Saturday, January 24, 2009


The absolute best vision perception website out there! Great stuff for all! DM

Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Acquisition of a Motor Skill

...Noninvasive electrical stimulation of the brain may improve the ability to learn a motor task, a finding with possible implications for treating patients with brain injuries, researchers suggested....

Preterm birth: Magnesium sulphate cuts cerebral palsy risk

...Magnesium sulphate protects very premature babies from cerebral palsy, a new study shows. The findings of this Cochrane Review could help reduce incidence of the disabling condition, which currently affects around one in every 500 newborn babies overall, but up to one-in-ten very premature babies (<>

Envision Conference

Program submissions are now being accepted
For Clinical and Research Presentations
Envision 08 Research Poster
Submissions for clinical education, research presentations and research posters are being accepted now through April 30, 2009.

Clinical education submissions should incorporate information low vision practitioners and educators need to succeed professionally, and should encourage discussion of professional concerns and views. Submissions are also reviewed for meeting continuing education accrediting criteria for AOTA, COPE, ACVREP, ACCME, ANCC and CRCC. Contact Michael Epp, Director of Continuing Education at [email protected] or (316) 440-1515 with any questions regarding clinic education presentations and submissions.

Research presentations may be submitted by anyone who is involved in the area of vision research, including the professional and academic vision research communities, applied psychology, nursing, low vision therapists, occupational therapists, and practicing ophthalmologists and optometrists. Presenters who are interested in organizing a topical session and receiving support from Envision should contact James B. Nolan, PhD, Research Program Coordinator, [email protected], (316) 440-1503.
Visit the Envision 09 website to learn more about submission guidelines and presenter remuneration.

Important Dates:
  • April 30, 2009 - Deadline for Clinical Education, Research Presentations and Posters submission and edits.
  • May 15, 2009 - Clinical Education and Research Presentation selection notification
  • June 30, 2009 - Deadline for presenters' media and handouts
  • September 9-12, 2009 - Envision Conference 09 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
Please contact Michael Epp, Director of Continuing Education, [email protected], with any questions.

Sponsor, Exhibit, Advertise

Exhibitor from Envision 08The Envision Conference is a multidisciplinary low vision rehabilitation and research conference. By sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising at Envision 09 you have the rare opportunity to have your message, services and products exposed to hundreds of low vision professionals involved clinically and through research. The attendees include:
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Vision Research Scientists
  • Vision Rehabilitation Professionals
You can meet face-to-face with the industry and field leaders. With your registration you also have the opportunity to attend sessions, expanding your knowledge about the important field of low vision rehabilitation and research.

To learn more about sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising at Envision 09, visit the Envision Conference website or contact Steve Stambaugh, [email protected]

Registration is now open
Early-bird rate available until July 1

Online registration for Envision Conference 09 is now open. Register by July 1, 2009 to receive the early bird rate of $425. Register after July 1 and full registration is $525. Onsite registration will be $575. Visit the Envision Conference website for more information and to register online.

Envision 09 returns to San Antonio
Westin Riverwalk Hotel
The Westin Riverwalk Hotel, located in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, will be the setting of Envision 09, the multidisciplinary low vision rehabilitation and research conference. The hotel boasts up-to-date conference facilities and luxurious guest rooms, most with balconies overlooking the river. The Paseo del Rio, located right outside the hotel, is a pedestrian walkway lined with gardens, shops and waterside cafes.

The Westin Riverwalk Hotel is offering a discounted rate for Envision 09 attendees. A single or double guest room is $179 a night, and $20 for each additional guest. Reservations can be made by calling (888) 627-8396 or online. When calling, be sure to mention that you are with the group Envision. This rate is valid until August 7 or when the Envision block of rooms sells out, whichever comes first, so book early.

For more information about hotel and travel, visit the Envision Conference website.

Get a jump start on your trip! Click here for more information about San Antonio, Texas.

Our mailing address is:
Envision, Inc. 610 N. Main Wichita, KS 67203

Our telephone:
(316) 440-1530

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development


The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Web site,

The revised Web site features the full JRRD archive dating back to 1977. Full-text articles are available in PDF and HTML format for download at no charge and without subscription. The archive can be browsed by year or searched by keyword. The Web site also features improved navigation and updated author guidelines.

