Saturday, November 24, 2012

Educational Cartoon Accelerates Amblyopia Therapy and Improves Compliance

Educational Cartoon Accelerates Amblyopia Therapy and Improves Compliance 

.....After implementation of the cartoon, electronically measured compliance improved, attendance improved, acuity increased more rapidly, and treatment was shorter. This may be due, in part, to additional measures such as the course on compliance. However, that these advantages were especially pronounced in children in low SES areas with a large proportion of immigrants who spoke Dutch poorly supports its use in such areas. ....

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wild Chicago Features Lyons Family Eye Care

Dr. Stephanie Lyons, a member of the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, along with her whole office was interviewed by Emmy Award winning TV producer Ben Hollis. Here Ben invites Dr. Stephanie Lyons, John (her husband and practice manager), and office staff to tell all about what makes Lyons Family Eye Care (LFEC) a Chicago eye care center of excellence. The key? Our high-tech and high-touch approach to eye and vision care.

I wasn't in the office the day they filmed this so I missed out on the fun, but I do my very best to add to the high level of care our patients receive when I am there on Wednesdays. Dr. Lyons, a former student of mine at the Illinois College of Optometry, is an outstanding practitioner of the vision arts. We provide primary and specialized eye and vision care including diagnosing and treating learning related vision problems such as convergence insufficiency, focusing problems and vision information processing anomalies. We conduct computerized assessment of eye movements while reading to determine if eye movements affect reading fluency and have additional technology to help us meet our patients' needs.

We also offer Optometric Vision Therapy for many of the problems noted above as well.

Come to Lyons Family Eye Care for all your vision needs. We are there to serve you. DM

AOA Tech Columns by Maino & Goodfellow

 These are all of the Technology Columns that Dr. GoodFellow and I written for the AOANews since we started. Enjoy. Feedback welcome.

In practice: Integrating instrumentation, EHR

November 5, 2012
By Dominick M. Maino, O.D., and Geoffrey W. Goodfellow, O.D. AOA member Stephanie Lyons, O.D., and her husband and office manager, John, knew immediately when they created their own private practice it had to offer both warm and compassionate care, as well as the latest integrated technology. Even though Dr. Lyons is a fairly recent [...]

High-tech contact lenses: Glucose monitoring

September 28, 2012
By Geoffrey W. Goodfellow, O.D., and Dominick M. Maino, O.D. Patients with diabetes often must check their blood glucose levels using a drop of blood from a finger stick. Fortunately, most patients adapt to this diagnostic test and report that, although unpleasant, the repeated finger sticks are not terribly painful. However, researchers at the University [...]

DIY refractions: Disruptive innovation that affects science, people and the economy

September 13, 2012
By Dominick M. Maino, O.D., and Geoffrey G. Goodfellow, O.D. Are refracting opticians the only potential threat to the delivery of optometric refractive care? Probably not. New technology like the NETRA device may also become significant in how refractive care is delivered to our patients. I (Dr. Maino) met Vitor Pamplona at an American Academy [...]

Health care portals: A patient’s connection to your EHR

August 9, 2012
By Geoffrey G. Goodfellow, O.D., and Dominick M. Maino, O.D. An important component of an effective electronic health record (EHR) system is a patient portal. A portal is a Web interface to related sets of data, content, or Web services. Google is one of the most well-known portals that aggregates information into one place. What is [...]

Chicago practice puts the eye in iPad

June 16, 2012
By Dominick M. Maino, O.D., and Geoffrey G. Goodfellow, O.D. The use of a lion in an office might be too scary for most patients. But Lyons Family Eye Care, an urban optometric family practice in Chicago, not only combines a welcoming lion in its logo, but also makes the use of technology within its [...]

Optometry has options in clinical apps for smartphones

May 30, 2012
By Dominick M. Maino, O.D., and Geoffrey G. Goodfellow, O.D. It wasn’t looking very good. According to posters presented at a recent American Academy of Optometry meeting, most of the smartphone apps really did not do what they said they did. These apps seldom met the criteria expected by the researchers. But don’t dismay, if the [...]

Drug-dispensing contact lenses a reality

May 9, 2012
By Geoffrey G. Goodfellow, O.D., and Dominick M. Maino, O.D. Eye care providers are readily familiar with the vision and cosmetic benefits that contact lenses afford over spectacles. Most of these clinicians are also aware of the more medical applications of such devices in the form of bandage contact lenses and orthokeratology. However, another important [...]

Heads up! Latest in Google HUD glasses technology set to hit market by end of year

April 21, 2012
By Dominick M. Maino, O.D., and Geoffrey G. Goodfellow, O.D. Google plans to release a heads-up display (HUD) system to be worn like a pair of glasses or goggles (Google Glasses). More than likely this device will be integrated with not only the expected camera, but also voice search, local search, and optical character reading [...]

Head Injury and Concussion Management

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Parental smoking and childhood refractive error

Parental smoking and childhood refractive error

.....In light of this finding of an inverse association between parental smoking and childhood myopia, further studies are suggested to better understand the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor pharmacology in ocular development. This may pave the way for the development of targeted treatment strategies for prevention of myopia.....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Surgical intervention in childhood intermittent exotropia: current practice and clinical outcomes from an observational cohort study

Surgical intervention in childhood intermittent exotropia: current practice and clinical outcomes from an observational cohort study 

Comments: 65% of the patients had less than excellent outcomes (28% fair outcomes and 37 poor outcomes). 20% had recurrent XTs. Over correction occurred in 15% of the children. So why do we refer for strabismus surgery before trying non-surgical intervention? Find a functional optometrist before you undergo surgery to determine if optometric vision therapy may be a better option. DM

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

American Optometric Association: Call for Posters Now Open!

Call for Posters Now Open!

The AOA is inviting participation in the Clinical and Scientific Poster Session at Optometry’s Meeting®.      

The program creates a national forum for clinicians, students, and faculty to communicate interesting cases and unique research to their colleagues.  The poster preview session will be held Friday, June 28, 2013 and the interactive session offering continuing education credit will be Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 11am to 2pm at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
Poster abstracts must be submitted electronically and must be received by February 6, 2013.  For more details and an electronic submission form, log on to and click on the Call for Posters link.

For more information contact Stacy Harris at 314-983-4254 or at [email protected]

Stacy Harris
Manager, Education
American Optometric Association
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: 314-983-4254

Monday, November 19, 2012

Researcher produces formula that may predict probability of strokes

Researcher produces formula that may predict probability of strokes

...A Taiwan researcher said Sunday he has come up with a formula to predict with an 80-percent accuracy rate the chances of someone getting a stroke within 10 years based on their medical records....


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quit smoking by middle age and live ten more years

Quit smoking by middle age and live ten more years 

.....A STUDY has shown that smokers can add up to ten extra years to their life if they give up before middle age. The study of 1.3 million women found that quitting smoking by the age of 30 allowed them to avoid up to 97 per cent of the extra risk of premature death. .....

Comments: Click on title above for more information. DM