College of Optometrists in Vision Development announces online release of its journal, Optometry & Vision Development (OVD), Volume 43 #3
Aurora, OH, Aug. 21, 2012– The latest issue of the journal of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometry & Vision Development (OVD) Volume 43, Number 3, pays tribute to the honored memory of a giant in the area of learning related vision problems, Dr. Harold Solan. Dr. Solan recently passed away but left a legacy that clearly demonstrated how vision and learning are connected with his many articles, text books and as a teacher. Dr. Dominick Maino’s editorial quotes many of those who benefited from Dr. Solan’s work. He was a true gentle man.
Also in this issue, Jaclyn A. Benzoni OD, MS and Mark Rosenfield MCOptom, PhD note in their article, Clinical Amplitude of Accommodation in Children between 5 and 10 Years of Age, the importance of measuring the focusing ability of children. They found that both the pediatric and adult data is similar to the classic findings of past researchers. However, a relatively high percentage of children appeared to have accommodative insufficiency which suggests that this standard may need to be reexamined in this particular age group.
South African optometrist, SO Wajuihian, discusses various anatomical findings in patients with dyslexia in his article, Neurobiology of Developmental Dyslexia Part 1: A Review of Evidence from Autopsy and Structural Nneuro-Imaging Studies. This is part 1 of a series of articles dealing with dyslexia some of which have been published in the journal, South African Optometrist, but shared in OVD. The author notes that: “Developmental dyslexia (DD) is a language based neurological disorder which impairs reading ability but does not result from low intelligence, lack of motivation, sensory impairment, or inadequate instruction. Although the neurological basis of dyslexia has long been assumed, the exact nature of the altered brain structure associated with DD remains unknown and has been a subject of autopsy and neuro-imaging research. Autopsy studies provide consistent evidence of symmetry of the planum temporale (PT), thalamus and cortical malformations; whereas results from structural imaging studies such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are inconsistent. To address the possible etiology of DD, this paper reviews evidence from autopsy and structural imaging studies on developmental dyslexia and discusses possible methodological sources of some inconsistent results. The role of the optometrist in the multidisciplinary management of dyslexia is highlighted.” Although language based dyslexia is quite rare, children with learning related vision problems is common. These vision problems can affect reading and other academic skills.
OVD editor, Dr. Dominick Maino’s article, Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment: Notes from the American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment, nicely reviews many aspects of pediatric cerebral/cortical visual impairment (PCVI) and highlights his involvement in this new conference. This conference was sponsored by the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omah, NE and will continue to be sponsored by this organization for several years into the future. The keynote speakers included: Mark Borchert, M.D.; Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Neurolog, University of Southern California, The Vision Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angele, Los Angeles, CA; 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, PA; Jacy VerMaas-Lee, M.A., OTR/L; Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha, NE and Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A; Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Il. The program was developed and moderated by neuro-ophthalmologist, Richard H. Legge, M.D.; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Although the audience was mostly optometrists, ophthalmologists, other MDs, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language therapists and teachers of the visually impaired; several parents of children with PCVI were also in attendance. The next meeting will again be held at the Children’s Hospital in April 2013.
OVD 43 #3 also includes an update on our Tour de Optometry program, literature reviews, a book review (did you know that optometrists can solve crimes as well?), practice management tips, and the latest news about members of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Go to http://www.covd.org/Home/OVDJournal/OVD433/tabid/353/Default.aspx to read all the scientific articles and other features.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation, and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy, and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists, and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, optometric vision therapy, and COVD please visit www.covd.org or call 888.268.3770.