Saturday, November 20, 2010

Can food additives affect ADHD?

....If your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it's not because he or she played too many video games, logged multiple hours of TV viewing, or ate the wrong kinds of foods. In fact, researchers think the cause of ADHD is largely genetic. But it is tempting to look for dietary factors that could be making symptoms worse....

Apollo Chorus Sings Handel's Messiah

I had the honor to be directed by Mr. Stephen Alltop and actually sang on the same stage as some of the featured artists noted above. If you are in Chicago, you must go see this. It is a wonderful experience by a very talented group. DM

Questions About Eye Docs and Eye Care

Santa Eye Exam

AOA Newsletter for Students and New Graduates

InfantSee: The Official Facebook page

It was brought to my attention that there are more than one InfantSEE Facebook pages and another page actually comes up first when InfantSEE and Facebook are Googled. It has been noticed that several of you have signed up for the InfantSEE Facebook page that is not the correct one for InfantSEE. The correct link follows: The other one is an OD in NC. The correct page indicates the it is a program of Optometry Cares - the AOA Foundation.

Frederick W. Brock: A Strabismus Manual

Dr. Brock was an incredible individual with great clinical insight. Take a look at this manual for conducting optometric vision therapy (orthoptic training) when those patients with strabismus.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

MommyTech at CES

I am going to be part to the MommyTech Conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Check out

3D Moms
10:00 - 10:50 AM

This is the year we’ll decide whether or not we want our entertainment to be fully 3D immersive or not - —and but that means being armed with the facts. What do we know about the world of 3D family entertainment? From choosing the best glasses to the best content, what should we know to make the best decisions?

I will talking about 3D Vision Syndrome and how that can affect all in the family. I will also be discussing how industry can team up with optometry (American Optometric Association/College of Optometrists in Vision Development) to use 3D content to provide a public health program to improve the vision of our children and their families. If you're in Las Vegas in January...come and participate. DM

MommyTech Conference Schedule
January 8, 2011
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N260

3 Genetic Anomalies 1 Patient

I and colleague Dr. Alicia Feis presented a poster at the American Academy of Optometry meeting on a patient with 3 genetic anomalies that we helped with optometric vision therapy. Go to Trisomy 8, Turners syndrome, Triple X: A Case Report to see the poster.

25 Years in the American Academy of Optometry

I uploaded a picture of my emerald pin recognizing my 25 yrs of active membership in the AAO to Facebook. This is a much better pic. DM

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

10 Common Myths About ADHD

This brief article does a nice job debunking the myths associated with ADHD.... Click on title to read article.... What it doesn't do is that it doesn't tell you that ADHD symptomology can be caused by binocular vision every child with suspected ADHD should have a comprehensive assessment of the binocular vision system to rule out eye problems as a potential cause. Docs who can help can be found at DM

The 3D Vision Syndrome: A Case Report

Many of those who stopped by my poster presentation today asked for a here it is. Enjoy! (Just click the title and download). DM

AAO Update: NETRA and Me!!

I had a chance to meet and talk to Vitor F. Pamplona, one of the inventors of the NETRA: Interactive Display for Refractive Errors and Focal Range during the ongoing American Academy of Optometry meeting in San Francisco. This device allows you to use a cell phone to do a self refraction so that an appropriate pair of glasses can be made. This will allow those individuals in countries without optometrisst to obtain a refraction and corrective eyeware. Most of us in the USA may wonder what the big deal is...but the number cause of visual impairment in the world is not eye disease but uncorrected myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. Victor was great to talk to and it was obvious that he was very excited about this tool. DM

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lawrence G. Gray Symposium for Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders

The first annual Lawrence G. Gray Symposium for Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders will be held at this year's meeting of the American Academy of Optometry on Thursday November 18 in room 2003 of the Moscone Center West from 10:00am-noon.

Featured lecturers include Drs. Steve Galetta (Van Meter Professor of Neurology and head of Neuro-ophthalmology - University of Pennsylvania), Mark Moster (Neuro-ophthalmology Service - the Wills Eye Hospital), Patti Modica (the Optometric Center - SUNY) and Kelly Malloy (PCO-Salus University).

Prior to his untimely death, Dr. Gray was adjunct faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry and was a strident supporter of increased collaboration between the disciplines of neuro-ophthalmology and optometry. Hope to see you there!

New Journals added to PubMed

Clinical Epidemiology URL:

International Journal of Women’s Health URL:

ADHD Rates Are Increasing

...More parents are reporting that their children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some point in their lives than earlier in the decade, according to the CDC.

The percentage of children and teens ages 4 to 17 with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis increased from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007, researchers from the agency's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and from the National Center for Health Statistics reported in the Nov. 12 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report....

Child with autism connects with Kinect

...John and his four-year-old son Kyle went to Target to pick one up. Kyle is autistic, and has had trouble with video games, but his dad says that he always wants to try, and to keep practicing despite the potential for frustration. The controller is a barrier for Kyle. It's hard for him to master the complicated (and seemingly unrelated) button combinations required by traditional game consoles....

Gaming May Be Good For Boys

....A cross-sectional survey of more than 4,000 high-schoolers found that boys who regularly played video games were less likely to smoke or use marijuana, and somewhat more likely to get better grades -- while the girl gamers were more prone to get into fights or carry weapons....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Eye Condition Mistaken For ADHD

....Anteneh Asfaw, a 20-year-old college student, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when he was seven. He thought he had over come his problems. But in his first semester of college he couldn't sit still to read longer than fifteen minutes at a time. "I signed up for about 4 classes and then I ended up dropping about all of them," Anteneh told us. After being tested again for a learning disability he was sent to Dr. Amanda Zeller, a Developmental Optometrist in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She said mental focus wasn't Anteneh's problem; it was his eyes. He had Convergence Insufficiency Disorder....


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