Friday, February 1, 2013



 VISION ACCESS is a magazine by, for, and about people with low vision. VISION ACCESS is published quarterly in three formats (large print, cassette, or e-mail) by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), a not-for-profit affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

Views expressed in VISION ACCESS are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or of CCLVI. All rights revert to individual contributors upon publication.

VISION ACCESS welcomes submissions from people with low vision, from professionals such as ophthalmologists, optometrists, and low vision specialists, and from everyone with something substantive to contribute to the ongoing discussion of low vision and all of its ramifications. Electronic submissions are preferred. These can be made on 3.5" disk or by e-mail attachment in a format compatible with Microsoft Word. Submissions may also be made in clear typescript. All submissions sent through regular mail should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. VISION ACCESS cannot assume responsibility for lost manuscripts.

Submissions may be mailed to Joyce Kleiber, 6 Hillside Rd., Wayne, PA 19087, or emailed to jmkleiber [at]

VISION ACCESS is a free publication to all members of the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International.
For subscription information call CCLVI toll free at (800)733-2258.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blinking Causes Brain To Go Off-Line

...New research from Japan suggests that blinking does more than stop our eyes drying out: it is an active process that causes the brain to go off-line, into a more reflective mode, before giving renewed attention....

Monday, January 28, 2013

Just way too cool not to share!

7 Ways to Maintain Patient Interaction in the Age of the EHR

1. Position your Computer between You and the Patient
2. Invest in Mobility
3. Delegate as Much as Possible
4. Dictate as Much as Possible
5. Ignore the Computer when you First Enter the Room
6. Ask about Previous Complaints
7. Finish the Chart in the Room

 Comments: I was recently interviewed for this article. To discover all about patient interactions and using your EHR click on the title above. The folks at SoftwareAdvice were kind enough to interview me. So I'm noting that here. This is not an endorsement of their website or services however. DM

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dyslexia, Reading Problems, Poor Academic Performance

has more exciting news!

LFEC not only provides advanced, computerized testing to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, ADD, and other attentional disorders (See blog post about the TOVA) but also offers the latest technology to determine eye movement dysfunctions associated with reading problems (dyslexia), poor academic performance, poor sports performance and brain injury.

The Visagraph assists the doctors and staff of Lyons Family Eye Care in the determination of problems that may cause issues with reading fluency, reading eye movements and the general accuracy of eye movements required for not only reading and other academic activities but also for daily living skills, sports and all activities where you need accurate eye movement skills.  Poor eye movement abilities are often associate with sports related concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) as well. (Comment: I could never understand how a brain injury could be considered mild. It's your BRAIN!!)

As you wear the goggles shown here (infrared sensors are embedded within), you read a grade/age appropriate paragraph. When you complete that task, you then read numbers along a horizontal line and finally you just look from one "X" to another "X" back and forth.

This tells us about reading fluency and the accuracy of eye movements required for different tasks. It's all computerized and all objective.

Several graphs and reports are then generated that indicated areas of good performance as well as those areas that remediation.

Although no test alone can make a diagnosis, the Visagraph test, along with the other assessment techniques used at Lyons Family Eye Care, can ensure improved diagnostic accuracy and suggests the best possible treatment options.

Lyons Family Eye Care is one of the few offices in the city of Chicago that provides both the Visagraph and Test of Variables Attention (TOVA) for our patients with reading problems and attentional-behavioral issues. 

These tests are usually part of a comprehensive eye and vision care assessment battery that ensures the most accurate diagnosis possible so that if a problem is present the best treatment options are chosen.

Make and appointment today at LFEC by clicking here

Continue to log onto MainosMemos for more information on research supporting the use of both the Visagraph and TOVA. Never hesitate to contact me if you have questions. DM

Parkinson's Treatment Can Trigger Creativity: Patients Treated With Dopamine-Enhancing Drugs Are Developing Artistic Talents

Parkinson's Treatment Can Trigger Creativity: Patients Treated With Dopamine-Enhancing Drugs Are Developing Artistic Talents

....Parkinson's experts across the world have been reporting a remarkable phenomenon -- many patients treated with drugs to increase the activity of dopamine in the brain as a therapy for motor symptoms such as tremors and muscle rigidity are developing new creative talents, including painting, sculpting, writing, and more......

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International also has a variety of clinical and rehabilitation services that may interest you:

Low Vision Clinical Services
Our world-class optometrists, ophthalmologists, and certified low vision therapists provide specialized eye exams.

Youth Services
For young people, ages 6 to 21, to develop the self-assurance and skills they need to become independent adults.

Child Development Center
Boys and girls from two through five-years-old attend our integrated preschool.

The Filomen M D'Agostino Greenberg Music School
Dedicated to helping people pursue their interest in music while overcoming the challenges posed by vision loss.

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About the Lighthouse:
Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization that helps people of all ages who are at risk for, or are experiencing, vision loss. Through services, education, research and advocacy, the Lighthouse helps people with low vision and blindness enjoy safe and independent lives. Support for Lighthouse International comes from individual donors, foundations and corporations. Your support is always needed, appreciated and valued.