Saturday, June 9, 2012

Football-Related Catastrophic Brain Injuries

Football-Related Catastrophic Brain Injuries

....Catastrophic brain injuries associated with full-contact football appear to be rising, especially among high school students. ..... The increase is alarming and indicates more coaches and athletic trainers should change how they teach the fundamental skills of the game, according to researchers based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.....

Comments: If you child has had a concussion which is a BRAIN INJURY while playing sports, he or she must not only have a complete evaluation by your family health care provider, but should also be evaluated by a functional optometrist. Mild brain injury (now there are 3 words that never should be used together!) often results in vision problems that can affect the individual's quality of life, academic performance and more. It could also be sight threatening as well. Go to http://www.covd.org to find out more and look at this dedicated issue of Optometry & Vision Development on brain injury. DM

Friday, June 8, 2012

College of Optometrists in Vision Development:Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline is Monday, June 11th
COVD is soliciting abstracts for papers and posters to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting. Any person wishing to make a presentation is invited to submit a proposal as outlined below.
 
All abstracts will be reviewed by the Research Committee and will be judged on the basis of overall quality, completion of required information, relevance to behavioral and functional vision, subject matter, innovation, and attention to key questions in the field. Proposals may include research results, case studies, or new and innovative diagnostic procedures or treatment techniques.

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Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, June 11, 2012

Changing Brains For The Better

Changing Brains For The Better

...Practices like physical exercise, certain forms of psychological counseling and meditation can all change brains for the better, and these changes can be measured with the tools of modern neuroscience, according to a review article now online at Nature Neuroscience....

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fragile X Syndrome: Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs

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Text-message reminders increased flu vaccination rates in children

Text-message reminders increased flu vaccination rates in children


.....“Immunization registry-linked text messaging with education-related messages increased influenza vaccination coverage compared with usual care in traditionally hard-to-reach, low-income, urban, minority population,” the researchers wrote. “Underlying vaccination coverage overall remained low, as they do nationally, and further studies are recommended to identify ways to maximize the potential of text messaging.”.....

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Heads up! Latest in Google HUD glasses technology set to hit market by end of year

Heads up! Latest in Google HUD glasses technology set to hit market by end of year: by Maino & Goodfellow

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Evidence that convergence rather than accommodation controls intermittent distance exotropia

Evidence that convergence rather than accommodation controls intermittent distance exotropia

.....Increased vergence demand to control intermittent distance exotropia for near also drives significantly more accommodation. Minus lens therapy is more likely to act by correcting over accommodation driven by controlling convergence, rather than by inducing blur-driven vergence. The use of convergence as a major drive to accommodation explains many clinical characteristics of distance exotropia, including apparently high near stimulus AC/A ratios......

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Prevalence and Correction of Near Vision Impairment at Seven Sites in China, India, Nepal, Niger, South Africa, and the United States

Prevalence and Correction of Near Vision Impairment at Seven Sites in China, India, Nepal, Niger, South Africa, and the United States

 .....By 50 years of age, the majority of people suffer from near vision impairment, most of which can be corrected optically. Over 90% of those in need of near refractive correction in rural settings do not have the necessary spectacles.....

Comments: It is sad that so many world wide suffer from an easily treatable visual impairment....glasses are medicine....it is about time we understood this! DM

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Critical Link Between Vision & Learning

