Friday, February 3, 2012

Protest Against Elsevier

 One of the problems many organizations have publishing is that Elsevier (and other large publishing companies) seem to have a strangle hold on academia. They can charge exorbitant fees...because...well, because they can. Previous publishing companies have been absorbed by bigger companies. The choice for organizations who want to publish a professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal is now minimal. It appears as if they have a monopoly on publishing. This is not acceptable. Those who are protesting this potential monopoly say Elsevier is emblematic of an abusive publishing industry. After reading this story, you might want to consider what is suggested by those protesting this 800 lb gorilla in the publishing room.
Click here if you would like to give constructive feedback to Elsevier.
 
Now having some concerns with Elsevier, I will say that working with Lippinott has been a pleasure. They are owned by Wolters Kluwer and are publishing my next book. See a part of the Elsevier story below. Then let Elsevier know what you think by clicking on the link above. DM


.....A protest against Elsevier, the world's largest scientific journal publisher, is rapidly gaining momentum since it began as an irate blog post at the end of January. By Tuesday evening, about 2,400 scholars had put their names to an online pledge not to publish or do any editorial work for the company's journals, including refereeing papers.
The boycott is growing so quickly—it had about 1,800 signers on Monday—that Elsevier officials on Tuesday broke their official silence to respond to protesters' accusations that they charge too much and support laws that will keep research findings bottled up behind a company paywall....

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Eye Exams and Your Cell Phone

Positive Response For Children With ADHD In Study Of Combination Therapy

Positive Response For Children With ADHD In Study Of Combination Therapy

 ....While pharmacologic agents have a demonstrated efficacy in children with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some children have suboptimal response to a single pharmacologic agent. A recent study ..... is the first randomized placebo-controlled trial designed to assess efficacy and safety of guanfacine extended release (GXR) as an adjunct to psychostimulants in children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD who had a suboptimal response to a psychostimulant alone.....

All Things 3D: COVDBlog


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Find a Doctor Certified in Optometric Vision Therapy


Do you need to locate a doctor who is certified in optometic vision therapy? Click here.

Effect of Age on Response to Amblyopia Treatment in Children

Effect of Age on Response to Amblyopia Treatment in Children
Amblyopia is more responsive to treatment among children younger than 7 years of age. Although the average treatment response is smaller in children 7 to less than 13 years of age, some children show a marked response to treatment.


Comment: Give it up already! What is wrong with those medical types anyway! Can't they see that amblyopia can be treated at any age? Can't they admit that optometry has been right all these years? OK...so it is easy to treat those who are younger...I get that...let's move on and admit that all can be helped no matter what the age! DM

The Number of Placebo Controlled, Double Blind, Prospective, and Randomized Strabismus Surgery Outcome Clinical Trials: None!

The Number of Placebo Controlled, Double Blind, Prospective, and Randomized Strabismus Surgery Outcome Clinical Trials: None!

I know I mentioned this editorial before....but it is worth mentioning again....yes, I wrote it...but that's not the reason I'm giving it a second showing here.

If you are in anyway involved in the eye care field .... read this article.... if you are a parent of a child with strabismus.... read this article.... if you are the individual who decides who gets reimbursed for various therapeutic procedures.... read this article. And then reconsider all you thought about strabismus surgery.... DM

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Four Reasons Why You Should NOT Operate First for Strabismus in Children

Four Reasons Why You Should NOT Operate First for Strabismus in Children

.....we believe parents should consider these four reasons why you should not operate first:

  1. Chances for vision improvement are far greater with vision therapy.  ....
  2. Risk factors are associated with surgery.  ....
  3. Vision therapy is non-invasive.  ....
  4. More operations may be necessary. ...
Comments: To read all about strabismus surgery outcomes....click on the title above. Also go to strabismus surgery outcomes on this blog and The Number of Placebo Controlled, Double Blind, Prospective, and Randomized Strabismus Surgery Outcome Clinical Trials: None! by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A in Optometry & Vision Development.

 

 

GEARS a 3D Virtual Learning Environment and Virtual Social and Educational World Used in Online Secondary Schools

GEARS a 3D Virtual Learning Environment and Virtual Social and Educational World Used in Online Secondary Schools

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are becoming increasingly popular in online education environments and have multiple pedagogical advantages over more traditional approaches to education. VLEs include 3D worlds where students can engage in simulated learning activities such as Second Life. .....However, to date, VLEs have been very limited in use for K-12 education. One option for secondary schools was developed by Game Environment Applying Real Skills (GEARS) and can be used in online or traditional schools. The 3D VLE is named ARC: The Impending Gale. ....... educational games focus on basic concepts in the three disciplines of math, social studies, and language arts. ..... National Network of Digital Schools: http://nndsonline.org/ Lincoln Interactive Curriculum: http://www.lincolninteractive.com/ Game Environment Applying Real Skills: http://gears.nndsonline.org/ 3D Virtual Social and Educational World: http://www.learnwithfriends.com

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Brain Injury, the Athlete and Your Child

The Sports Legacy Institute in combination with the Chicago Concussion Coalition presented a 2 hour program for coaches, physicians, parents, teachers and other interested parties this past Saturday at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago. Christopher Nowinski and Dr. Leonard Messner were the featured speakers. I had a small part to play in this program when I talked about how to treat the vision function and functional vision problems associated with brain injury.

Head injury and concussion information can be obtained from the CDC. DM

3D in the Classroom: See Well, Learn Well: Editorial

In the latest issue of Optometry & Vision Development, Dr. Dominick M. Maino, OVD editor, wrote in his editorial, 3D in the Classroom: See Well, Learn Well, that the American Optometric Association’s (AOA), The 3Ds of 3D Viewing is great advice for the consumer. If you experience the 3Ds of 3D viewing (Discomfort, Dizziness and lack of Depth, when viewing 3D movies, television, video-games and 3D educational content), you should incorporate 2 more Ds – See your Doctor of Optometry, especially one who is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).  

Dr. Maino also emphasized the AOA’s recognition of the vision problems that cause the difficulties often associated with 3D viewing as a major public health issue. Although the research is just now beginning to be conducted in this area, it appears that problems with focusing, eye teaming, eye movement and vision induced motion sickness all play a role in the discomfort, dizziness and lack of depth experienced by those viewing simulated 3D. These binocular vision dysfunctions often affect not only how we enjoy our free time, but also how well we perform in school. The good news is that if you have these problems, those who belong to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development have vision rehabilitation/therapy programs available so that you can enjoy all that 3D has to offer.....

Comments: For additional information click on the following links
3D Vision and Eye Health
3D in the Classroom

 

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American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association and your state association deserve your support. Let them know how much you appreciate what they do. Let them know how you can help to make what they do even better.

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Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Professor, Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry