Thursday, October 24, 2013

International Neurotrauma Letter: Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury


Special Edition: Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury
 
Reintegration of Students with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Widespread Concern
Catherine Aaro Jonsson, Eric Hermans, and Peter Rumney

Eye Protect Brain

Eye Protect Brain


The COVD Blog notes that:

...EyeProtectBrain is  a collaboration by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and the Southeastern Congress of Optometry (SECO).  This new public health program has been launched to identify undiagnosed concussions in sports at all levels—from elementary school through professional players.
Why do we need this program?....

Need to know more? Click the title above or here. DM

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4 things parents should know about the pediatric optometric care benefit

4 things parents should know about the pediatric optometric care benefit


  1. Your child's coverage is based on a comprehensive eye exam.....
  2. Your child's coverage extends through at least age 18...
  3. Your child's coverage is included in your health plan....
  4. Your child's coverage assures direct access to optometrists....
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Monday, October 21, 2013

When Smartphones Do a Doctor’s Job


I was recently interviewed and then quoted in an MIT Technology story...

".....After running into Pamplona at a conference last year, Dominick Maino, an optometrist based in Chicago, wrote a column in his industry’s newsletter telling colleagues it was time to “panic … just a little.”
Maino thinks Netra can “give a good prescription, most of the time.” But an optometrist—there are 40,000 in the U.S.—looks at your eye health overall and can deal with complex cases. “He wants to put much more power into the hands of the individual, which isn’t a bad thing,” Maino says of Pamplona. “But you can’t write the doctor out of the equation. There’s a lot more to a great pair of glasses than an objective measure of refraction.”....."  Click here for full story. DM

InfantSee is US Wide

There is an InfantSee optometrist in your town. Go to http://www.infantsee.org to learn more!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Twitter Party: Amblyopia and Quality of Life

Twitter Party: Amblyopia and Quality of Life

"....In clinical care, how do you know if you have done a good job?   Clinical practice and research are looking at “patient-reported outcomes” in order to answer that question.  The improvement may or may not be meaningful, from the patient’s perspective.  Was it worth the time and money to achieve that result? Here’s an example.  Your 6 year old patient has amblyopia.  The visual acuity of the amblyopic eye with correction is 20/50 (NOTE: amblyopia is not just about visual acuity, but let’s put that aside for now).  The child enrolls in a vision therapy program and at its conclusion, the visual acuity has improved to 20/25+…… but have you improved that child’s quality of life?  And what about the treatment?  does wearing a patch or having atropine drops instilled have an impact on quality of life?...."

Comments: Read more on the COVD blog! Click title above. DM