Thursday, November 28, 2013

ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication continues to increase among US children

ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication continues to increase among US children

...... One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • 6.4 million children in the U.S. (11 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to have received an ADHD diagnosis from a healthcare provider, a 42 percent increase from 2003-04 to 2011-12.
  • Over 3.5 million children in the U.S. (6 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to be taking medication for ADHD, a 28 percent increase from 2007-08 to 2011-12.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It often persists into adulthood. .....
Comments: It has been shown that there are those diagnosed with ADHD that have binocular vision problems like convergence insufficiency....and if you have binocular vision problems you often have issues with attention as well. Optometric vision therapy can help. I recommend a comprehensive eye and vision examination, a visual efficiency evaluation, an assessment of learning related vision problems (vision information processing) and when necessary special computerized testing such as the Visagraph (reading eye movement assessment) and the TOVA (Test of Variables Attention).
If your eye doctor is not trained to do this type of assessment and you live in the Chicago-land area see the good folks at Lyons Family Eye Care. Also for a doctor in your area go to or  For up to date information "LIKE" Vision Therapy at Lyons Family Eye Care !

Vision Therapy at Lyons Family Eye Care

Vision Therapy at Lyons Family Eye Care Facebook Page

Lyons Family Eye Care has offered optometric vision therapy to our patients since we first opened our doors to those seeking outstanding eye and vision care. Vision therapy is unique to the profession of optometry and is specifically designed to improve, enhance or remediate anomalies of vision function and learning related vision problems. We use scientifically based principles of neuroplasticity to improve the abilities of children and adults. This therapy has been show to be effective for a wide range of individuals with binocular vision dysfunction, vision information processing problems, brain injury, vision induced attention deficits and learning related vision anomalies.

I've had the pleasure of working with the fine team at Lyons Family Eye Care for almost two years. Every day I am at LFEC, I see patients who, after a program of vision therapy has been completed, no longer have headaches, double vision, or any other symptoms. Even though we do not teach any school subjects, our patients often show improved academic abilities as well.

Please take a moment to go to the Vision Therapy at Lyons Family Eye Care and "LIKE" us on Facebook. DM

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

3D in Sx, Dx, and Tx:

3D in Sx, Dx, and Tx

My friend and colleague, 3D Education expert, Mr. Len Scrogan, recently reviewed a symposium I moderated. Here is his review:

3D Vision Health - This report comes first hand from annual meeting of the  College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), being held in comfortably warm Orlando. COVD is the certifying body for doctors in the optometric specialty called Behavioral/ Developmental/ Rehabilitative Optometry. This group is interested in all things 3D because these medical experts see the role of 3D in Sx (symptoms), Dx (diagnosis), and Tx (treatment) of vision disorders.
Mr Len Scrogan @ COVD
At the 2013 COVD Annual Meeting, I participated as a featured speaker in a full-day educational program entitled “Simulated 3D Vision: Research, Education and In Your Office,” with over 600 medical and educational professionals in attendance. Although some of the topics covered at COVD 2013 deserve a deep dive—I will cover those topics in future Display Central articles—below are some quick summaries of information our Display Central readers will find useful or informative.
Opening Remarks
Dr. Maino @ COVD
Dr. Dominick M. Maino (OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD) led off the full-day session. Dr. Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute, a Distinguished Practitioner, with the National Academies of Practice, and a Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence in Medicine recipient.  Dr. Maino highlighted the cultural importance of 3D in contemporary society, since sometimes medical experts and researchers are not fully attentive to current cultural memes.  Maino warned that “simulated 3D is not dead,” as some would think, “but that use of simulated 3D will continue in all its forms… but you still need binocular vision to fully immerse yourself into the experience.”  He identified the struggles many adults have with viewing 3D as the “3D Vision Syndrome” and made the case for medical and educational professionals to tap into the power and influence of the 3D meme to promote vision health and better public policy decisions..........
Comments: To read the complete review go to or click the title above. To learn more about all the cool stuff going on in 3D education go to Len's blog. To see photographs from the COVD meeting go here

Eye Injury Facts, Myths and Prevention

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Outcome of conventional treatment for adult amblyopia.

Outcome of conventional treatment for adult amblyopia.

....Conventional treatment [glasses and patching]... improve the visual acuity of amblyopic eyes even in adult patients....

Comments: This study only had a few subjects and did not follow any current recommendations for patching. It also did not employ vision therapy AND they still saw improvement in visual acuity! Amazing! (He said with a touch of sarcasm!) The investigators assess binocularity...which is strange since amblyopia is a BINOCULAR VISION problem! DM

Contact Lens InfoGraphic #2

Monday, November 25, 2013

Treating patients with brain injuries

Treating patients with brain injuries

Optometry Times has a very nice write up on traumatic brain injury that starts out.....Approximately 2.6 million people suffer a traumatic (TBI) or acquired brain injury 

(ABI) annually;1 this is a staggering number. Optometrists, in many cases, are part of the 

treatment team, or they may be the first point of contact. Patients with brain injury will 

inevitably walk into your office, and you must be prepared to step up to the plate to 

ensure  your patient’s visual and systemic well-being. .......

Comments: To read the full article click the title above. Also see

Oculo-Visual Evaluation of the Patient with Traumatic Brain Injury

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Discovering Vision Therapy Blog Shows How Media Manipulates the Truth about Vision Therapy!

The Discovering Vision Therapy Blog Shows How Media Manipulates the Truth about Vision Therapy!

Applause goes out to the vision therapy community – optometrists, parents, patients – for rallying against the naysayers.  Or in this case, one naysayer, who published an article recently in The Chronicle of Social Change that was long on bias, and short on facts.  Fortunately, there were plenty in our camp to refute the article, and send a message that this type of irresponsible journalism will definitely be met with a response....

Comments: Here is my response to this very poor attemtp at journalism:

I don’t know why you choose to be in the hip pocket of ophthalmology…but obviously you have swallowed their unsubstantiated reasons for stating vision therapy does not work…when obviously it works quite well. A REAL journalist would seek out the true story and not become a mouthpiece for the MDs. You need to rethink your journalistic ethics…..
As a Professor of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision I would be happy to educate you concerning the science pertaining to optometric vision therapy….
But First read the paper below:
American Academy of Optometry Binocular Vision, Perception, and Pediatric Optometry
Position Paper on Optometric Care of the Struggling Student For parents, educators, and other professionals
August 2013

Read the whole blog post by clicking the title above. DM