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Robert Thornton Goetzinger, MD
(770) 994-9913
131 Upper Riverdale Rd SW
Riverdale, GA
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Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Southern Reg Med Ctr, Riverdale, Ga; Henry Med Ctr, Stockbridge, Ga
Group Practice: Goetzinger Eye Institute

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Kevin Stewart Freeman, MD
(770) 991-1624
33 Upper Riverdale Rd SW Ste 114
Riverdale, GA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1987

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Lawrence Woodard Jr, MD
1800 Phoenix Blvd
Atlanta, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1994

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Jettie M Burnett, MD
6170 Old National Hwy
Atlanta, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Female
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Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1975

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Harvey Bruce Du Biner, MD
(770) 435-2285
1000 Corporate Center Dr
Morrow, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: Southern Reg Med Ctr, Riverdale, Ga
Group Practice: Clayton Eye Ctr

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Glenn Stephen Shear, MD
(770) 991-1624
33 Upper Riverdale Rd SW Ste 114
Riverdale, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1975
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Hospital: Southern Reg Med Ctr, Riverdale, Ga
Group Practice: South County Eye Clinic

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Ricardo B Akstein, MD
(770) 996-4844
86 Upper Riverdale Rd SE Ste 100
Riverdale, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Do Est Da Guanabara, Fac De Cien Med, Rio De Janeiro, Rj
Graduation Year: 1974

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Joon Young Kim, MD
(770) 968-8888
1000 Corporate Center Dr Ste 100
Morrow, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1980

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Ralph Carl Di Iorio, MD
1800 Phoenix Blvd
Atlanta, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1973

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Angela Gail Ayer, MD
(727) 398-6661
Atlanta, GA
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Ophthalmology
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Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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