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Dr. Leonard Press Interviewed by the BCC

Dr. Press was interviewed for an article by the BBC on the implications of stereoscopic 3D technology. The article involves a vision scientist whose visual world turned around when he went to see Hugo, a 3D movie by Martin Scorcese, and had an awakening of sorts. Dr. Press discusses the implications of this for Optometry, and for optomertric vision therapy. Read this article in its entirety.

Members Honored at College of Optometrists in Vision Development 41st Annual Meeting

Dr Press receives the Gettman Award

Aurora, OH --- Ten special individuals received awards for their contributions to the fields of developmental and behavioral optometry at the Awards Luncheon held at 41stAnnual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), October 27, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Receiving recognition were Drs. Edwin Howell, Leonard Press, Celia Hinrichs, Paul Freeman, and Patrick Quaid; Certified Optometric Vision Therapist, Samantha Caldwell; exhibitors, Mr. Harry and Mrs. Elaine Wayne of Wayne Engineering; and Mrs. Robin Benoit and her daughter, Jillian.

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The Role of Optometry in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diverse, be­ haviorally identifiable neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs in 1 in 150 children. The absence of eye contact, unresponsiveness to facial gestures, and/or difficulty in sharing joint visual attention are signs of abnormal or atypical visual development. Optomet­ ric utilization of various targets used for diagnostic testing in infants and toddlers may be among the earliest probes of preferred visual looking patterns conducted with this population. This potentially places Optometry in the vanguard of identifying infants and young children at risk for developing ASD characteristics.

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Visual Factors in Childhood Behavioral Disorders

Children of the 21st century develop in an increasingly complex society due, in part, to the tremendous influx of information competing for their attention. this necessitates filters and barriers so that they are not overwhelmed by stimuli, yet openness and receptivity to the types of exposures associated with normal childhood development.

On the surface, behavioral disorders have little to do with eyes and even less to do with optometry. however, the fact that vision occurs in the brain and not in the eyes, and that vision co-mingles extensively with social and emotional pathways in the brain, compels us to look more closely at the role of optometry in disorders such as attention deficit (a-d/hd), oppositional defiance (odd), bi-polar disorder, and depression.

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Vision disorders can be misdiagnosed as ADHD

Vision disorders can be misdiagnosed as ADHD because there are signs and symptoms that overlap. A paper by Damari, Liu, and Smith addressed the importance of a thorough evaluation of the visual system before a child is placed on medication as the only alternative given.

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Dr. Leonard Press Teams With Bill Nye The Science Guy

Dr Press with Bill Nye

On August 2, 2007, Dr. Leonard Press representing the American Optometric Association and VSP, teamed with Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to do a live satellite media tour from Studio City, California.

Well-known for his Emmy Award-winning television programs on science, Mr. Nye joined with Dr. Press to field questions about Computer Vision Syndrome and its impact on children in the 21st century.

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Going to school without having a comprehensive eye exam

Mr. Nye expressed concern that so many children still go to school without having a comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist, leaving many to struggle with undetected vision problems. Dr. Press explained that while screenings by a nurse in the pediatrician's office or at school serve a public health purpose in detecting some conditions, they are not intended to probe visual abilities used for reading, writing, or extended computer use.

Dr. Press is the American Optometric Association's vision and learning specialist, and optometric director of The Vision and Learning Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. For more information on childhood computer vision syndrome, and how vision influences learning, visit mychildsvision.com, covd.org, and Vision Related Learning Related Vision Problems

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