Saturday, May 5, 2012

Eye Examination for the Patient with Special Needs

Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs

Colorado Vision Summit

The Colorado Vision Summit brochure is now available on the website Receive an early registration discount if you register by June 12, 2012.

  • 56 hours of primary care optometric education provided with 20 hours obtainable
  • 18 hours of functional/developmental/behavioral/pediatrics courses offered
  • VISION THERAPISTS are welcome to attend.  There is a program for paraoptometric staff on Saturday, July 14, 2012 and Sunday, July 15, 2012.  Paraoptometric staff are welcome to attend any of the doctor’s lectures as well, if the doctor is registered.
Please check out the website for the full list of courses offered. The CE at this conference is excellent and the Colorado mountains are a great place to visit in the summertime!


Jeri A. Schneebeck, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

ODs on Facebook

ODs on Facebook is a welcoming, friendly and upbeat place to hang out with your colleagues. You won't find any griping or complaining here....only great ideas on how to make your practice better....and your patients happy! Go to and sign up today! You'll be glad you did. DM

Technology and the Patient with Special Needs

Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs

Information about Amblyopia

Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs

Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs
Marc B. Taub, OD, MS, FCOVD
Chief, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency Supervisor
Southern College of Optometry
Memphis, Tennessee
Mary Bartuccio, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Assistant Professor
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence in Medicine (Order Sons of Italy)
Professor, Pediatrics/Binocular Vision
Private Practice: Lyons Family Eye Care
Chicago, Il
20% Promo-Discount: Click Here   
If needed the promo code is  WCC609ZZ
 Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs, edited by Marc B. Taub, OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD, Mary Bartuccio, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, and Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, provides a thorough review of the eye and vision care needs of patients with special needs. This book gives you a better understanding of the most frequently encountered developmental and acquired disabilities seen in the eye care practitioner’s office. These disabilities include patients with autism, brain injury, and Down syndrome, as well as those with psychiatric illness, dual diagnosis, and more. The text discusses, in great detail, the visual issues inherent in these populations and their possible treatment. A group of authors with approximately 500 years of experience in the field of eye care and special populations have been brought together to develop this comprehensive reference. The chapter authors are made up of the top clinicians in the field and include private practitioners and academicians from 12 colleges of optometry.                 
It may appear that this book is written primarily for eye care practitioners such as optometrists and ophthalmologists.  While vision is the overriding topic, this book serves as an excellent resource for a multitude of professions including those engaged in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, physiatry, social work, pediatric medicine, and special education.  
 For more information on this book Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs, visit Promo-discount code: WCC609ZZ
1 The Life Cycle Approach to Care -  Glen T. Steele, Dominick M. Maino
2 Genetics - Charles G. Connor
3 Cerebral Palsy -  Marc B. Taub, Ashley S. Reddell
4 Down Syndrome -  J. Margaret Woodhouse, Dominick M. Maino
5 Fragile X Syndrome-  Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Dominick M. Maino
6 Intellectual Disability of Unknown  Etiology- Karen A. Kehbein, Marc B. Taub
7 Oculovisual Abnormalities Associated with Rare Neurodevelopmental Disorders-   Daniel E. Smith
8 Autism-  Rachel Anastasia Coulter
9 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -  Mary Bartuccio, R. Terry Browning, Angela C. Howell
10 Acquired Brain Injury - Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, Neera Kapoor
11 Learning Disabilities -  Garth N. Christenson, Eric Borsting
12 Psychiatric Illness and Associated Oculovisual Anomalies- Pamela H. Schnell, Dominick M. Maino,
           Robert C. Jespersen
13 The Visual System in Neurodegenerative Disease -  Denise A. Valenti
14 Vision Impairment and Brain Damage -  Barry S. Kran, D. Luisa Mayer
15 Vision Screening -  Mary Bartuccio, Nadine Girgis
16 Comprehensive Examination  Procedures -  Marc B. Taub
17 Diagnosis and Management of Refractive Error  -   James M. Newman
18 Diagnosis and Treatment of Oculomotor Dysfunction -   Paul Harris
19 Diagnosis and Treatment of Binocular Vision and Accommodative Disorders -  Erin Jenewein, Kelly Meehan
20 Diagnosis and Treatment of Strabismus and Amblyopia-  Yin C. Tea, Jacqueline Rodena
21 Diagnosis and Treatment of Vision  Information Processing Disorders -  Deborah M. Amster
22 Diagnosis and Treatment of Commonly Diagnosed Ocular Health Anomalies -  William Kress, Andrew Rixon,             
           John Neal
23 Special Assessment Procedures -  Scott B. Steinman, Maryke Nijhuis Neiberg
24 Neuroplasticity  -   Dominick M. Maino, Robert Donati, Yi Pang, Stephen Viola, Susan R. Barry
25 Optometric Management of Functional Vision Disorders  -  Samantha Slotnick, Curt Baxstrom, Jason Clopton
26 Complementary and Alternative Approaches -  Patricia S. Lemer
27 Technology for Rehabilitation, Treatment and Enhancement-    Sidney Groffman, Jeffrey Cooper, Paul Harris, Marc B. Taub
28 The Multidisciplinary Approach - Danielle L. Hinton, Deborah S. Hoffnung, Elizabeth Bishop, F. Fred Hidaji, Glenda Brooks, Julie S. Marshall, Marc B. Taub, Monika Kolwaite, Orli Weisser-Pike, Pamela J. Compart, Robin D. Lewis, Robert Hohendorf
29 Disabilities and the Education System -  David A. Damari
30 The Optometric Practice -  Jason Clopton, Dan Fortenbacher, Bradley Habermehl
31 The Process of Communication -  Leonard J. Press, Nancy Torgerson

