Saturday, April 28, 2012

FYI:Call for Articles


      “Nepal Optometry Students’ Society” the umbrella society for optometry students in Nepal in association with Nepalese Association of Optometrists is going to publish its eighth issue of the yearly Optometry Journal “THE SIGHT”. The journal will primarily be focused on eye and vision care research though some general awareness materials on eye and vision care for the general public will also be included. So, we humbly request you to contribute any valuable articles of yours for the publication.
     With the aim of improving the quality of journal and launching it as an index journal in the near future, we would be grateful if you provided us with the review articles and original articles. Your articles can be submitted at your convenience or can be mailed at nossnepal2001@gmail.com.

Articles are expected to be submitted by 16th of July 2012. (32nd Ashad 2069)
Thanking You
Sudarshan Khanal
Vice- President, Nepal Optometry Students’ Society
Institute of Medicine Maharajgunj Medical Campus
Kathmandu, Nepal

Friday, April 27, 2012

Improving ADHD Diagnosis

Improving ADHD Diagnosis

...According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more than one disorder. It's an entire family of disorders....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vision Therapy Can Help Improve Sight

Vision Therapy Can Help Improve Sight

School work is a chore for many young children. Sometimes it's because they don't like school.  Other times it can be because they're having trouble actually focusing on their work. Eye doctors say it's something parents shouldn't overlook, and there is help out there.   Playing this video game isn't just entertaining 8-year-old Julia Joos.  It's also improving her eyesight. It's part of her vision therapy, and it's making a world of difference in her life."It's really helped me in my grades with reading. I can read very big books now. Like this thick," Julia Joos said. Julia started vision therapy earlier this year, after she was struggling with homework and reading. Her mom says doing school work was anything but fun. ....

The Autism Wars

The Autism Wars

THE report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one in 88 American children have an autism spectrum disorder has stoked a debate about why the condition’s prevalence continues to rise. The C.D.C. said it was possible that the increase could be entirely attributed to better detection by teachers and doctors, while holding out the possibility of unknown environmental factors.  ..... But the report, released last month, also appears to be serving as a lightning rod for those who question the legitimacy of a diagnosis whose estimated prevalence has nearly doubled since 2007.....

ASCO Establishes New Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch)

ASCO Establishes New Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch)

ROCKVILLE, MD, April 24, 2012 – The Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce it has established ORMatch, the new Optometry Residency Match. ORMatch replaces the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMS), which was administered for over 30 years by Dr. Charles Haine. “ASCO commends Dr. Haine for decades of exemplary service and dedication in administering ORMS. We are excited that ASCO will now have the opportunity to work directly with the residency community, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the profession in designing and administering a Residency Match that will further promote the development of residency education in our profession”, stated Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., ASCO President. 

ASCO has entered into an agreement with the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS) for the design and administration of ORMatch. Founded in 1985, after developing sophisticated matching algorithms and software for the placement of physicians into residencies in the United States, NMS administers matching programs for many professions in the U.S. including pharmacy, psychology, dentistry, and osteopathic medicine. It works closely with most universities that train health care professionals in the U.S., as well as hundreds of VA programs, hospitals, training sites, and thousands of applicants across the country every year. “We are confident that ORMatch will function in the best interest of all optometric stakeholders and we look forward to administering this valuable service for you,” stated Jonah Peranson, Vice President, National Matching Services, Inc.


ORMatch will be a new Match program and will operate within the ASCO structure. NMS will design and administer the program with policy guidance and oversight by the new ASCO ORMatch Committee comprised of three ASCO representatives, three Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, and a Chair. Paige Pence, ASCO Director of Student Affairs, will be the project director and will work with the ORMatch Committee and NMS. The design phase of ORMatch will run from May-August, 2012. The launch will be no later than October 1, 2012 with the Match occurring in early March. A specific timetable will be developed by the ORMatch Committee.

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Binocular Vision in Pterosaurs

Binocular Vision in Pterosaurs

Binocular vision in certain birds is well known (Fig. 1). You can read more about it online here. Most birds have eyes on the sides of their heads. Apparently most have some degree of binocular vision. However, owls are different, with eyes rotated to the front for the skull. This occurs largely by the increased width of the back of the skull. The beak was always narrow, so narrowing of the beak was never an issue. Eagles and hawks have more binocular vision than most birds, other than owls.

