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Friday, November 14, 2014

AOA Call for Posters for Optometry's Meeting 2015

AOA Call for Posters for Optometry's Meeting 2015

Deadline: February 6, 2015

The American Optometric Association is pleased to invite your participation in the Clinical and Scientific Poster Session at the 2015 Optometry’s Meeting®

The poster session will have a preview session on Friday, June 26, 2015 (10:00am-6:00pm) and an interactive session on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11:00am-2:00pm, where presenters must be present.

The AOA Poster Session will offer CE credit on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Attendees wishing to spend an uninterrupted one- or two-hours viewing the interactive poster session (11:00am-2:00pm) will be able to receive the appropriate one or two hour CE credit. Please note that CE credit will be offered only during the Saturday interactive session (11:00am-2:00pm) and authors must be present.
Abstracts based on unique clinical cases and all aspects of optometric research are currently being accepted. All case reports and research must be complete and unpublished at the time of submission. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via online submission by February 6, 2015.

New this year! The top 5 posters will be selected to participate in an interactive education session at Optometry's Meeting on Saturday, June 27 from 8am - 10am. Each presenter will be paid an additional honorarium to participate in this rapid-fire session featuring 15-20 minutes of presentation per author. The top 5 posters will also be featured in AOA Focus.

Authors will be notified by e-mail of the acceptance of their poster by mid-March. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:
  1. All abstracts must meet the following requirements:
    1. Primary authors must be a member of the AOA in order to be an Optometry’s Meeting® Poster Presenter.
    2. The complete abstract must be submitted online by February 7, 2014.
    3. A primary author may only submit 3 posters total, any posters exceeding this amount will not be considered.
    4. The abstract must follow the format example explicitly, (see links below) or disqualification will occur.
    5. The abstract submission form must be filled out completely; otherwise the entry will be disqualified.
    6. The abstract must be no more than 350 words (not including title and authors), all abstracts over this word count will be disqualified.
    7. The information conveyed must be of sufficient general interest to the optometric community.
    8. The abstract must be clear, concise, and well-written in anticipation of publication.
    9. The abstract must contain sufficient detail for evaluation.
  2. Scientific abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The abstract must be based on original and previously unpublished research.
    2. The abstract must describe a scientific investigation of the idea or product being studied.
    3. The abstract must demonstrate a clear and soundly tested hypothesis.
    4. The conclusions in the abstract must appear to be justified by the results presented.
    5. The abstract must contain evidence of a significant, new result and the significance must be clear from the abstract.
    6. The abstract must contain more than just preliminary results.
  3. Case report abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The case report must highlight timely or essential information, not just a review of information already in the literature.
    2. The case report must be unique-if two similar case reports are submitted, a choice may be made between the two to maximize diversity in the poster program.
    3. The case report must demonstrate complete follow-through of patient care.
    4. The clinical significance of the case report must be clear from the abstract.
  4. Informational abstracts must meet the following additional requirements:
    1. The topic must be deemed appropriate for presentation at Optometry’s Meeting®. Topics appropriate for informational posters include, but are not limited to, information about AOA programs or sections.
    2. Informational posters may not contain product or service advertisements.


The primary author of posters that are selected for the 2015 Optometry’s Meeting® is entitled to the following benefits:
  1. $100 total travel grant (this excludes informational posters)
  2. Abstract will be included in an AOA digital supplement to be promoted on and in AOA Focus.
  3. New this year! The top 5 posters will be selected to participate in an interactive education session at Optometry's Meeting on Saturday, June 27 from 8am - 10am.  The poster author must be willing to give an oral presentation with powerpoint regarding their poster. Each presenter will be paid an additional $150 honorarium to participate in this rapid-fire session featuring 15-20 minutes of presentation per author. The top 5 posters will also be featured in AOA Focus.

Please note that authors of selected posters will be responsible for hotel & transportation costs, fees for participation in Continuing Education courses, and all other fees associated with attendance at Optometry’s Meeting®. Posters are peer-reviewed and only those that meet the acceptance criteria will be selected for presentation.

Accepted posters will be published in an AOA digital supplement that will be promoted to AOA members and the profession. The supplement will be featured on and also be included in an article in AOA Focus magazine following Optometry's Meeting.

Authors must arrive at Optometry’s Meeting® in time to set up their posters on Friday, June 26, 2015 between 7:00am and 10:00am, and must present their poster at the interactive session on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

The AOA will be using a 48” high X 96” wide Velcro pushpin-receptive display. All text on the poster should be in type no smaller than 18 pt. and must be legible from a distance of about 4-5 feet. Each illustration should contain a caption.

