Development Doesn't Stop At Adolescence As Once Thought

....The human brain doesn't stop developing at adolescence, but continues well into our 20s, .... It has been a long-held belief in medical communities that the human brain stopped developing in adolescence. But now there is evidence that this is in fact not the case, ....

Monday, October 10, 2011

AAO: 3D Vision Syndrome Slides & Handouts

 I will be lecturing this week at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Boston, MA. If you plan on coming, feel free to take a look at this as a pre-view of my presentation. If you can't make it to the AAO this year (shame on ya!) but still want to learn a bit about 3D vision....and what happens when an individual has trouble appreciating simulated 3D...please either download my lecture handout or review my PowerPoint slides. All feedback is welcome. Feel free to let me know how I can make this presentation better! DM

3D Vision Syndrome: A Technologically Induced Visual Impairment

Handouts PDF

ICO Invites Applicants for VP/Dean of Academic Affairs

AAO BVPPO Schedule of Events: Be There!

If you are going to the American Academy of Optometry Meeting  next week then come to the AAO BVPPO
 Evening Symposium on Wednesday, October 12th

7:30 PM, Evening Symposium, "Pediatric Ocular Disease" co-sponsored by the BVPPO and Disease Sections

...and on...
Thursday, October 13th

8:30 PM, Members Diplomates Dessert Reception BVPPO Section

Friday, October 14th
12:15-1:15 PM, Section Business Meeting

1:15-1:45 PM, Diplomate Meeting ** REINSTATED**

2:00-2:50 PM, **NEW**Diplomate Consultation Hours

3:00-5:00 PM, BVPPO Section Symposium, "Pediatric Ocular Disease"

5:00-6:00, **NEW**Diplomate Consultation Hours