Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pediatric Visual Impairment

Famous Finnish ophthalmologist, Lea Hyvärinen, MD (left), lectured at the recent College of Optometrists in Vision Development international meeting in Texas. She was also celebrating the publication of her new book on children with severe visual problems. Before it's publication, Lea (as she is affectionately known) asked me (right) to review and make suggestions about the soon to be published work. It was my honor to do so.

The text, What and How Does this Child See? is co-authored by Lea and Namita Jacob. It is available from Good-lite and several other sources for about $95.00 USD. For your $95.00 you receive not only the book but also a CD with a digital version of the book and many of the great PowerPoint presentations and videos Lea has produced over the years. What is really awesome is that you can freely use these videos in your own presentations.

 Good-lite was kind enough to donate a copy of the book to the Illinois College of Optometry's Student Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association group so that we could raffle it off to raise money to support all the activities of SNORA (I'm their faculty adviser). I then asked Lea to autograph the book....which she did gladly!

This is a text that should be on anyone's shelf who works with children with visual impairment. Go to the Good-lite website and buy it now! (I have no financial interest in the book).

On the same topic, I am also pleased to announce the Second Annual American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment
on Friday, April 12, 2013        7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center   8200 Dodge St. Omaha, Nebraska

Expert panelists include:

Linda Baker Nobles, MS, OTR
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alan Lantzy, MD
Vice Chairperson, Department of Pediatrics
Neonatologist, Western Pennsylvania Hospital
and Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh

Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, Illinois Eye
Institute/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago

Lyons Family Eye Care, Chicago

Christine Roman Lantzy, Ph.D.

Director, Pediatric View Program, The Western
Pennsylvania Hospital; CVI Consultant, The American Printing House for the Blind Educational Consultant, Pittsburgh

Contact Sara Olsen at 402.955.6070 for more information.



The Free Radical Theory of Aging and Antioxidant Supplements A Systematic Review

The Free Radical Theory of Aging and Antioxidant Supplements

A Systematic Review

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vision Therapy...Visual Therapy

I Do It My Way: Vision Therapy Will Help

We can matter what you call it!]

Right here, right now: Autism documentary winning hearts and acclaim

Right here, right now: Autism documentary winning hearts and acclaim

Why was the autism debate not allowed on Univ. of Wisconsin La Crosse campus?

Why was the autism debate not allowed on Univ. of Wisconsin La Crosse campus?

British journalist Brian Deer came to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse to speak as part of a lecture series in Life Sciences. He presented his version of a current controversy in medicine: the link to vaccines and autism. Mr. Deer claims that Dr. Andrew Wakefield had perpetrated a fraud on the public when he wrote about the possible link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease and autism in children. He expressed no concern, however, over why autism is now affecting one in every 88 U.S. children, one in every 54 boys....

Comments: Is it because their is NO link between autism and vaccines? Maybe .I don't know. I do know that the link between autism and vaccines have been shown to be bogus! Get your kids vaccinated. Now. DM

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Autism Criteria Will Have Minor Impact

New Autism Criteria Will Have Minor Impact

...only 10 percent of these children would be excluded under the new criteria.

"I know that parents worry, but I don't believe there is any substantial reason to fear that children who need to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, and provided with vital services, will not be included in the new criteria in this updated manual," said study senior investigator Dr. Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Westchester campus, along with its affiliated medical schools Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons....

Comments:Which is fine...unless you are the 10%. .....What they give by definition...They can take away by definition. DM

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Famous Authors (almost famous?) Participate in Book Signing

I've had the opportunity to publish 3 books, several book chapters and hundreds of articles on a variety of topics. From time to time those who have purchased one of my books would ask me to
autograph it. This has always resulted in a special feeling of appreciation for those who value my work.

The publisher of my latest work (Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs) held an official author book signing event during the annual meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development meeting in Fort Worth, TX.

My co-editors/authors and I spent an hour and a half hanging out by the publisher's booth signing books for more than 40 colleagues. Dr. Marc Taub, Dr. Mary Bartuccio and I want to thank all who had a part to play in the production of this text. The chapter authors, production team, publisher...  and certainly our readers ... all deserve accolades for the part they played in making this book possible.

Although I am not yet at the level of Stephen King as an author of renown, I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to produce a book on the very important topic of patients with special needs. I am also grateful that there are doctors out there that care for these patients.not only by using the latest knowledge and scientific tools available but by using large doses of compassion as well. DM

Lion King” sold out in a day.

Lion King” sold out in a day. 

Cheryl Squires, a refreshingly no-nonsense Queens school teacher whose 10-year-old son Geoffrey has autism, said she bought seats the minute they were available because there’d be “no staring and no judgments” at the theater. When the hit Disney show was over, she added, “We made friends with the parents and children sitting around us.” Creating a friendly, safe and tolerant environment was the goal of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) when it launched its Autism Theater Initiative last October at “The Lion King.” A performance of “Mary Poppins” followed in April. 

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