Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Dr. Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center for Vision and Aging

The Rosenblooms have made a very generous donation to the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute to fund the creation of the Dr. Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center for Vision and Aging. Dr. Rosenbloom is a former Dean and President of the Illinois College of Optometry and an internationally recognized expert of geriatric vision care and low vision. He is also a dear friend and colleague of mine.

ICO/IEI will be seeking matching funds to create this incredible resource for the people of the metropolitan Chicago area. If you are interested in supporting this program please go to http://www.ico.edu/make-a-gift today.

See pictures below. For additional photos see http://www.flickr.com/photos/icophotos/7470077604/in/set-72157630349762138/lightbox/
ICO and the IOA welcome all to celebrate the AOA in Chicago and the Rosenblooms incredible gift!




Dr. Dominick Maino and Dr. Rosenbloom discussing years gone by
Dr. Rosenbloom making comments during the recognition ceremonies
Dr. Maino and Dr. Sandy Bury...the President of the Illinois Optometric Association




What you need to know about Access Chicago!



Impact of allergy treatment on the association between allergies and mood and anxiety in a population sample

Impact of allergy treatment on the association between allergies and mood and anxiety in a population sample

 These findings provide the first evidence of a link between physician diagnosed allergy and DSM-IV mood and anxiety disorders in a representative sample. Treatment for allergy may mitigate much of this relationship.

Long-term ocular alignment after bilateral lateral rectus recession in children with infantile and intermittent exotropia

Long-term ocular alignment after bilateral lateral rectus recession in children with infantile and intermittent exotropia

The overall mean postoperative exotropic drift at 3 years post surgery was 10.4Δ in the infantile XT group and 7.2Δ in the intermittent XT group.... Both groups had a low success rate at 3 years: 59% fail rate in the infantile XT group and 49 % fail rate in the intermittent XT group ... For patients with an initial esotropia of 0Δ to 10Δ, the success rate at 3 years was a 14% fail rate in the infantile XT group and 35% fail rate in the intermittent XT group...

Comments: First...why would you operate on a "0" prism diopter esotrope? 
Once again, the research shows how poor the outcomes tend to be with strabismus surgery. When you realize that their definition of success was residual esotropia of <6Δ or exotropia of <11Δ present, this indicates the success rates were even less than reported ... if you define success as the eyes actually being straight!. These eyes are  not straight! DM

 

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Controlled Study of Clicker-Assisted Memory Enhancement in College Classrooms

A Controlled Study of Clicker-Assisted Memory Enhancement in College Classrooms

.....We found in–class clicker questions given in a university psychology  class augmented performance on delayed exam questions by 10-13%. Experimental results and a class survey indicate it is unlikely the observed effects can be attributed solely to attention-grabbing. Rather, the data suggest the technology invokes the testing effect, thus enhancing memory through transfer appropriate processing, feedback or trace strengthening.....

Comments: If you are interested in teaching...click on the title above to learn more about it! DM

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Latest 3D Research

3D television (TV) and cinema have experienced a recent surge in popularity aided in part by the success of films such as "Toy Story 3" and "Avatar". In parallel with this trend there have been increasing concerns about the safety of 3D TV and cinema for patients with photosensitive epilepsy. .... We conclude that 3D cinema and television are only unlikely to trigger seizures in patients with non-photosensitive epilepsy. In young people with photosensitive epilepsy the risk of triggering a seizure is not greater with 3D TV or cinema than with conventional television, and we suggest means by which this risk can be minimized. ....Unfortunately there is currently insufficient evidence to draw more formal conclusions and clinical trials would be of great benefit.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

University Student Interns with Dr. Dominick Maino

University Student Interns with Dr. Dominick M. Maino at ICO/IEI and Lyons Family Eye Care

As a sixth grader, Erin McClellan wanted to read Harry Potter, but she couldn't. "The font was too small," she says, "and I couldn't deal with the new names and big words."

McClellan is interning with Dr. Maino this summer, shadowing him both at ICO and at Lyons Family Eye Care in Lakeview, owned by Stephanie Lyons, OD '09, where Dr. Maino is working to expand the vision therapy program.

Optometric vision therapy is a cause that's close to McClellan's heart. She struggled with reading as a child, starting sixth grade with a second grade reading level. "They couldn't figure out what the problem was," McClellan says. "Someone told my mom about vision therapy. My eyes didn't work together, and I had problems with tracking and reading."

By the time McClellan completed vision therapy in sixth grade, she'd not only read Harry Potter but had an eighth grade reading level. "Vision therapy changed my life," she says.

