Friday, March 6, 2009
UPI (3/6) reports that, according to researchers at Canada's University of Guelph, "78 percent of the children in a" Canadian study "did not receive adequate amounts of omega-3 EPA and DHA in their diets." The group "found that the median daily consumption of omega-3 EPA and DHA was 31.5 mg, in a sample group of children" ages four to eight, well below the "suggested daily intake recommended by the Institute of Medicine, which is 90 mg of omega-3 EPA/DHA per day." And, based on the "recommendation by the American Dietitian Association and the Dietitians of Canada" of "351 mg of EPA/DHA per day," the study concluded that "90 percent of the children were deficient in omega-3 EPA/DHA."
Comments: I read somewhere that it takes a minimum of 10yrs before research gets into general medical practice. Let's hope that all by now know of PEDIG and how docs need to change the way they treat amblyopia. Listen up Docs...amblyopia can be treated even in adults! Yeah...it's true! DM
Comments: This includes neuro-optometric rehabilitation services as well. DM
Vivanti G, Nadig A, Ozonoff S, Rogers SJ.
What do children with autism attend to during imitation tasks?
J Exp Child Psychol. 2008 Nov;101(3):186-205. Epub 2008 Jun 25.
Individuals with autism show a complex profile of differences in imitative ability, including a general deficit in precision of imitating another's actions and special difficulty in imitating nonmeaningful gestures relative to meaningful actions on objects. Given that they also show atypical patterns of visual attention when observing social stimuli, we investigated whether possible differences in visual attention when observing an action to be imitated may contribute to imitative difficulties in autism in both nonmeaningful gestures and meaningful actions on objects. Results indicated that (a) a group of 18 high-functioning 8- to 15-year-olds with autistic disorder, in comparison with a matched group of 13 typically developing children, showed similar patterns of visual attention to the demonstrator's action but decreased attention to his face when observing a model to be imitated; (b) nonmeaningful gestures and meaningful actions on objects triggered distinct visual attention patterns that did not differ between groups; (c) the autism group demonstrated reduced imitative precision for both types of imitation; and (d) duration of visual attention to the demonstrator's action was related to imitation precision for nonmeaningful gestures in the autism group.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Comments: Get some sleep. Don't forget...convergence insufficiency and ADHD are also linked. Dm
Comments: The views and biases of the OMD residents' colleaues and teachers influence the resident's opinion. Anything doing with children in medicine tends to be looked down upon. The kids are too difficult to deal with and the pay is too low. Get over it!
Kids are fun! The pay is satisfactory.....and the deeds done heavenly! DM
The next time you're stuck on hold or zoning out during a dull meeting, you might want to reach for a pen and doodle -- and not just to ease your boredom. Doodling might help you remember snippets of key information that's mentioned in those conversations,
Bilateral uneven cataracts in children: amblyopia management by sequential intraocular lens implantation
Comments: There are potential unwanted side effects to anything you do in medicine...since there are many ways to handle amblyopia....the one I would choose last is to have my child experience/undergo 2 surgeries. Surgery always has risk. DM
Comments: Even mild head trauma may cause significant functional vision problems. These can include strabismus, convergence insufficiency, accommodative dysfunction (focusing problems), oculomotor anomalies, and othe vision information processing problems. If your child has a mild traumatic brain injury, please have him/her evaluated by an optometrist with knowledge about TBI and how to treat it. Go to http://www.covd.org and/or http://www.nora.cc/ for more information. DM
The Early Intervention VI listserv is an outgrowth of a five-year, federally funded project that “developed resources for building the capacity of universities to prepare personnel to serve infants and toddlers with visual impairments/blindness (VI) and their families.” Although the project has ended, the listserv continues to serve as an independent, online forum for professionals serving this birth to five population. Subscribers post questions, provide resources to one another and share their experiences.
It’s a great medium for connecting with those who work in your field. The website developed through this project is located at: http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~edin/index.htm. The principal investigator/director of the project, Dr. Deborah Hatton, is a Senior Scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
How to Subscribe:If you have colleagues who would like to subscribe, they’ll need to make their own request to me at [email protected]. This gives me their permission to add them and lets me verify their e-mail address.