Submission deadline
February 6, 2015
Notification of acceptance
Mid March 2015
2015 Optometry’s Meeting®
June 24- June 28, 2015
Poster Set-up
June 26, 2015 7:00am-10:00am
Poster Session Preview
June 26, 2015 10:00am-6:00pm
Rapid-Fire CE Course Featuring Top 5 Poster Presenters
June 28, 2014 8:00am-10:00am
Interactive Poster Session offering CE Credit
June 28, 2014 11:00am-2:00pm


American Optometric Association
Attn: Stacy Harris
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
(800) 365-2219 ext. 4254
(314) 991-4101

Dominick M. Maino OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A; Poster Abstract Committee, Chair

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shokran: Authentic Moroccan Cuisine

Restaurant Review

I drive by this easy to miss restaurant almost daily. It is located just east of the Blue Line "L" stop/Kennedy Expressway on/off ramp and Irving Park Rd (Chicago). After finding a parking spot on the street [and yes, you do have to drop silver into those thieving parking meter devices that Mayor Daily ("The Little") and Mayor Rahm Emanuel ("Little Dancer" AKA Click Here for Nicknames) have given us as a legacy of their mismanagement of the city's resources].  However, in this instance, paying this tribute is worth the price as you will note later in this review.

When we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted fairly quickly by a smiling young man who said "hello" in a pleasant voice and then asked if we made a reservation. When we told him no that we hadn't, after asking us to waiting for a moment, he went to the back to check if he could accommodate us this evening. About 5 minutes later, he returned to tell us he did have seating available if we didn't mind sitting towards the front of the restaurant. We said no problem and were immediately seated by the front window. When I checked their website, they did not say anything about making a reservation as a good idea, however after this experience I would recommend you do so.

The menu has an extensively selection of  entree awesomeness with the highest priced item being $18 for their mixed grill (which I chose). Appetizers are $5-$8, while sides run about $5 with desserts being $6.

We started with marinated black olives on pita and a bowl of  Harira soup (tomato soup with lentils, chickpeas, rice parsley cilantro and various spices). The soup was a very pleasing color with lots of evident "goodies" swimming within. The spices were not overwhelming and added just the zing necessary to make it dance upon the tongue. (of course if you are one of those individuals with a genetic predisposition towards not liking cilantro, you might want to order a different appetizer). The marinated black olives on pita (there was also a spicy hot sauce served separately which had some heat but was not overpowering) was very flavorful and a most welcome beginning to this meal.

When the entrees arrived, my wife and I were ready. She ordered the Lamb Marrakesh (lamb in a stew of peas and artichoke with various  Moroccan seasonings) while I had the Mixed Grill (chicken and lamb kebabs; kefa (a beef meatball/burger) and merguez (a sausage of ground beef, lamb). This was also served with rice pilaf and grilled veggies.

 Lamb Marrakech
The Lamb Marrakech practically fell off of the bone with the stew being a very strong supporting medium. There was a perfect balance between the natural flavor of the lamb and the wonderful spices and vegetables in the mix. No one flavor or taste dominated, but all got along with and supported each other nicely.

The Mixed Grill allowed me to try many of the items offered on this diverse menu all at the same time. The lamb keba was done perfectly with a sightly red center. The chicken kebab soaked up the spices nicely so it was also most enjoyable with the chicken adding a nice balance to the meal. I didn't quite know what to expect of the Kefa (a ground beef, lamb burger).

Mixed Grill
What I experienced was a juicy  patty that also supported the other items on this diverse plate. Finally, although not my favorite item on the plate, the ground beef/lamb sausage (Merguez), which is made in-house, was an appropriate addition to this menu selection.

During the meal, we drank Moroccan Mint Green Tea, that was served very hot in a silver teapot poured into a small glass with a twig of mint as well as orange blossoms and honey. I usually do not like sweetness in my tea, but this was SO good that as soon as
Green Mint Tea
we finished off the first teapot, I ordered another to go with dessert.

There were several choices for dessert, but Sylvia and I decided to share the Poached Pear in Hazelnut Cake. Within just a few minutes absolutely nothing was left of the dessert but a fine memory of a satisfying ending to the meal

Poached Pear Hazelnut Cake
Things you MUST know

This is a BYOB restaurant.

They DO NOT accept credit cards (an ATM is available to withdraw cash).

Although not stated on their website, I would recommend that you make a reservation.

The outside appearance gives you the impression it is much smaller than it actually is. They have additional seating areas in the back. This is perfect for small groups and parties who wish to celebrate a special occasion.

Maino's "M" Ratings

Ambiance: 4/5 M's (The decor is exactly what you would expect of a Moroccan restaurant. The seating is comfortable and not too closely spaced. Although you could easily hear your neighbors conversations, the room never became so loud that you couldn't carry on a conversation of your own.  We were greeted quickly when we came in and thanked as we left.)

