Thursday, September 19, 2013

The 2013 BMA Medical Book Award First Prize in Health and Social Care


was awarded to

Taub M, Bartuccio M, Maino D. (Eds) Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. New York, NY;2012

This award was given this week by the British Medical Association at a banquet in London and was accepted on behalf of the editors by representatives from Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. This organization recognizes the very best medical books in various categories. 

Drs. Taub, Bartuccio and Maino have collaborated on several projects with Drs. Taub and Maino even being co-founding editors of the journal, Optometry & Visual Performance. Dr. Dominick Maino is also the immediate past editor of Optometry & Vision Development.

About the editors:

Dr. Marc B. Taub is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and the College of Optometrist in Vision Development (COVD) and is active in the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP). He is currently Chief of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Services and an Associate Professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He teaches vision therapy and is currently active in clinical research. He is also the supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.

Dr. Mary Bartuccio was appointed Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry and is currently evaluating and managing patients in the Eye Center in the Pediatric, Teen and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation clinics.She has participated in clinical research, including the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT). Dr. Bartuccio has chaired numerous committees and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). She also serves on the journal review board for the Journal of Optometry and Visual Performance.

Dr. Dominick Maino a professor of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute and an AOA spokesperson on 3D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed by news media extensively on this subject. He has authored some 200 books/chapters/articles, and has given more than 100 lectures worldwide. His latest book is: Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs (Lippincott). He is also the associate, consulting and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Dr. Maino is an adjunct professor, Centro Boston de Optometria, in Madrid, Spain, and provides eye care for those with intellectual disability and psychiatric illness at Neumann Family Services in Chicago. He’s also an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with disabilities. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is an avid Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn user and blogs excessively! His hobbies include singing in the church choir, blogging and photography. Dr. Maino is also in private practice at Lyons Family Eye Care.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Boosting brain power through video games

Boosting brain power through video games

.....Certain types of video games can help to train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL).....

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seeing is More than 20/20: Vision and Learning

Seeing is More than 20/20: Vision and Learning

...Seeing is our dominant sense and our primary source for gathering information in learning. Vision problems can have a profound effect on how we learn. Many children who experience academic difficulty may have a visual dysfunction in addition to their primary reading or learning dysfunction. These conditions are treatable....

Monday, September 16, 2013

Autism, Denmark and again no link with vaccines.

Autism, Denmark and again no link with vaccines.

MIT's Android optometry app could help you stop squinting all the time

MIT's Android optometry app could help you stop squinting all the time 

There are several problems with lay individuals using this app. As with most auto-refractors it presumably does a fairly good job in determining an individual's prescription (research is ongoing), but it is probably not useful for all populations (children and patients with special needs may be an issue). Also, it does not take into consideration the special needs and preferences of the patient (work, sports, distance needs, near needs, etc).

The other issue is one of legality. Currently individuals must have a prescription determined by and written by a doctor. Otherwise that prescription cannot be used.

Remember that an eye examination not only includes an individualized prescription as determined by your doctor, but also an assessment of eye health, binocularity and more. A refraction alone is seldom enough to meet most patients' needs.

For more information about technology and eye care see:

DIY Refractions

3D Printing and Optometry

Sunday, September 15, 2013

More Links Seen Between Autism, ADHD

More Links Seen Between Autism, ADHD

......Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 20 times more likely to exhibit some traits of autism than children without ADHD, according to a new study......One of every five ADHD kids in the study exhibited signs of autism such as slow language development, difficulty interacting with others and problems with emotional control.....