Interesting stuff! D M

Monday, April 23, 2012

Study links axial length, cycloplegic refraction, keratometry in hyperopic amblyopes

Study links axial length, cycloplegic refraction, keratometry in hyperopic amblyopes

The intraocular relationship of axial length to cycloplegic refraction and keratometry in hyperopic nonamblyopic eyes is maintained in hyperopic amblyopic eyes. Thus, the pathophysiology of amblyopia in this setting does not involve a mismatch among these biometric variables. ....

Molecular consequences of amyloid precursor protein and presenilin mutations causing autosomal-dominant Alzheimer's disease

Molecular consequences of amyloid precursor protein and presenilin mutations causing autosomal-dominant Alzheimer's disease

....In this review, we discuss the reported cellular phenotypes of APP and PSEN mutations, the current understanding of their molecular mechanisms, the need to generate faithful models of PSEN mutations, and the potential bias of APP and PSEN mutations on therapeutic strategies that target Aβ.....

How Your Brain Ages

 Shanna Houston of Termlifeinsurance.org  recently published this infographics. She said to use it on my blog...and even though I know this will give her sight a free plug....this was so well done...that I thought it was worth sharing. Thanks Shanna. DM

This is How Your Brain Ages
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Dr. Maino Now at Lyons Family Eye Care

Dr. Maino Now at Lyons Family Eye Care

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A will now be seeing patients at Lyons Family Eye Care on Chicago's north side.

Dr. Stephanie Lyons is the chief optometrist and owner of Lyons Family Eye Care.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a former student of Dr. Maino's at the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated Cum Laude with honor.  She is a leader within her profession who also writes a monthly article for the American Optometric Association’s nationally distributed newsletter for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Lyons also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, cheering for the Illini, and spending time with her family. 
Mr. John Lyons is the general manager, owner of Lyons Family Eye Care and the spouse of Dr. Lyons.  With a diverse background in business, his dream has always been to have a small business of his own.  That dream combined with his wife Stephanie’s desire to have an optometry practice led to the creation of Lyons Family Eye Care. He is passionate about customer service and creating a friendly atmosphere for patients and staff. In his free time, John enjoys sports, traveling, competing in triathlons, and taking care of his family including his two dogs Chance and Lucky.  John is also active in the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and on the board of West LakeView Neighbors.
Dr. Dominick Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry.  He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, received his MEd at the University of Illinois Chicago and Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. Dr. Maino is the past Director of the Institute for Advanced Competency Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program, an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Service at Neumann Family Services. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and holds membership in the American & Illinois Optometric Associations, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the Artists of Casa Italia. His recent activities includes presenting at the International Brain Injury Association meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; at the California Optometric Association’s OptoWest Conference and as a member of an expert panel at the American Conference of Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment which is sponsored by the Children’s Hospital, Omaha, NE.
            Dr. Maino currently serves as the editor of Optometry and Vision Development, and has authored approximately 200 books, chapters, and articles. He has given more than 100 presentations worldwide, is a co-author of the technology column for the AOANews and is currently the associate, consulting, and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins has recently agreed to publish Dr. Maino’s next book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs which will be available May 2012.
Dr. Maino has received recognition for his work from the Order Sons of Italy (Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Excellence in Medicine), National Academies of Practice (Distinguished Practitioner), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Editors Association, and the Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with a special interest in the patient with special needs. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is currently the spokesperson for the American Optometric Association on 3 D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed numerous times (television, print media, radio, Internet) on this topic. Dr. Maino’s avocations include blogging, music, photography and as a budding connoisseur of the finer points of appreciating a good Single Malt Scotch(especially after a trip to Scotland), is now attempting to age his own micro-barrel, very small batch whiskey.

Acquired Brain Injury

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Effects of Music Intervention in the Management of Chronic Pain: A Single-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial

The Effects of Music Intervention in the Management of Chronic Pain: A Single-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial

 .....These results confirm the value of music intervention to the management of chronic pain and anxiety/depression. This music intervention method appears to be useful in managing chronic pain as it enables a significant reduction in the consumption of medication.....

FMRI connectivity analysis of acupuncture effects on the whole brain network in mild cognitive impairment patients

FMRI connectivity analysis of acupuncture effects on the whole brain network in mild cognitive impairment patients

......The increased risk for the elderly with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to progress to Alzheimer's disease makes it an appropriate condition for investigation. While the use of acupuncture as a complementary therapeutic method for treating MCI is popular in certain parts of the world, the underlying mechanism is still elusive. .... we found significant changes in functional connectivity related with the abnormal regions in MCI patients following acupuncture.......The enhanced correlations in the memory-related brain regions following acupuncture may be related to the purported therapeutically beneficial effects of acupuncture for the treatment of MCI. .........