I am frequently asked, "Does Optometric Vision Therapy Work?" by the families I work with every day. If they mean, does vision therapy improve vision function such as eye movements, focusing, eye teaming and 3D vision ... the answer is a resounding YES! If they mean.... does vision therapy work to improve vision information processing....the answer is YES! If they mean that amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus can be improved...the answer is…Continue
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on May 17, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments
....Adults with amblyopia, a common visual cortex disorder caused primarily by binocular disruption during an early critical period, do not respond to conventional therapy involving occlusion of one eye. But it is now clear that the adult human visual cortex has a significant degree of plasticity, .... One possibility is an inhibitory signal from the contralateral eye that suppresses cortical inputs from the amblyopic eye. .... Here we provide direct evidence that alleviating…Continue
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on April 26, 2013 at 7:57pm — No Comments
Did you know that New Orleans is a perfect example of how optometric vision therapy should be conducted? Go to http://www.mainosmemos.com/2013/01/nawlins-knowledge-and-other-bits-of.html
to find out more!
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on January 3, 2013 at 6:19pm — No Comments
....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 of Wild Chicago. 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…Continue
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on November 23, 2012 at 11:45pm — No Comments
Hi Sovoto followers,
I just had an article published at BBC future that I thought might interest this group. In fact, it tries to answer some questions that I've seen here recently (such as, how is it that I can see 3D movies even though I'm stereoblind?) It's about a man who was exotropic his whole life and then suddenly acquired stereovision while watching Hugo in 3D.
Anyway, I'm posting here because I expect this forum to have the most informed…Continue
Here's the link if you want to check it out.
Added by Shelli Welter on July 5, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A will now be seeing patients at Lyons Family Eye Care on Chicago's north side starting in May 2012
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on April 18, 2012 at 6:23pm — No Comments
Just a quick note to say that here is anew update on the COVD blog.
1) Jillian and her mom are doing a Free educational webinar about Vision Therapy on Thursday, August 25th at 9 p.m. EDT.
Also these is just over a week left to…Continue
This, I hope, will be of great interest to the members of Sovoto - the "Visions of Hope" Video Contest announced today by COVD. The concept is to use the internet contest format to encourage patients to record their own video success stories about vision therapy. Videos will be submitted and by vote one will be selected to be presented during August Children's Vision and Learn Month, as well as at the COVD meeting in October.
You can watch…
Having followed Dr. Chopra's views over the years, perhaps in this article, that was published in the Virtual Mentor of the AMA., there is a message for Optometric Vision Therapy.
Is it possible that the Optometric Vision Therapy has the space and time to incorporate a broader perspective of looking at the whole person in a modern way?
What is your impression? Any comments?…Continue
Added by Roberto Kaplan O.D., M.Ed. FCOVD on June 8, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments
My students and I have created another home optometric vision therapy video. This video shows you how to do the LifeSaver Cards BI to improve divergence/anti-suppression/etc. and is less than 10 minutes in length.
Although this video is copyrighted, I have given it to the public domain for use at no cost for non-commercial purposes only.
Please use this video to help your patients or to teach you students.
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A…
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on May 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
Do you see two moons and stare at broccoli?
Or perhaps you find the little circles on orange peels and the space between orange pulp to be incredibly captivating while your friends and family don't understand why you just won't stop staring and eat.
Are you an adult doing vision therapy in the SF Bay Area and want to meet other adult VT patients on the road to 3D?
I'd like to meet other adults who are doing vision therapy in the San Francisco…Continue
Added by Susanna Z on May 22, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments
This video "Optometric Vision Therapy: LifeSaver Cards Base Out" has been created by my students and I for student and patient use. It may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes only.
If you have any…Continue
Added by Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO on May 16, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Developmental optometrists and vision therapists, please incorporate psychological assistance into your practice for adult strabismics doing VT. The non-visual side effects (nausea, extreme fatigue, motion sickness/vertigo, sensitivity to noise, inability to concentrate, etc, etc) are enough to drive a sane person crazy, not to mention the visual changes of intermittent double vision, moving objects, seeing people with two noses and four eyes, and the changes in depth…Continue
Uh oh! Be careful what you lament, it just might come to you in depth!
Added by Susanna Z on May 12, 2011 at 12:54am — No Comments
Life has been moving slowly for me since I started vision therapy. I sleep a lot more. But now I spend a lot of time staring at trees and not only smelling the proverbial roses, but admiring them in real life from all angles. As I move slowly, other aspects of my personal and professional life move at an equally slow pace. It's as though I inhabit some other planet where time moves slower than on planet earth.
Yesterday, I was on my regular Saturday hike with my Brazilian…Continue
Optometric colleagues ask me why did I embark on holistic approaches to vision therapy? Is alternative and complementary medicine really part of Optometry, or is this barking up the wrong tree?
My response is most times non-political. My ultimate vision is for my patient. Deliver the most helpful and integrated program of vision therapy that gets to the very cause of their visual discomfort. At first, I used techniques, and methods to accomplish this. It…Continue
Added by Roberto Kaplan O.D., M.Ed. FCOVD on March 16, 2011 at 8:09am — No Comments
Ever since my days as an Optometry student in South Africa, I listened to the ‘war like’ dialogue opinions Optometrists and Ophthalmologists have toward each other. As the saying goes, “It takes two to tango.” In my life, when things are not going my way, I have two choices. I can point a finger and blame someone else, or point the finger at myself. What are my limiting perceptions? Where am I holding frustration and anger? Is it correct to be a victim of someone else’s ignorance and…Continue
Recent research reveals that horses are hard-wired to prefer people on the left, that is to use their left visual field.…Continue