Service: 4/5 M's (Service was appropriately attentive. You never felt rushed. I would strongly suggest that you be ready to truly enjoy your meal and those companions with you. They offer a slower pace of dining that is often in conflict with our McDonalds Fast Food World Mentality. Take a moment to savor and enjoy. I put enough money into the meter for 90 minutes of dining, the experience took closer to 2 hours. This was a good thing (and I did not get a parking ticket!!)

Food: 5/5 M's  (As you could easily tell from my descriptions above, I liked all that we consumed. Next time, I will order the Chicken Bastilla appetizer (it looked and smelled incredible), the Sweet Lamb Couscous, another dessert (they had one that was chocolate that sounded wonderful) and of course, lots of Moroccan Mint Green Tea.)  Since the number of incredibly good restaurants in my neighborhood (Portage Park/Six Corners) is growing exponentially, it's relatively easy to miss visiting various gustatory establishments just a mile or so away. Do not miss out on this one!

Overall Rating: 4+/5 M's  (Make a reservation, go eat, enjoy!)

Shokran Authentic Moroccan Cuisine Restaurant
4027 W. Irving Park Rd
Chicago, Il 60641

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Optometry: Perfect balance of high pay and low stress?

Optometry: Perfect balance of high pay and low stress?

",,,,, Two Business Insider articles, one from 2013 and another from 2014, both placed optometry on a list of high-paying, low-stress jobs—and it seems the placement might be right. Both Business Insider articles consulted Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., a career information expert. He used a stress tolerance scale (from zero to 100) wherein a lower rating means less stress. The scale, which was created from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network (O*Net), measures how frequently workers have to accept criticism and deal with high stress levels, according to American Optometric Association....."

Sunday, October 5, 2014

You Are Invited: "With A Little Help from Our Friends"

If you live in the Chicago-land area and know how valuable the arts are to any community......This is an event you want to attend!

You are invited to "A Little Help From Our Friends" -- a Beatles Tribute Concert for a good cause! 

On the evening of the last performance of The Monster in the Hall, we are inviting our special friends like you to Come Together for a fun evening that will benefit the Filament Theatre and all the wonderful things they are doing for the arts and the community. 

Tickets are just $20 and can be purchased at

Musician friends, including Ralph Covert, Paul Coady, Kathy Greenholdt and more will perform Beatles tunes. 

Beer, wine, soda and heavy apps will be served.

 Please go online to purchase tickets in advance so we know who's coming! The more the merrier. 

Questions? Please call Jackie at (630) 774 3682 or email Don't Let it Be -- please RSVP!

Photos from past performances and various activities:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vision problems caused by concussion often overlooked

Vision problems caused by concussion often overlooked

"....Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, pediatric sports medicine specialist and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said a high prevalence of certain vision problems, including binocular vision disorders, accommodative disorders, such as convergence insufficiency, and eye movement/saccadic disorders, have been observed after concussion in the adult population, both civilian and military. The symptoms are most often associated with prolonged visual near work, including eye strain headache, and blurred/double vision. Therefore, school-age children, especially adolescents, may be particularly vulnerable to the consequences of such deficits after concussion because of their schoolwork, much of which is done on a computer.

Christina L. Master
“Schoolwork is highly visual, especially with the increase in electronic interfaces these days, smart boards, tablets, computers, and if you have visual deficits, they’re going to give you visual symptoms,” Master told Infectious Diseases in Children. “And these symptoms can be a cause of prolonged headache seen with concussions.”...."
Comments: So let me see if I understand this. Medicine says that if concussion causes vision induced headaches and convergence insufficiency that these will affect academic performance....and yet, various medical organizations repeatedly deny that vision problems affect academic outcomes and that these vision anomalies and academic performance are otherwise not related. Really? Does any one else see a significant mis-connect here? Can medicine have it both ways? DM

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CALM Act finally went into effect today banning loud TV commercials

CALM Act finally went into effect today banning loud TV commercials

Detailed on the loud commercials and CALM act page within the FCC’s Encyclopedia, today marks the first day that the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act went into effect after being passed during mid-December of 2011. This new federal law forces television stations, cable operators and satellite TV providers to make sure television commercials are broadcast at the same volume level as the regular programming during that time slot. If these companies are utilizing the ATSC A/85 RP set of methods to control audio volume, television watchers shouldn’t have to fumble for the remote’s mute button to silence an overly loud commercial...."

Comment: Has anyone noted quieter commercials? Nope. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Could Your Child's Struggle With Reading and Learning Be Due to an Undiagnosed Vision Problem?

Could Your Child's Struggle With Reading and Learning Be Due to an Undiagnosed Vision Problem? 

"....As part of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development's annual international observance that August is Children's Vision and Learning Month, a Public Service Announcement was issued which helps answer parents' questions about why their children continue to struggle with reading and learning.
"Whether it is the mystery of the bright child who struggles with reading or the child who takes forever to do homework, the story is often the same," shares Ida Chung, OD, FCOVD, President of COVD, "these children continue to struggle until the underlying vision problem is identified and treated....."

