Friday, January 11, 2013

Autistic Adults Report Significant Shortcomings In Their Health Care

Autistic Adults Report Significant Shortcomings In Their Health Care

....Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have found that adults with autism, who represent about 1 percent of the adult population in the United States, report significantly worse health care experiences than their non-autistic counterparts. ....

Annual American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment

The 2nd Annual American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2013.  As a past conference past conference participant and presenter for this year's conference I wanted to share some details regarding the upcoming course. 
We have an outstanding conference planned for 2013.  A new feature to this year’s conference is a research forum on Saturday morning, April 13. 
Please see the link below for additional information on the course agenda, speakers, CEUs, and registration fee.  This course was COPE Approved last year and expect it to be so again this year.
To register, visit

Expert Panel Includes:

Linda Baker Nobles, MS, OTR, Occupational Therapy, 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

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
I hope you’ll be able to join us in Omaha this April.
You should contact Ms. Sara Olsen directly with any questions.
Sara M. Olsen, M.Ed.,Continuing Medical Education Coordinator,Medical Staff Services
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
8200 Dodge Street Omaha, NE 68114-4113
402.955.6070 402.955.4162 FAX

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Correlation between autism diagnosis and organic food sales

Correlation between autism diagnosis and organic food sales

Redditor Jasonp55 has a neat demonstration of the perils of confusing correlation with causation, and his well-chosen example makes this a potentially useful chart for discussing this issue with friends who won't vaccinate themselves and their kids

National Academies of Practice: Things You Should Know!

Call for Abstracts for the 2013 Annual Meeting & Forum Poster Session
NAP is pleased to announce that it is now accepting abstracts for the Poster Session at the 2013 Annual Meeting & Forum. Abstract content should reflect interprofessional healthcare subjects: practice, education, research or policy. Selected presentations may be invited to submit a paper to the NAP E-Journal:  Journal of Interprofessional Healthcare (JIH).  Abstract submissions are due by Monday, February 4, 2013. Notification regarding decisions will be sent to all submitters by February 15.  Please click here to visit the NAP website for more information, and submission instructions.
The Annual Meeting & Forum will be held April 5-7 in Alexandria, Virginia at the Westin Alexandria.  The NAP website is the place to check for program updates and more. Registration will be opening soon!
A Look Back at the Progress of Health Care Reform
This is an important review of healthcare reform from the President of the Commonwealth Fund, Karen Davis, who is stepping down after a very prestigious career and a very important role in moving affordable, accessible, coordinated care from a dream to the ACA Act. The Commonwealth Fund supported the 2009 NAP Forum "Transforming Health Care: Models of Interdisciplinary Care Coordination That Work" and the resulting NAP policy paper "Models of Accountable, Coordinated Health Care."  Our paper was highlighted on the Commonwealth Fund website for some time. Quite a feather in our cap!  You can find it now on the NAP website.

Rapid Eye Movements Significantly Delayed In People With Glaucoma

Rapid Eye Movements Significantly Delayed In People With Glaucoma

.....The finding.......may shed new light on why glaucoma patients are at increased risk for falls and car accidents. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. ....Rapid (or saccadic) eye movements are the quick, simultaneous movements of both eyes in the same direction. They are involved in a myriad of everyday activities, from reading to scanning the surrounding environment, be it a busy subway station, grocery store shelves or oncoming traffic. .....

Comments: Maybe it's about time for the functional optometrist to become involved with the care of the patient with glaucoma! I'm curious what would happen if we used optometric vision therapy to improve eye movement ability? DM

Generic Drugs Often Have Incorrect Safety Labeling

Generic Drugs Often Have Incorrect Safety Labeling

....The investigators reviewed 9,105 product labels for over 1,500 drugs available on DailyMed, an online repository of labeling information maintained by the FDA and the National Library of Medicine. Of the 1,040 drugs with more than one manufacturer's label, 68 percent showed some discrepancies within their safety information......

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Visual processing and learning disorders.

Visual processing and learning disorders

....Ophthalmologists ... must realize that with normal 20/20 eyesight interpretation of what is seen may be dysfunctional because of faulty brain processing of that which is seen by normal eyes. Abnormal Visual Processing ... disorders eventually lead directly to learning disorders in children and young adults.....Recent neuropsychology discoveries have helped in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of children with visual processing and learning disorders. Quality-of-life and educational efficiency therefore can be improved.....

Comments: There! It is now officially recognized in an ophthalmology journal. 20/20 vision is not enough. How we process what we see affects learning! We can improve how we process what we see with Optometric Vision Therapy. If we improve visual information processing does learning improve? Just ask any functional optometrist! For more information go to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Extension Program Foundation...and if you live in the Chicago-land area contact me at Lyons Family Eye Care or at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute. DM

Monday, January 7, 2013

American Board of Optometry Receives Accreditation

American Board of Optometry Receives Accreditation
by National Commission for Certifying Agencies

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 4, 2013 - The American Board of Optometry (ABO) is pleased to announce that its board certification program has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five-year period.  The ABO received NCCA accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the NCCA’s rigorous Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

“Receiving NCCA accreditation is another significant step in assuring credibility of the ABO,” said Paul C. Ajamian, O.D., ABO chairman of the board.  “We will continue to pursue such measures to advance our process and our profession.”

The NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance).  Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry.  The NCCA Standards are comprehensive and cover all aspects of the certification program(s), including administration, assessment development and recertification.  NCCA standards are consistent with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999) and are applicable to all professions and industries.

There are 254 NCCA accredited programs that certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations, through organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.  Of ICE’s more than 330 organizational members, 119 of them have accredited programs.

ICE’s mission is to advance credentialing through education, standards, research, and advocacy to ensure competence across professions and occupations.  NCCA was founded as a commission whose mission is to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs that assess professional competence.  NCCA uses a peer-review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with these standards; recognize programs that demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification.  For more information on NCCA accreditation, visit

About the American Board Optometry (ABO)
The American Board of Optometry was founded in 2009 by the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, American Optometric Student Association and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.  For more information, please visit

Optometry and Vision Development

The final issue of OVD!

Optometry and Vision Development OVD 43-4Volume 43, No. 4, 2012


Nawlins Knowledge and Other Bits of Wisdom, Wit and Whimsy
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A, Editor


The Developmental Eye Movement (DEM) Test: Normative Data for Italian Population
by Alessio Facchin, MA; Silvio Maffioletti; Tony Carnevali, OD

A Comparison of Three Clinical Tests of Accommodation Amplitude to Hofstetter’s Norms to Guide Diagnosis and Treatment
by Marc B. Taub OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD; Josephine Shallo-Hoffmann, PhD, FAAO

Neurobiology of developmental dyslexia Part 2: A review of magnetic resonance 191 imaging (MRI) studies of the corpus callosum by SO Wajuihian

Literature Review Current Eye & Vision Science Literature Review
by David A. Goss, OD, PhD, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Book Review Traumatic Brain Injury Review
by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Practice Management Leadership: The key to creating the future
by Toni Bristol, Expansion Consultants, Inc.

COVD 42nd Annual Meeting Papers and Posters

The President’s Speech - A Split Personality

2012 COVD 42nd Annual Meeting Photos