Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pediatric Visual Impairment

Famous Finnish ophthalmologist, Lea Hyvärinen, MD (left), lectured at the recent College of Optometrists in Vision Development international meeting in Texas. She was also celebrating the publication of her new book on children with severe visual problems. Before it's publication, Lea (as she is affectionately known) asked me (right) to review and make suggestions about the soon to be published work. It was my honor to do so.

The text, What and How Does this Child See? is co-authored by Lea and Namita Jacob. It is available from Good-lite and several other sources for about $95.00 USD. For your $95.00 you receive not only the book but also a CD with a digital version of the book and many of the great PowerPoint presentations and videos Lea has produced over the years. What is really awesome is that you can freely use these videos in your own presentations.

 Good-lite was kind enough to donate a copy of the book to the Illinois College of Optometry's Student Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association group so that we could raffle it off to raise money to support all the activities of SNORA (I'm their faculty adviser). I then asked Lea to autograph the book....which she did gladly!

This is a text that should be on anyone's shelf who works with children with visual impairment. Go to the Good-lite website and buy it now! (I have no financial interest in the book).

On the same topic, I am also pleased to announce the Second Annual American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment
on Friday, April 12, 2013        7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center   8200 Dodge St. Omaha, Nebraska

Expert panelists include:

Linda Baker Nobles, MS, OTR
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alan Lantzy, MD
Vice Chairperson, Department of Pediatrics
Neonatologist, Western Pennsylvania Hospital
and Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh

Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, Illinois Eye
Institute/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago

Lyons Family Eye Care, Chicago

Christine Roman Lantzy, Ph.D.

Director, Pediatric View Program, The Western
Pennsylvania Hospital; CVI Consultant, The American Printing House for the Blind Educational Consultant, Pittsburgh

Contact Sara Olsen at 402.955.6070 for more information.



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