Subscriptions to the print journal are available by sending an e-mail request to [email protected] E-mail subscriptions to the table of contents of newly published issues are also available by request.

The JRRD is a well-established and respected peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the VA. The journal publishes original research, clinical studies, and reviews covering 28 rehabilitation disciplines. JRRD is widely distributed to both national and international audiences in print and electronic format, reaching more than 500,000 readers across 6 continents in 2007. To learn more about the journal and its publishing policies, please visit

AAO Update: OD Board Certification

JBCPT Update

Approximately two years ago a task force was created to explore the issue of Board Certification for optometry. Having learned from the last attempt to tackle this issue, a task force consisting of representatives of the stakeholders of the profession was created and the Academy leadership determined that it was in the best interest of our membership and the profession to participate in this fact-finding endeavor. We have supported the formation of the Joint Board Certification Project Team (JBCPT), and we are fortunate to have had Dr. Tom Lewis and Dr. Mary Jo Stiegemeier represent our interests over these past 24 months.

There has been significant discussion about board certification on various blogs and listservs as this effort has proceeded. Unfortunately, much of what you may have read is not based in fact. The JBCPT has completed its work and it is unveiling its recommendations to the profession. We invite and encourage you to go to these links below to learn the facts for yourself and to assess for yourself the merits of the proposal.

You will soon see that earning Fellowship in the Academy plays a significant role in the proposed process. Also keep in mind that the initial process is strictly voluntary. We ask you to be intellectually honest in your appraisal of the process asking yourself the question, "Is this good for the profession?"

I know there will be lively debate on this issue, and your feedback is important to the Board to help us formulate an Academy position on board certification. After you have had time to read and digest the information about the proposed process for board certification, please feel free to send your comments to [email protected]. Your input will be quite valuable to us.

Mark Eger, OD, FAAO

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sharp Sighted

Comment: One of my colleagues on the list noted that:

Dear List,
I came across a great website, with tons of information and demonstrations on the visual system, from retina to visual cortex and superior colliculus, to ventral and dorsal streams.The part on binasal occluders was particularly interesting--he uses them to help balance central-peripheral input to help patients with "dyslexia".
Robin Price

Comment II: .... Robin is's a pretty cool sight! Check it out. Also...go to to sign up for the VTOD email mailing list...lots of good info....interesting discussion...on a wide variety of topics. DM

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Children's Vision Bill Introduced In Congress

...The American Academy of Ophthalmology applauded the introduction of legislation in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this week to combat undiagnosed and untreated vision problems in children. The legislation, known as the Vision Care for Kids Act of 2009, passed the House during the last Congress but stalled in the Senate. ...the Vision Care for Kids Act will bridge a significant gap in vision care. While many states have vision screening programs in place for the lowest income, financial resources are often lacking for many uninsured children to have follow-up diagnosis and treatment. This bill would complement existing state efforts by providing funding in the form of state grants for comprehensive eye examinations and treatment for uninsured children who fail a vision screening, authorizing $65 million dollars over five years. The legislation is important in that the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 does not mandate vision coverage...

Comments: The problem with this is it still allows for screening and not a comprehensive eye exam....every child should have a comprehensive eye examination...period. DM

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Easy-Going Personality Reduces Dementia Risk

... older adults who were socially outgoing but not easily distressed by circumstances were 49% less likely to develop dementia over time than were people who were extroverted and neurotic. ...A calm personality was also associated with a 49% reduced dementia risk in those who were not socially active compared with those who were stay-at-homes but prone to distress, ...

Comments: I'm doomed! I'm not known for my low key personality! DM

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cognitive Rehab Helps Patients with Acquired Brain Injuries

Cognitive rehabilitation can help patients with acquired brain injury, particularly those who have had a stroke, a meta-analysis showed. ...In an analysis of 97 studies, cognitive rehabilitation caused modest, but significant, treatment effects for global cognitive functioning Neuropsychology.