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William Hope Jarrett, MD
(478) 743-4666
626 1st St
Macon, GA
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Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1958
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Hospital: Piedmont Hosp, Atlanta, Ga
Group Practice: Eye Consultants Of Atlanta

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S Fleetwood Maddox, MD
(478) 743-7061
1429 Oglethorpe St
Macon, GA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1957

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James Stephen Ellis, MD
(478) 743-4666
PO Box 956 626 First Street
Macon, GA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1987

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Joe Lewis Mc Lendon, MD
(478) 743-4666
626 1st St
Macon, GA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1965
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Hospital: Coliseum Med Ctr, MacOn, Ga
Group Practice: Eye Physcians Prof Assoc

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Joseph G Jones, MD
(478) 741-1740
856 1st St
Macon, GA
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Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1978
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Hospital: Medical Center Of Central Geor, MacOn, Ga; Coliseum Med Ctr, MacOn, Ga

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John Carlin Ervin, MD
1429 Oglethorpe St
Macon, GA
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1999

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Malcolm Sidney Moore Jr, MD
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Macon, GA
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1985

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Millard Gary Carter, MD
(478) 745-2867
1867 Forsyth St
Macon, GA
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1968
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Hospital: Houston Med Ctr, Warner Robins, Ga
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Spencer F Maddox III, MD
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Macon, GA
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Medical School: Mercer Univ Sch Of Med, MacOn Ga 31207
Graduation Year: 1988

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John Anthony Page, MD
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Macon, GA
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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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