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Clark Robert Cobble, MD
(434) 793-5500
515 Rison St
Danville, VA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Danville Reg Medctr, Danville, Va
Group Practice: Danville Eye Center

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David Mapp Sloan, MD
(434) 799-3232
800 Memorial Dr
Danville, VA
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1981

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Orlando Mario Alvarez, MD
(434) 799-3232
800 Memorial Dr
Danville, VA
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1987

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Joseph OBoyle MD
Piedmont Regional Eye Ctr
(434) 799-5600
125 Executive Dr # E
Danville, VA
 
W Berry Maultsby OD
(434) 791-3937
413 Mount Cross Rd # 203
Danville, VA
 
Joseph Eugene Oboyle, MD
(434) 799-5600
125 Executive Dr Ste E
Danville, VA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1987
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Hospital: Danville Reg Medctr, Danville, Va
Group Practice: Piedmont Regional Eye Ctr Inc

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Terry David Odom, MD
(434) 799-3232
800 Memorial Dr Ste A
Danville, VA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1979

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Phillip Nathan Hale, MD
(801) 399-1149
218 Forestroad Dr
Danville, VA
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1963

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Terry Odom MD
Greensboro Eye Ctr
(434) 799-3232
719 Green Valley Rd # 105
Greensboro, NC
 
Mark Cotter OD
(336) 342-3336
1537 Freeway Dr
Reidsville, NC
 
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Study Finds Best Treatment for Common Childhood Eye Problem

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A new study finds that a combination of in-office therapy and at-home treatment is the best solution to "convergence insufficiency," a common eye problem in children.

A combination of in-office therapy and at-home treatment is the best solution for a common childhood eye problem, optometrists at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) have found.

The team, led by Stacey Coulter, O.D., worked with researchers across the country to determine which treatment works best for a condition known as convergence insufficiency.

Convergence insufficiency, which is common among children, is a condition in which patients cannot accurately point their eyes together, so they see double or have eye strain. Other symptoms of convergence insufficiency include loss of place, loss of concentration, reading slowly, headaches, and blurry vision. It affects some patients' ability to learn.

"This study has sparked a lot of interest because people are concerned about conditions that can impact learning," Coulter says.

Traditionally, the majority of eye care professionals treated children diagnosed with convergence insufficiency using some form of home-based therapy. This study concludes that office-based treatment by a trained therapist along with at-home reinforcement is more effective.

The research, reported in the Oct.13 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, was funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The 12-week Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) study found that approximately 75 percent of those who received in-office therapy by a trained therapist plus at-home treatment reported fewer and less severe symptoms related to reading and other near work.

The CITT, which included 221 children age 9 to 17, is the first to compare three forms of vision therapy and a placebo therapy option. The first therapy was the current treatment standard known as home-based pencil push-up therapy, an exercise in which patients visually followed a small letter on a pencil as they moved the pencil closer to the bridge of their nose. The goal was to keep the letter clear and single, and to stop if it appeared double. The second group used home-based pencil push-ups with additional computer vision therapy. The third attended weekly hour-long sessions of office-based vision therapy with a trained therapist and performed at-home reinforcement exercises. The last group was given placebo vision activities designed to simulate office-based therapy.

After 12 weeks of treatment, nearly 75 percent of children who were given the office-based vision therapy along with at-home reinforcement achieved normal vision or had significantly fewer symptoms of convergence insufficiency. Only 43 percent of patients who completed home-based therapy alone showed similar results, as did 33 percent of patients who used home-based penc...

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