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David Lewis Friedrich, MD
(423) 870-8000
5022 Old Godsey Ln Ste 7
Hixson, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Monterrey, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1978

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Joseph Hare Sugg Jr, MD
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1999

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Steven Michael Thomas, MD
(423) 265-1651
632 Morrison Springs Rd Ste 301
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Erlanger Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn; Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: University Eye Care

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Thomas Michael Reynolds, MD
(423) 870-4900
I Northgate Park Ste 302
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1984
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Hospital: Erlanger Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: Chattanooga Vision Ctr

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John Waterbury Wood, MD
(503) 585-2022
979 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1963
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Hospital: Salem Hospital, Salem, Or
Group Practice: Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons

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Bruce E Dahrling II, MD
(423) 870-8000
5022 Old Godsey Ln Ste 7
Hixson, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1965

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Young Hwan Choi, MD
818-891-7711 x7128
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 2001

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Stewart Lawwill Jr, MD
(615) 267-1261
1045 Carter Dr
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1950

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Wayne Lincoln Scott, MD
(518) 462-6441
960 3rd Street East South
Chattanooga, TN
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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: 1996

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Harry Martin Lawrence, MD
(423) 265-1651
1042 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1956
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Hospital: Erlanger Med Ctr, Chattanooga, Tn; Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, Tn
Group Practice: Seal Lawrence Mabry & Thomas

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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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