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Kianoush Kian, MD
(480) 632-2020
3303 E Baseline Rd Ste 104
Gilbert, AZ
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Ophthalmology
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Persian (Farsi), Spanish
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1990

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R Stuart Eason, MD
Gilbert, AZ
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1986

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Lawrence Stephen Kahn, MD
(480) 507-0600
2450 E Guadalupe Rd
Gilbert, AZ
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1981

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Daryl Robert Pfister, MD
(480) 833-9100
1055 S Stapley Dr
Mesa, AZ
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1990

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Wendy Wootton, MD
(480) 641-3937
220 S 63rd St
Mesa, AZ
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.Lawrence Kahn
(480) 507-0600
Ste 107, 2450 East Guadalupe Road
Gilbert, AZ
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
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Lee Sa Jackson, MD
(480) 615-2020
1501 N Gilbert Rd Ste 200
Gilbert, AZ
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1992

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Lucia L Tredici, MD
(602) 332-8233
641 N Pheasant Dr
Higley, AZ
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1982

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Joao Diniz Ribeiro, MD
604 W Warner Rd Ste B6
Chandler, AZ
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Univ Fed De Goias Brazil
Graduation Year: 1978

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Michael J Depenbusch, MD
(480) 963-3881
604 W Warner Rd Ste B6
Chandler, AZ
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1993
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Hospital: Dominican Santa Cruz Hosp, Santa Cruz, Ca
Group Practice: New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

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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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