McClellan will graduate in December from Illinois Wesleyan University with a major in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies and a concentration in Child and Family Studies. She's interested in the relationship between vision and learning, and she's hoping her internship will help her figure out whether to become a certified vision therapist or an optometrist.

"It's looking like optometry school is the plan," she says. 

Lyons Family Eye Care provides primary and specialized eye and vision care in a high tech, high touch atmosphere.

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry, attending at Lyons Family Eye Care, and editor of Optometry & Vision Development the official journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He also writes for several publications including the AOANew (the official news paper of the American Optometric Association (see below) and has published his third book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins)


othernewsIn Other News

Drs. Maino and Goodfellow wrote an article for the June issue of AOANews, "Chicago Practice Puts the Eye in iPad," featuring Stephanie Lyons, OD '09. Read the article here

This story was a part of the ICOInsider email newsletter 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Short History of 3D

Since I am lecturing on 3D at the American Optometric Association meeting in Chicago this week at McCormick Pl,I thought I would share this with all now. Please come to my lectures if you are attending the AOA meeting this week. I would love to talk about all things 3D! DM A Short History of 3D(Part 1 and 2)

To BV or Not To BV: This is No Longer the Question, but the Answer!

 I will be presenting this information on Friday morning during the American Optometric Association's Annual Meeting held in Chicago at McCormick Place this week. Feel free to download.....but remember it's always better to see such a presentation live! Hope to see you there! DM



Monday, June 25, 2012

Binocular Vision Flash Cards

There have been several Flash Cards made in the area of binocular vision so that you can study to the "Test that Cannot Be Named". I briefly looked at them and they seem .... appropriate...

Click here to see the cards.... There are also flash cards for perception as well. DM

Sunday, June 24, 2012

On Friday morning, I will give this lecture at the American Optometric Association meeting held in Chicago at McCormick Place. Here's a preview.... Of course....it's always better in person! DM

Study With Music Challenges Theory About Right-Brain And Left-Brain Functions

Study With Music Challenges Theory About Right-Brain And Left-Brain Functions

....The study, conducted by Dr Sharpley Hsieh and colleagues from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and published in the journal Neuropsychologia, discovered that individuals with semantic dementia have a hard time recognizing emotion in music. Semantic dementia is a disease where parts of the left hemisphere in the brain are severely affected. .....

Optometry & Vision Development:Call for Papers





To All Potential Authors:

Optometry & Vision Development
, the official journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, seeks high quality papers of clinical significance in all areas related to vision and vision care. Our open access, no cost to authors, peer reviewed journal is reaching out to all potential authors including  our international colleagues.

This journal is interested in any articles involving vision and vision development. This includes articles on 3D Vision Syndrome (the problems/symptoms associated with watching 3D movies, television, video-games), binocular vision dysfunction, treatment modalities, and related areas.

In previous issues of the journal we've had well known researchers and clinicians publish in OVD. An example of these articles include:

Instability of Fixation in Dyslexia: Development – Deficits – Training
by Burkhart Fischer, Dipl Phys; Klaus Hartnegg, Dipl Phys

Saccade Control in Dyslexia: Development, Deficits, Training and Transfer to Reading
by Burkhart Fischer, Dipl Phys; Klaus Hartnegg, Dipl Phys

Predicting Accommodative Insufficiency and Academic Problems using the Conlon Visual Discomfort Survey
by Chris Chase, PhD; Chinatsu Tosha, PhD; Eric Borsting, OD, MS, FAAO,FCOVD; William H. Ridder III, OD, PhD, FAAO

Improving Magnocellular Function in the Dorsal Stream Remediates Reading Deficits
by Teri Lawton, PhD

Validity Reassessment of Developmental Eye Movement (DEM) Test in the Italian Population
by Alessio Facchin, MA; Silvio Maffioletti, FAILAC; Tony Carnevali, OD, FAAO

The Blink Frequency Relationship between Reading from a Computer Screen and Reading from a Printed Page
by Kenneth C. Koslowe, OD, MS, FCOVD-A; Hadas Waissman, B.Opt; Marta Biner-Kaplan, B.Opt

Our guidelines for authors can be found here: http://www.covd.org/Home/OVDJournal/InstructionstoAuthors/tabid/171/Default.aspx

 If you would like to submit one or more articles email then to me. If you have any quesitons, please contact me soonest at:

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Editor, Optometry & Vision Development
Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular vision
Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute
dmaino@ico.edu

Thank you...

Dominick

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence in Medicine, Recipient
Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision
Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry