Monday, April 4, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011 Continuing Education for Optometrists

Continuing Education Event


Richard London, MA, OD, FAAO
The Illinois College of Optometry's 2011 Dr. & Mrs. Dominick Maino Visiting Professor

Additional lectures presented:

3 D Vision Syndrome:
Technologically Induced Visual Impairment
Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Evidence Based Advances in Pediatric Eye and Vision Care
Christine Allison, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Location: Illinois College of Optometry Lecture Center
3241 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Il. 60616

Courses will focus on pathology-acquired binocular vision anomalies,
3-D vision concerns, and evidence based advances in pediatric eye and vision care.

Cost: $180 non-tested, $210 tested      6 Hours of CE Credit (4 Hours Tested, COPE Approval Pending)

About The Dr. and Mrs. Dominick M. Maino Visiting Professor

Rick London, OD, MA, FAAO
Professor of Optometry, Pacific University College of Optometry
Pediatric and Strabismus Referral Center, Portland,OR
Diplomate, Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry
Visiting Scholar/Scientist, Columbia University, NY

The Dr. and Mrs. Dominick M. Maino Visiting Professor Endowment Fund and Visiting Professor Program was established to support excellence in both didactic and clinical education at the Illinois College of Optometry. This program is utilized to bring to the ICO campus internationally recognized experts in the fields of pediatric optometry/ophthalmology, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, binocular vision, vision and learning, and/or special populations. The last 3 Visiting Professors included: Drs. Leonard Press, Kenneth Ciuffreda, and Mitchell Scheiman.

Effect of Music-Based Multitask Training on Gait, Balance, and Fall Risk in Elderly People

....In community-dwelling older people at increased risk of falling, a 6-month music-based multitask exercise program improved gait under dual-task condition, improved balance, and reduced both the rate of falls and the risk of falling.....

John Ott and Full Spectrum Lighting

More than 50 years ago, Dr. John Ott introduced the concept that light is something that can affect a whole host of living organisms including man and women.Go here to read a mini-biography.

Light, Radiation, and Academic Behavior

Influence of Fluorescent Lights on Hyperactivity and Learning Disabilities

Full-Spectrum Fluorescent Lighting Effects on People:A Critical Review



Sunday, April 3, 2011

iPad Apps for those with Learning Disabilities: From MatchaCollege

  1. Crazy Face Lite: Crazy Face Lite encourages shy students to speak more often, and is great with students who have trouble speaking.
  2. Autism Timer: This app offers a digital timer for students with autism.
  3. Behavior Assessment Pro: BAP identifies factors related to problem behaviors for autistic kids.
  4. Awareness!: Awareness allows students to listen to their surroundings while also playing games, watching a video, and more.
  5. Everyday Skills: Use this app to find self-directed learning for students with autism and learning disabilities.
  6. Proloquo2Go: Proloquo2Go offers picture-based communication for children with communication disorders.
  7. ArtikPix: Children with speech issues can use ArtikPix to practice sounds and words at home.
  8. Aurify: Aurify is a challenging and rewarding audio game for students, especially those with learning disabilities.
  9. iEarnedThat: This tool can help parents track and reward good behavior.
  10. Model Me Going Places: This visual teaching tool can help your child navigate challenging locations with appropriate behavior.
  11. iWriteWords: Encourage fine motor skills using IWriteWords for practicing writing letters, numbers, and words.
  12. MyTalkTools Mobile: MyTalkTools Mobile offers augmentative and alternative communication for learning disabled students.
  13. First Then Visual Schedule: Provide positive behavior support using the First Then Visual Schedule app for the iPad.
  14. Idea Sketch: Draw mind maps, flow charts, and more with Idea Sketch.
  15. Off We Go!: Off We Go! can help children with special needs become more comfortable in new situations.
  16. AutismXpress: Autism Xpress makes it easy for people with autism to recognize and express their emotions.
  17. StoryBuilder: StoryBuilder can improve auditory processing for children with autism or sensory processing disorders.
  18. iMindMap Mobile Pro: Let creative thoughts flow using iMindMap Mobile Pro.
  19. Grace: Grace can help autistic and special needs children build sentences to communicate effectively.
  20. Which Does Not Belong: This app will help your learner discriminate which items don’t belong in a group and encourage vocal imitation.
  21. My Choice Board: Kids with autism, communication delays, or learning differences can express their needs and wants through this choice board.
  22. iThoughts: iThoughts will enable students to see the big picture and concentrate on multiple thoughts at once.
  23. LivingSafely: LivingSafely can help students with autism and developmental disabilities practice self-directed learning.
  24. iCommunicate: Children with autism and visual challenges can use this app with pictures, storyboards, routines, and more.
  25. Toy Story 3 Read Along: Toy Story’s app is a great early literacy tool for early language learners.
  26. ACT Spell: ACT Spell offers games for training motor/visual/executive functions.
  27. Stories2LEarn: Promote social skills and literacy by creating personalized stories on Stories2Learn.
  28. iConverse: iConverse works as a picture exchange communication system for autistic individuals and those with communicative disabilities.
  29. MyTalk Mobile: Those with communication difficulties can express themselves through MyTalk.
  30. MindNode: MindNode makes creating mind maps easy.
  31. Storyrobe: Storyrobe offers a simple and easy way to produce digital stories.
  32. Flashcards for iPad: This app can be used effectively for special needs learners.
  33. Glow Draw!: Glow Draw! is a fun drawing app for students with visual development problems.
  34. What Rhymes?: Encourage reading comprehension with this reading comprehension tool for visual and auditory learners.
  35. MyHomework: MyHomework can help students with trouble concentrating keep track of their next task.
  36. Bigger Words: Bigger Words can help kids read easier.
  37. iSpectrum: iSpectrum offers an assistant for color blindness.
  38. Dragon Dictation: Dragon Dictation is great for students who have reading disabilities or are unable to write.
  39. Talkulator: Talkulator can help students with visual problems count and do arithmetic.
  40. Read2Me: Read2Me will import a text file and read it aloud to weaker readers.

3D Eye

The 3Ds of Stereoscopic 3D Viewing


Since 3D viewing is based on the eyes converging in front of or beyond the screen, viewing 3D images can potentially create eyestrain and headaches. Consumers can reduce the conflict by sitting at a greater distance from the screen. 


3D technology can exaggerate visual motion hypersensitivity (VMH), which can cause motion sickness, and vergence-accommodation conflict, causing consumers to feel dizzy or nauseous during or after viewing 3D content.

•Lack of Depth:
A viewer lacking binocular vision, simply won’t see 3D. While this doesn’t pose any problem viewing the screen, it serves as a “vision screening” that something is abnormal with the viewer’s binocular vision.

If you notice any of the above....visit your Doctor of Optometry today!

Treatment of symptomatic convergence insufficiency with a home-based computer orthoptic exercise program

....A total of 42 patients were included. Mean treatment duration was 12.6 weeks; mean follow-up, 8.5 months. Of the 42 patients, 35 were treated with the home-based computer orthoptic program and push-up exercises; the remaining 7 only used the computer orthoptic program. ...... Baseline mean NPC was 24.2 cm; posttreatment mean NPC improved to 5.6 cm: 39 patients (92.8%) achieved an NPC of ��6 cm (p < 0.001). Positive fusional vergence improved in 39 patients (92.8%). Fourteen patients reduced their near exophoria by ��5��. A total of 27 patients (64.2%) reported resolution of symptoms after treatment......

Refractive errors and strabismus in Asian patients with Down syndrome.

....Hyperopia (46.5%) was ...more common than myopia .... prevalence of myopia increased with age,... Astigmatism was found in 66.8% of patients, and astigmatism....Anisometropia was identified in 29.7% ... Esotropia (22.1%) was twice as common as exotropia (10.5%). T.... Fifty patients were found to have nystagmus (29.1%).....

Ophthalmic assessment of children with down syndrome: is England doing its bit?

....Of the 96 children with Down syndrome, 38% received no ophthalmic assessment. Of those seen, the mean age at first appointment was nearly 3 years, ....Most children (96%) had at least one ophthalmic abnormality,.... 19% of children receiving no follow-up..... A screening program might have a beneficial impact on the vision of children with Down syndrome....

Comments: OK let me see if I understand this....96% had eye problems and they recommend a vision screening? What is wrong with this recommendation? Everything of course. All with Down syndrome should have full and complete eye examinations starting at least at 6-12 months of age and yearly there after! Shame on them!  DM

Exploring a New Dimension - Chris Haws

3Ds of Stereoscopic 3D Viewing

Optometrists describe effects of 3D viewing on eye health

AOA and 3D @ Home March 15th 2011

The Visual System and Virtual 3D - Jim Sheedy, O.D., Ph.D.

3D: The User Experience Story - Philip J. Corriveau