Saturday, December 22, 2012

Visual Outcome in Isoametropic Amblyopic Children With High Hyperopia and the Effect of Therapy on Retinal Thickness

Visual Outcome in Isoametropic Amblyopic Children With High Hyperopia and the Effect of Therapy on Retinal Thickness

.....Visual acuity of isoametropic amblyopia improved satisfactorily with spectacle correction and vision therapy. Treatment duration had the greatest impact on VA improvement. Age at first correction also influenced VA improvement but was not a good clinical predictor. Foveal thinning occurring with treatment was not correlated with visual improvement......

Friday, December 21, 2012

Perceptual Learning Reduces Crowding in Amblyopia and in the Normal Periphery

Perceptual Learning Reduces Crowding in Amblyopia and in the Normal Periphery

...Amblyopia is a developmental visual disorder of cortical origin, characterized by crowding and poor acuity in central vision of the affected eye. Crowding refers to the adverse effects of surrounding items on object identification, common only in normal peripheral but not central vision. ...., perceptual learning reduced the deleterious effects of crowding in amblyopia and in the normal periphery. The results support the effectiveness of plasticity-based approaches for improving vision in adult amblyopes and suggest experience-dependent effects on the cortical substrates of crowding.....

Comments: Full article available by clicking title above. DM

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Recovery of stereo acuity in adults with amblyopia

Recovery of stereo acuity in adults with amblyopia

...Plastic neural mechanisms can be harnessed to develop new treatment tools for treating amblyopia in adulthood......Monocular improvements in visual performance promoted the independent recovery of stereoscopic visual function in adults with amblyopia.....It is possible to recover normal levels of stereo function in amblyopic subjects with mature visual systems, challenging the long held dogma that the critical period for visual development and the window for treating amblyopia are one and the same....
 
Comments: The bottomline is that amblyopia can be treated at any age. Full article available by clicking on the title above. DM

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Damari Appointed Dean of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University


Damari Appointed Dean of Michigan College of Optometry 
at Ferris State University


BIG RAPIDS, Mich.—David Damari, OD, FCOVD, FAAAO, has been appointed dean of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, effective March 28, 2013. Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for academic affairs made the announcement on Dec. 14, 2012.

Damari was most recently chair for the Department of Assessment and professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. Since 1995, he has been a consultant on visual disabilities, advising national and state testing organizations on candidates who have requested special testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the National Board of Medical Examiners, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, CFA Institute, Graduate Management Admissions Council, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, National Conference of Bar Examiners, Law School Admissions Council, and State Bar Examiners including Minnesota, Texas and Virginia. His previous administrative experience also included serving as chair of the Department of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry. Prior to his career at Southern College of Optometry, Damari operated a private solo practice in New York and was an assistant clinical professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry.
Damari's present professional service includes president for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and co-chair at the Summer Institute for Faculty Development for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. He also serves in numerous roles for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. Damari was awarded the Southern College of Optometry President's Special Recognition Award and the Fredrick W. Brock Memorial award for Outstanding Performance in Vision Training. Damari earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from State University of New York College of Optometry, and he was a 2002 fellow-in-resident for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in Bethesda, Md.

His latest publication includes a chapter (Disabilities and the Education System) in the book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special needs.
"Damari has passion for the profession of optometry and a keen awareness of the changes that will occur in health care and health care education over the new few decades," Erickson said. "We look forward to the leadership that he will provide for the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris."
Comments: I've been a friend and colleague of Dr. Damari for many years. He is an incredible person who will lead MCO into this new millenium with a great deal of passion and commitment. Congratulations David! DM

Effectiveness of vision therapy for convergence dysfunctions and long-term stability after vision therapy

Effectiveness of vision therapy for convergence dysfunctions and long-term stability after vision therapy

.... This study supports VT is a successful method of treating CI and CI combined with AI even after a one year follow-up examination which revealed that most children maintained the improved symptom and clinical measures after VT.....

Comment: Full article available by clicking on the title. DM

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Prevalence of strabismic binocular anomalies, amblyopia and anisometropia. Rehabilitation Faculty of Shahid Beheshti Medical University

Prevalence of strabismic binocular anomalies, amblyopia and anisometropia. Rehabilitation Faculty of Shahid Beheshti Medical University

......The prevalence of strabismic binocular anomalies, amblyopia and anisometropia were
respectively: anisometropia in 64 patients (10.67 %), anisometropic amblyopia in 9 patients (1.5 %),
anisometropic amblyopia with exotropia in 1 patient (0.17 %), anisometropic amblyopia with
esotropia in 1 patient (0.17 %), bilateral amblyopia in 5 patients (0.83 %), esotropia in 2 patients
(0.33 %), exotropia in 1 patients (0.17 %) and convergence insufficiency in 2 patients (0.33 %). ....


Comments: Full article available by clicking on title above. DM

Monday, December 17, 2012

The relationship between binocular vision symptoms and near point of convergence

The relationship between binocular vision symptoms and near point of convergence

...Due to the relatively high prevalence of binocular vision anomalies, a regular examination including tests for assessment and determination of these anomalies is necessary. .... The determination of NPC is helpful in the differentiation of symptomatic from asymptomatic subjects.....

Comments: The near point of convergence test (hopefully with a redlens and transiluminator light) should be routinely done on all of your patients. No ifs, buts, or any other excuses can suggest otherwise! DM 

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Concurrent Vision Dysfunctions in Convergence Insufficiency With Traumatic Brain Injury

Concurrent Vision Dysfunctions in Convergence Insufficiency With Traumatic Brain Injury

....Approximately 9% of the TBI sample had CI ... Photophobia with CI was observed in 16.3% and vestibular dysfunction with CI was observed in 18.5% . Convergence insufficiency and cranial nerve palsies were common and yielded prevalence rates of 23.3% and 26.9% (150 of 557), respectively. Accommodative dysfunction was common within the nonpresbyopic TBI sample, with a prevalence of 24.4%. Visual field deficits or unilateral visual spatial inattention/neglect was observed within 29.6% ..... Most TBI patients had visual acuities of 20/60 or better .....

 Comments: All individuals with brain injury must have a comprehensive functional vision assessment to determine the presence of CI and related problems so that treatment can be started. DM