Saturday, March 3, 2012

Long-term results of pediatric cataract surgery after delayed diagnosis

Long-term results of pediatric cataract surgery after delayed diagnosis

In children who had surgery before 36 months of age for bilateral cataracts, there was no significant difference in rates of visual impairment with versus without primary IOL implantation. In patients with unilateral cataract, visual impairment occurred regardless of age at surgery or whether IOL was primarily implanted. Postoperatively, compliance with amblyopia treatment was good in 30% of patients, fair in 45%, and poor in 31%.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Evaluation and management of children and adolescents with sports-related concussion

Evaluation and management of children and adolescents with sports-related concussion

.....Concussions are common sport injuries, and are particularly common among children and adolescents involved in organized sports and recreational activities. Symptoms of concussion can be subtle, and may be overlooked by athletes, coaches/trainers and parents. If a child or youth sustains a concussion, they should immediately be removed from play and assessed by a physician as soon as possible. The athlete should rest from physical and cognitive activities to allow for recovery from concussion. Once symptoms have completely resolved at rest, the athlete can progress through a medically supervised stepwise exertion protocol before being medically cleared to return to play. It is imperative that everyone involved in child and youth sports be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion so that an accurate and timely diagnosis can be made, and proper evaluation and management instituted. The present position statement replaces the previous document published in 2006.......

Are 3D movies safe for children's eyes?

Savvy Science Mom says....When a reader expressed concern over her children watching 3D movies, I thought for sure I would learn that 3D is harmful to children's eyes. I was shocked to discover that it does not hurt children's eyes and can actually be extremely beneficial in detecting several types of eye disorders and diseases. For example, amblyopia (lazy eye) may be more easily diagnosed and treated if parents seek care for children who have difficulty viewing 3D media.....

Comments: To read more about this savvy mom's discoveries, click on the link above. Also check out for more info. DM

Optometry & Vision Development volume 43 number 1 now online!

OVD 43-1 is Available Online

Optometry and Vision Development (OVD) is the official journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Read OVD 43-1 Online

Single Malt Scotch and Developmental Optometry
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, Editor

Lost in Space
Sidney Groffman, OD, MA, FCOVD

Evidence Based Medicine and CAM: A Review
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Reverse-Engineering of Hyperopic Anisometropic Refractive Amblyopia
by Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD; Daniel J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Dyslexia: An overview
SO Wajuihian,a BSc(Hons)Optom OD(Benin) MOptom(UKZN) PGCertMod L/ Vision(City Univ London) and KS Naidoo,a,b BSc BOptom(UDW) MPH(Temple) OD(PCO) PhD(UNSW)

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

Book Review
Ocular Therapeutics Handbook, A Clinical Manual, 3rd Edition
Review by Christine L. Allison, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Practice Management
Computer Tips and Tricks
by Christopher Grant


Thursday, March 1, 2012

MyBest Day: Another One May Be Just Around the Corner

 The editor of Optometric Education, Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO,  asked me recently to write an editorial describing my best day in Optometry. As you can see here, I have many "best days" doing what I absolutely love to do! If you are an optometrist, feel free to leave your "best day" story below in the comments section. DM

The Effect of Sensory Uncertainty Due to Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) on the Planning and Execution of Visually-Guided 3D Reaching Movements

The Effect of Sensory Uncertainty Due to Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) on the Planning and Execution of Visually-Guided 3D Reaching Movements

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Visually guided 3D reaching movements are influenced by amblyopia (lazy eye) which leads to reduced accuracy of the motor planning. Individuals with severe amblyopia were less able to use visually guided reaching as effectively as those with normal vision or mild amblyopia which could be due to their abnormal stereopsis (3D vision).

Comment: Single, clear, comfortable, pathology free, binocular vision is important for all we do every day. Go to to find a doctor to help treat your amblyopia no matter what your age may be. DM

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Violent videogame boosts vision in some adults

Violent videogame boosts vision in some adults

...Six patients between the ages of 19 and 31 were tracked for a period of one month, in which they played the Electronic Arts (EA) videogame "Medal of Honor" for a total of 40 hours -- no more than two hours a day, five days a week.... Five of the six showed improvement in their vision, each moving closer to 20/20 from baseline ranges of 20/32 to 20/100, with improved ability to recognize faces, see small print and judge the direction of moving dots....."About two-thirds of the things we measured improved simply from playing an action videogame," Maurer told reporters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual convention in Vancouver......

3D Vision & Eye Health

I just found out that the AOA 3D Public landing page,  has received a worldwide ranking of 8.24 out of 10 based on 96 ratings and 215 visits per day. 
I have worked with the AOA and my many colleagues on several projects regarding 3D. The AOA has done an outstanding job in letting our patients and the profession know that Optometry can diagnose and treat any problems unmasked when viewing 3D content.
If you have not visited this page ( you should do so right now!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Eye movements in a sequential scanning task: Evidence for distributed processing

Eye movements in a sequential scanning task: Evidence for distributed processing

....Current models of eye movement control are derived from theories assuming serial processing of single items or from theories based on parallel processing of multiple items at a time. This issue has persisted because most investigated paradigms generated data compatible with both serial and parallel models. Here, we study eye movements in a sequential scanning task, where stimulus n indicates the position of the next stimulus n + 1. We investigate whether eye movements are controlled by sequential attention shifts when the task requires serial order of processing. Our measures of distributed processing in the form of parafoveal-on-foveal effects, long-range modulations of target selection, and skipping saccades provide evidence against models strictly based on serial attention shifts. We conclude that our results lend support to parallel processing as a strategy for eye movement control.

Citation: Trukenbrod, H. A., & Engbert, R. (2012). Eye movements in a sequential scanning task: Evidence for distributed processing. Journal of Vision, 12(1):5, 1–12,, doi:10.1167/12.1.5. 

Comments: Read full article by clicking here. DM

Need CE for License Renewal?

Primary Care Grand Rounds CE event is scheduled for Thursday, March 1.
When: 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Illinois College of Optometry Adams Center
For all Chicago-land ODs who need CE for license renewal, this is an excellent opportunity to enjoy two hours of non-tested CE & intellectual discussion with your colleagues.
Sponsored in part by an Alcon - Partners in Education Grant
Hors d'oeuvres & beverages will be provided
You must RSVP to - hope to see you there!!
For additional information contact:
Elizabeth Grantner
Coordinator, Continuing Education & Faculty Professional Development
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616-3878
Direct: 312.949.7429
Fax: 312.949.7729

Monday, February 27, 2012

Optometry & Vision Development vol 43 #1

In the next couple weeks, Optometry & Vision Development vol 43 #1 will become available first online and then in hard copy.This is an open access journal so all are welcome to download and read great articles like...

Watch for an announcement as to when this journal will be available....

Please note that there is a definite conflict of interest here because I am the editor of this particular journal! Optometry  Vision Development is an official of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. DM