.....Parents and students are sharing their success stories to celebrate August as National Children’s Vision and Learning Month and help educate others about the critical link between vision and learning. After years of struggling, families across the U.S. are now seeing their children succeed after an underlying vision problem was diagnosed and treated with optometric vision therapy.
Kim Stickdorn’s 10 year old daughter, Chloe, had poor reading comprehension, used her finger as a pointer, complained of headaches, would lose her place when reading, took forever to complete homework, avoided reading, skipped or reread lines, had difficulty focusing and had a short attention span. Despite working with a tutor, Chloe continued to struggle. She was labeled ADHD and was on a variety of different medications including Adderrall, Concerta, and Vivanse, none of which helped.
It wasn’t until they discovered that Chloe saw the words as moving on the page, which was the result of an eye movement disorder called convergence insufficiency, that they actually understood why Chloe was struggling. After a comprehensive vision examination by an optometrist identified the vision problem she started optometric vision therapy. Since doing vision therapy, Chloe no longer needs medications, is more involved in class, has improved grades, and is more outgoing. Her mom states, “If we could help one child that is on ADHD meds to get off these terrible drugs, it would be great. How many kids are misdiagnosed and put on these meds?”
Kathleen Hayford posted her child’s story on Pinterest, “Our son struggled in school starting in second grade, once reading was required. He was frustrated, anxious, complained of frequent dizziness and headaches and was withdrawn socially. Over the years, he was diagnosed with various disorders, including ADD, Processing Disorders, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, anxiety, OCD. He had Occupational Therapy, Psycho Therapy, medication, and EEGs. Every year his vision was tested and he was 20/20. Clarity was fine.”
“Davis would scream out, ‘I’m stupid!’ more times than I'd like to remember,” Hayford continues. “He thought so little of himself.  Constantly frustrated, he developed anxiety that interfered with every aspect of his young life. It was heartbreaking for us as parents knowing he was a remarkable and intelligent boy, trying everything we could think of to help him, and not finding the appropriate help.
“Based on a tutor's suspicion he had Dyslexia, Davis was referred to a Developmental Optometrist who tested and diagnosed him with convergence insufficiency, an eye tracking problem, and accommodation disorders to compensate. Basically, he had suffered with double vision because his eyes did not track together.”
After completing optometric vision therapy, Hayford shares, “He’s a new boy!!! He’s off the variety of medications he was on and is now an A/B student with increased confidence, less anxiety, and has better relationships. He is happier and has hope for his future. I wish we could have spared him the years of struggling and pain.”
Charles Thelemann didn’t find help until he was 21 years old. According to his mother, “He stumbled through school, was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and Dyslexia, and went down the wrong path as a young teenager. We had no idea how low his self-esteem was.” Fortunately, he was finally diagnosed with convergence insufficiency and started vision therapy. His mother is delighted to report Charles is already experiencing improvement from vision therapy.
When parents suspect their children have a vision problem that is contributing to their learning difficulties they often go to the pediatrician or the pediatric ophthalmologist only to be told their vision is fine and that they can see 20/20. “It is important for parents to know that when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning, they need to see an optometrist that provides an in-office program of vision therapy in order to get the in-depth testing that is required to determine if their child has all the visual skills required for academic success,” states Dr. David Damari, President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Gracia Pinzino’s daughter Isabella, had a lot of difficulty with reading and was held back in first grade. Pinzino shares, “Reading frustrated her and it took forever to read one page. She would leave out words, repeat words, skip all over the page. It was disheartening, as she loved books and tried so very hard to read, but with little success.”
Pinzino continues, “Feeling alone and frustrated, I called upon all my friends for advice. One friend suggested vision therapy. I researched it and so many of her symptoms fit. I was overwhelmed, as finally we found answers, help and hope!”
“After only eleven sessions, we noticed improvement in her reading. She now reads at grade level and doesn’t need to go to early morning reading anymore. She reads with more confidence and great enthusiasm.” Pinzino finishes, “With 100% certainty, I can say that vision therapy helped Isabella.”
Despite volumes of evidence-based optometric research, many pediatricians and ophthalmologists continue to state that vision has nothing to do with learning, referring parents to psychologists, learning specialists, etc. Yet parents and patients all around the country say otherwise. More parents are stepping forward on a daily basis.
Parents and educators are invited to join the August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month campaign. Share your story on COVD’s Facebook page or email your story to COVD at info@covd.org.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: All the parents quoted in this story are willing and available for interviews. Please contact COVD for more information and to arrange an interview. The Stickdorns are located in New Lexington, Ohio, Mrs. Hayford is in Springfield, Missouri, Mrs. Thelemann is in Frederick, Maryland and Gracia Pinzino is in New York City.

About COVD
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy and visual rehabilitation. To launch their 2012 campaign, a series of public service announcements (PSAs) were released to help raise awareness that vision problems can not only interfere with learning, but sports performance, and other activities of daily living. These PSAs also address vision problems that impact individuals who have autism spectrum disorders or those who have suffered a head injury. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy and COVD, please visit www.covd.org or call             888.268.3770      .

CONTACT:  Pamela R. Happ, CAE
COVD Executive Director
            888.268.3770       tel
Email: phapp@covd.org
Website: www.covd.org

Annual Changes in Refractive Errors and Ocular Components before and after the Onset of Myopia in Chinese Children

Annual Changes in Refractive Errors and Ocular Components before and after the Onset of Myopia in Chinese Children

....Before the onset of myopia, axial elongation and progression accelerate. After a myopic refraction is established, axial elongation and progression decrease. We suggest that the increases before myopia may be due to increased intensity of study and decreased time outdoors. In contrast, the rapid slowing after the onset of myopia may represent an inhibitory effect of myopic defocus on eye growth......

 

Ancient Science of Life Open Access Journal

Ancient Science of life - Journal dedicated to interface Ayurveda and Modern Science


.....Ancient Science of Life is a journal that is dedicated to interfacing Ayurveda and modern science. This journal has come into existence to fulfill the need of conducting and publishing research on Ayurveda that is based on the tenets of Ayurveda and the methodologies of science at the same time. The strength of Ayurveda is the remarkable continuity of its traditions of clinical practice. Ayurveda has survived into modern times through practitioners who treat patients successfully for a wide variety of ailments. However, lack of scientific evaluation and availability of data that can vouchsafe the safety and efficacy of these practices serve as hindrance to the acceptance of Ayurveda as a credible system of health care globally.....

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Recap of the International Brain Injury Association’s Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury


Recap of the International Brain Injury Association’s Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury

The International Brain Injury Association’s (IBIA’s) Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury was held March 21-25, in Edinburgh, Scotland.   IBIA enjoyed record attendance with over 1,300 delegates present at the meeting. ......There was an excellent variety of topics, various learning formats and attendees and speakers from well over 40 countries.  The Congress had multiple tracks including basic science, pediatric and adult brain injury and attracted both senior clinicians and researchers as well as more junior professionals including ones still in training.  Lectures, workshops, oral papers, poster sessions, candlelight sessions and exhibits all allowed for myriad ways to learn about new developments in the field......

Most Children With Autism Diagnosed at 5 or Older

Most Children With Autism Diagnosed at 5 or Older

....More than half of school-aged kids were age 5 or older when they were first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder .... Less than 20% were diagnosed by age 2. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen children for autism at 18 months of age......