Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saccadic eye movements in the dark while performing an automatized sequential high-speed sensorimotor task

Saccadic eye movements in the dark while performing an automatized sequential high-speed sensorimotor task

....Saccades during object-related everyday tasks select visual information to guide hand movements. Nevertheless, humans can perform such a task in the dark provided it was automatized beforehand. ..... Results support the hypothesis of an long-term memory-based mode of attention selection during the execution of automatized sequential high-speed sensorimotor tasks.....

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Frontiers in Genetics

ISSN:  1662-5188 (electronic)
URL: http://www.pubmedcentral.gov/tocrender.fcgi?journal=1681
Archive includes v. 1 (2010) to present
Note: There is no embargo delay for this journal

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mom's Love Good For Child's Brain

Mom's Love Good For Child's Brain
....The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children's brain anatomy are linked to a mother's nurturing....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Convergence Insufficiency

My friend and colleague, Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, gave this excellent presentation to a group of Family MDs. Take a look:



Penetrating eye injuries from writing instruments


Penetrating eye injuries from writing instruments

...It is estimated that around 748 ocular pen injuries and 892 ocular pencil injuries of undetermined severity occurred annually in the UK during the database surveillance period 2000–2002. No eye injuries from swords, including toy swords and fencing foils, were reported....

 

3D Technology May Be Used to Screen for Vision Problems

3D Technology May Be Used to Screen for Vision Problems

.....Optometrists Discover Potential Link between 3D Vision Syndrome and Eye Teaming Disorders. Three-dimensional viewing technologies, such as those in theaters across the country, are often criticized for causing dizziness and discomfort in some individuals. ....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mothers Who Eat Fish While Pregnant Produce Offspring With Better Cognitive Development

Mothers Who Eat Fish While Pregnant Produce Offspring With Better Cognitive Development
 .....Does eating fish during pregnancy improve a child's intelligence? According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the answer is yes. The study revealed that infants of mothers who consumed more fish during pregnancy achieved higher scores in verbal intelligence and fine motor skill testing, as well as having a higher pro-social behavior. The study is part of the NUTRIMENTHE project "Effect of diet on offspring's cognitive development", which focuses on the effects of genetic variants and maternal fish intake on the children's intellectual capacity.....

Last Chance forOD CE in Illinois

Join us for Continuing Education at ICO Go to website ›
The Illinois License Renewal Deadline of March 31, 2012 is approaching fast!
Don't miss out on The Illinois College of Optometry's upcoming two full days of Continuing Education in our state-of-the-art Lecture Center.
Online Registration is available. Register today!
February 19, 2012 7:45-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 Glaucoma: Clinical Pearls for Challenging Cases; Instructor: Michael Chaglasian, OD, FAAO; 2 Hours TQ
10:10 BREAK
10:30 Pharmacology from A-Z; Instructors: Nicholas Collatrella, OD, FAAO and Jeffrey Varanelli, OD, FAAO; 2 Hours TQ
12:15 LUNCH
1:00 Corneal Injuries: Common and Not So Common; Instructors: Nicholas Collatrella, OD, FAAO and Jeffrey Varanelli, OD, FAAO; 2 Hours TQ
March 11, 20127:45-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 Considerations in Caring for the Keratoconic Patient; Instructor: Renee Reeder, OD, FAAO; 2 Hours TQ
10:10 BREAK
10:30 Demystifying Traumatic Brain Iinjury Eye Exam: A Practical Approach for the Primary Care Optometrist; Instructor: Navjit Sanghera, OD, FAAO; 2 Hours TQ
12:10 LUNCH
1:00 Ocular Emergencies and Urgencies; Instructor: Jennifer Harthan, OD, FAAO; 2 Hours TQ
Please contact ICO’s Continuing Education office if you have any additional questions at 312-949-7426 or continuinged@ico.edu.
Course includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch, and course materials. Tests will be in multiple-choice format and are optional. All certificates and tests will be mailed out to attendees following the event. One re-take will be permitted. All courses are COPE Approved.

AOA Optometric Educators Exchange

 Optometric Educators' Exchange

Friday, June 29, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Course Category: Not for CE credit

Now in its seventh year, the popular Optometric Educators Exchange (OEE) features an exciting new format. Bring your passion for your career and profession. Attend the OEE to network with colleagues, share ideas and take home concepts that you can quickly put to work in the classroom or clinic.

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ICO's Princeton Elementary School Eye Clinic Open House

ICO's Princeton Elementary School Eye Clinic

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The school-based eye clinic at Princeton Elementary School opened in January 2011 and provides needed eye health and vision care to thousands of underserved Chicago Public School students.
The clinic features:
  • 13 examination lanes
  • Professional staff including a medical director, three ICO faculty optometrists, two case workers, three opticians, as well as 30-50 third and fourth year students performing clinical hours. 
  • Year-round operation to accommodate varied school calendars
  • Partnerships with organizations and individuals to support the needs of the program and expand services

Monday, February 13, 2012

Researchers Rewrite Textbook On Location Of Brain's Speech Processing Center

Researchers Rewrite Textbook On Location Of Brain's Speech Processing Center

....Scientists have long believed that human speech is processed towards the back of the brain's cerebral cortex, behind auditory cortex where all sounds are received - a place famously known as Wernicke's area after the German neurologist who proposed this site in the late 1800s based on his study of brain injuries and strokes. .... But, now, research that analyzed more than 100 imaging studies concludes that Wernicke's area is in the wrong location. The site newly identified is about 3 centimeters closer to the front of the brain and on the other side of auditory cortex - miles away in terms of brain architecture and function....

SECO: Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday

At SECO 2012, COVD will offer its Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy course on Visual Information Processing with Carl G. Hillier, O.D., FCOVD, and for the therapists, Diana Eastburn-Ludlam, COVT and Lyna Dyson, COVT will present the Vision Therapy 101 course. Registration for these courses must be done through COVD.

Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday.
Register now and save!

Course Costs

Jan. 15 - Feb. 15
After Feb 16
Member

 $410
 $465
Non Member

 $530
 $585
Register now


Jan. 15 - Feb. 15
 After Feb 16
Member

 $485
 $540
Non Member

 $610
 $665
Register now

Optometry's Marketplace, which is the exhibit hall for SECO 2012 and one of the largest in optometry, will be free for any COVD member who registers for the COVD Applied Concepts or VT 101. If you're unable to attend the SECO meeting, you can still get free access to the SECO exhibit hall.

SECO has an excellent track of courses and events that will be of interest to COVD members. SECO 2012 registration will be handled separately through SECO.  Be sure to register for the meeting as well if you plan to attend. COVD Members receive a $50 discount to the SECO meeting registration.

COVD Continuing Education registration is separate from SECO 2012 registration.


Upcoming
COVD Event Calendar
Events 


SECO International 2012
February 29 - March 4, 2012
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia
More Info: www.seco2012.com 

COVD Optometric Vision Therapy Education
at SECO International 2012 Meeting
March 4-5, 2012
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, Georgia
More Info: www.covd.org  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cerebral Palsy Linked With Genetic Abnormalities

Cerebral Palsy Linked With Genetic Abnormalities

 .....Researchers at Geisinger Health System have found that genetic abnormalities may be the cause for the majority of cerebral palsy (CP) cases, a group of disorders that can involve the brain and nervous system functions, such as seeing, movement, hearing, thinking, and learning, rather than a difficult birth or other perinatal factors. CP is the most prevalent physical disability of childhood....