Read more:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vision Therapy and Students

Vision Therapy and Students

"...In this edition of Angela Answers presented by American Senior Communities, FOX59’s Angela Ganote talks to optometrist Dr. Erin Buck and patient Emily Morrow about vision therapy and how it can help students...."

Watch the video by clicking the title above.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Whiskey (Wales, UK): Tasting Notes

Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Whisky (Wales, UK):Tasting Notes

The Penderyn distillery is located in the old village of Penderyn within the foothills of the
Brecon Beacons. It's been called the best little distillery in Wales and is supposed to make very smooth wysgi. This is my first single malt from Wales....and it held several surprises.

The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 46%. No age statement provided.


Color: A very bright gold. It fools you somewhat because after resting in Madeira casks for a bit, you would think the color would be much, much darker. When you swirl the whisky in your glass, it leaves noticeable legs, that cling for but a short time.

Nose: It is milder than the 46% ABV would imply. The aromas include: sweet mild oaky, lots of fruit with hints of cinnamon. 

First taste: BAM! You immediately get hit with some heat. Heat you never expected. There is a fruitiness there that tells your taste buds to enjoy.

Finish: Fairly long lasting. Firm but so smooth, tapering to a mild dryness. The warmth continues as does the sensations of the first tasting.

Buy a bottle? Yes!  Is it Worth a try at your favorite pub in Wales, yes!MainosMusings Rating? 4/5M's!!    MMMMs

Whiskey 101: Did You Know?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Autism experts say current testing failing to detect condition in females, call for changes to testing

Autism experts say current testing failing to detect condition in females, call for changes to testing

"....Autism experts are calling for changes in diagnostic testing, saying the current approach is failing to identify the true number of females with the disorder.

They say a massive imbalance in the number of autism diagnoses between the sexes could be attributed to more subtle symptoms in females that are either dismissed by clinicians, or undetected by current testing, which focuses on signs associated with male behaviour...."
Comment: .....or could it be that autism, like so many other developmental disabilities, has an affinity for males because of the genetics involved?  DM

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ACOE authorizes Virginia optometry school to move toward accreditation

ACOE authorizes Virginia optometry school to move toward accreditation

".......The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education has designated Emory & Henry College as a "stage one applicant," according to a press release from the college.

he distinction signals the first step in the process toward accreditation.
As detailed in the release, Emory & Henry College and the Appalachian College of Optometry began working together in developing an optometry school earlier this year. The school would be the first school of optometry in Virginia.............."
Comment: This is a decision that I would suggest to ACOE and the state of Virginia to reconsider. The AOA/ASCO study clearly shows we do NOT need a new optometry school.  DM

Saturday, September 13, 2014

North Carolina considers adding optometry school

North Carolina considers adding optometry school

"................To retain more optometrists in state, North Carolina needs to evaluate the feasibility of establishing an optometry school, according to the state’s Legislative Research Commission's Committee on Health Care Provider Practice Sustainability and Training/Additional Transparency in Health Care.

The report, issued to the 2014 Regular Session of the 2013 General Assembly, found that the state's ratio of optometrists is less than the national average.
"Data from the Cecil G. Sheps Center shows that North Carolina's ratio of optometrists per 10,000 population is below the national average and has consistently been below that national average since 1979," the report said. "There are 12 counties in North Carolina without a single optometrist.".....
Comment: In a word, NO! The American Optometric Association and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry commission an assessment of optometric manpower needs in the United States (this also included ophthalmology manpower). In the report released this past summer, it was noted that there will be more than enough optometrist at least until 2025. I believe that it is not that we do not have enough optometrists, but rather that we do not have an even distribution of optometrists. I would suggest to those in North Carolina who believe they need more ODs to determine how to attract these incredibly talented optometrists to your state. It would be less costly, better for the profession of optometry and would serve the needs of the citizens of North Carolina at the very highest level.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Filament Theatre Presents: Crossing Six Corners School Days!

Once again the Filament Theatre Ensemble has done an awesome job in capturing the spirit of my neighborhood of Six Corners/Portage Park in Chicago. Here's a few photos and videos of there steller performance!

Come see Monsters in the Hall performed by this incredibly talented group of men and women!!

Don't forget to come to see/hear New Orlean’s musician Monica McIntyre on the Filament stage 9/14/2014She is an Artist, Cellist, Singer, Lyricist, Community Activist and Healer; these are a few titles which could be used to describe Monica McIntyre. As a musician Monica weaves a beautiful tapestry of colors and sounds so vivid and unique that one genre simply cannot cover it all. She seamlessly blends: Blues, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds with the unique cello techniques of: slapping, plucking and strumming, into an unforgettable musical landscape.

Videos of Crossing Six Corners School Days!!

St Bartholomew School Memoirs