Pam de Steiguer, M.A.EARLY_INTERVENTIONVI listserv managerThe University of Arizona(520) 626-3580 [email protected]
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
ICO recently hostedDr. Kenneth Ciuffreda as its 2009 Visiting Professor, a program made possible by the Dr. and Mrs. Dominick M. Maino Visiting Professor Endowment Fund. As a visiting professor, Dr. Ciuffreda discussed topics including acquired/traumatic brain injury and refractive error development with students and faculty.
Port Huron native Ashley Scheurer wants to help the world see a little more clearly. Scheurer, 26, a graduate student at the Illinois College of Optometry, was one of about 80 students, doctors, pharmacologists and others who traveled to Honduras from Feb. 13 through Feb. 20 on a mission with Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity.
"I think the most challenging and difficult thing is the fact that we are so blessed and so fortunate in the U.S. to have the facilities we have here," said Colip, who has been to Honduras, Bolivia and Peru on missions. "When you see the lines of 300 to 400 people lined up in the hot sun in the dirt to see you, very often in a tent with rudimentary equipment that you can carry in a trunk, you realize what the difference is." "It was just really fulfilling to feel like you helped that many people in such a short amount of time, especially people who don't have access to health care, let alone visual care," Scheurer said.
Drs. Allison, Goodfellow and Maino have recent publications in the [ http://www.opted.org/files/public/Winter09_Volume34_Number2.pdf] Journal of Optometric Education.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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To get the special price! DM
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The ARBO Staff
2009 Behavioral Scholar in Residence
New England College of Optometry
424 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02115
Will present to the Optometric Community and Interested Public
On Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 9:00 AM to Noon
Learning Related Visual Problems in Baltimore City:
A Long Term Project
A longitudinal, single-masked, random sample study of children at a Baltimore City Public Elementary school documents the prevalence of learning-related visual problems in the inner city of Baltimore and tests the effectiveness of vision therapy. Vision therapy was provided to one of the randomly selected groups and data was collected on optometric tests, visual performance tests, and standardized achievement tests before and after treatment was provided. Data presented shows that the vision therapy program has made a significant difference in the demand level of reading that could be read for understanding, in math achievement on standardized testing, and in reading scores on standardized testing, as well as on infrared eye-movement Visagraph recordings, which show significant changes on nearly all mechanical aspects of the reading process. This paper makes a strong case that untreated learning-related vision problems are a significant public health conce rn and that the profession of optometry has a treatment modality that can address these problems in a significant way. The paper presents many of the difficult questions that had to be addressed during both the early formation stage of the study and during the execution of the study. The rationale behind the key decisions that had to be made during each step of the program is provided so that future researchers may be able to replicate this study with full knowledge of what to expect.
Three hours of Massachusetts approved CE will be Awarded
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Inattention, inability to focus, lack of interest in academic activities--they're symptoms frequently associated with ADHD.
Comments: I usually don't put info on 'spit' here...but it was too interesting to pass up! DM
The P100 latency on pVEP at the time of initial diagnosis was significantly related to the visual improvement after occlusion therapy or glasses in patients with strabismic, anisometropic, and isometropic amblyopia. Therefore, it was presumed that patients with a delayed P100 latency might have less visual improvement after occlusion therapy or glasses. In addition, there was no apparent difference in P100 latency between patients with strabismic and non-strabismic (anisometropic or isometropic) amblyopia.
UIW receives pre-accreditation approval to begin doctoral professional program for its School of Optometry
The San Antonio Business Journal (3/3, Phinisee) reports that the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, TX, "has received pre-accreditation approval to begin its doctoral professional program for its School of Optometry. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association granted the approval." UIW "expects to enroll between 50 and 60 students in its inaugural class," and will also offer "a Spanish certificate within the program to help serve the Spanish-speaking population." Facilities for the School of Optometry "will be housed in two locations," each of which "will offer a wide range of optometric services, as well as a special commitment to pediatric eye care and low-vision services." And, "in conjunction with the doctor of optometry program, UIW also plans to launch a bachelor of science degree program in vision science."