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Amblyopic deficits in processing structure-from-motion

Amblyopic deficits in processing structure-from-motion

 Amblyopic observers exhibit a range of low- and high-level cortical deficits, and there is strong evidence that the extrastriate cortex is selectively affected for signal/noise tasks but not for simple integration tasks. We tested amblyopic and control observers on a structure-from-motion (SFM) task involving signal integration to gauge whether extrastriate processing is compromised at a level where dorsal and ventral information is combined. SFM tasks require integration of local elements to perceive the global structure using motion-defined depth cues. Observers were monocularly presented with a 2-IFC shape discrimination task and asked to indicate whether two consecutive SFM stimuli represented the same or different depth-defined shapes. Amblyopic observers had higher depth thresholds than control observers, even after controlling for low-level differences in contrast thresholds across eyes and observers. Combined with the presence of the deficit in both the amblyopic and fellow-fixing eyes, this suggests a high-level locus for the SFM deficit. 

Comments: Note that both eyes are affected even when amblyopia is only present in one eye and that the deficit occurs both from the dorsal and ventral stream when the information is combined cortically.. Amblyopia is a binocular vision dysfunction. Those who treat only one eye are doing their patients a major disservice.  Read the full article by clicking the link above. My thanks to Dr. Michael Margaretten for bringing this (any many great articles) to my attention. DM

Asthenopia: A Technology Induced Visual Impairment

 This article is also available at miVision

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

AAO Call for Abstracts 2012

AAO Call for Abstracts 2012

The Scientific Program Committee of the American Academy of Optometry invites the submission of abstracts May 1-31, 2012, for the Scientific Program of Academy 2012 Phoenix to be held Wednesday, October 24 - Saturday, October 27, 2012.

The Academy's Scientific Program offers scientists, educators, and clinicians the opportunity to exchange the latest information in optometry and vision science in two formats, research paper presentations and scientific posters.

 •Scientific Research Presentation (paper/poster)
•Scientific Case Report (poster)
•Educational Case Report (poster)
•Academy Information (poster)

Drug-dispensing contact lenses a reality

This is the recent Eye on Technology column that Dr. Goodfellow and I write for the AOANews.

Published monthly by the American Optometric Association, the AOA News is the profession's pre-eminent news publication....The AOA News provides the latest information on all other areas of optometry as well as in-depth coverage of compelling industry-related issues, products,new technology and business news. AOA members can also get the News in easy-to-read PDF format, searchable headlines, and past issues online at

The Practice of Optometry and Patients with Special Needs

Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs

  Edited by Marc B Taub  OD, FCOVD; Mary Bartuccio  OD, FCOVD; Dominick Maino  OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

JBO Now Available

Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs: New Book

 .....Eye care professionals have the responsibility of providing primary and specialized eye and vision care to a wide variety of individuals. One patient population that has in some ways been greatly ignored by many eye care practitioners are those with special needs.  Approximately 1 of every 110 children born in the United States will develop an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Down syndrome effects 1 of every 1000 children born to mothers 30 years of age or older. Individuals with Fragile X syndrome are frequently encountered as well. Learning disabilities are currently estimated to be noted in 4.6 million children while 17% of individuals have some form of developmental delay. With the average eye care practitioner seeing thousands of  patients a year, chances are they will encounter multiple individuals falling into each of these categories. Using the statistics previously noted, special populations could comprise as much as 37% of some practices......

Read all about it in Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs

In the interest of full disclosure, I do have a personal financial interest in this text book....but mostly I am just absolutely thrilled that it is now available to all who may be interested. Those who may be interested include not only my optometric and ophthalmologic colleagues,  but all so those who are occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language therapists, special educators and others interested in or work in the field of caring for those with special needs. DM

Monday, April 30, 2012

Many Preschoolers Do Not Play Outdoors Daily

Many Preschoolers Do Not Play Outdoors Daily

A study published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA Network publication reveals that approximately half of preschool-aged children are not being taken outside to play each day.  ....


Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices


  Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices

The newly released report "Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices", produced by the Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, identifies policy and service delivery issues pertaining to older adults with developmental disabilities and their families and recommends opportunities to enhance collaboration among the aging, disability, and long-term care networks. Key policy initiatives addressed include the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, the Lifespan Respite Act, the National Alzheimer's Project Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Download either a Word version of the report or a pdf version at this link:

Comments: I only had but a brief time to review this document, but as far as I can tell, no where does it mention the need for eye and vision care for adults with disability. This is needs to be addressed for this population. DM