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New Book Featuring a Chapter with Dr. Schulman!

Covers a comprehensive array of topics on vision therapy, all in one place.

Written and edited by over 50 experts – including Dr. Schulman – with extensive experience incorporating vision therapy concepts successfully into their practices.

Dr. Schulman’s chapter is on the topic, “Multisensory Assessment in Optometric Evaluation and Treatment.”

Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy 2.0

New Research by Dr Schulman!

Surveying the Scene: Results of the OEPF Online COVID-Related Conditions Survey
Eric Hussey, OD • Spokane, Washington Randy Schulman, MS, OD • Trumbull, Connecticut

Introduction

“Survey says?” So said the host of the television game show “Family Feud” when he needed surveyed answers for a show question to contestants. In the medical world, surveys have their limitations and certainly can be subject to manipulation. However, expert opinion is also considered valid in evaluating signs and symptoms. Expert opinions may be useful as long as we acknowledge that experts can flock together just as any crowd does. Respecting the words of Gustave Le Bon is appropriate: decisions made by a crowd, including people “of distinction, but specialists in different walks of life, are not sensibly superior to the decisions that would be adopted by a gathering of imbeciles.”

Randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard for clinical medical research. However, even RCTs have their limitations. Expense and timeliness are two limitations.3 When looking at eye and vision issues associated with COVID-19, timeliness is a paramount consideration in any investigation. Expense is a fact of life, limiting what gets done and who does the inquiry; that is, those researchers who can find funding do the research. Objectivity is the goal. For a survey, the study relies on the respondents to provide their own individual objectivity. Just the choice of questions for the survey involves subjectivity and confirmation bias that needs acknowledgment. Perhaps by broadly casting a survey across country borders, the effect—or the bias—of the crowd might be limited. A survey asking for personal experiences from a variety of doctors across the globe might provide insight into what is seen in private clinic offices for symptoms of both the COVID virus and COVID vaccinations during this pandemic time.

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Nutrition and Lifestyle Considerations During the COVID-19Pandemic
Randy Schulman, MS, OD • Trumbull, Connecticut

Abstract

The ongoing pandemic challenges our sense of control and equanimity. Despite the current environment and unknowns associated with COVID-19, there are many things that can be done to boost the immune system and help protect against the virus. Good nutrition, supplementation, and healthy lifestyle habits can support the immune system, reduce inflammation, and prevent infection. Proper nutrients reduce susceptibility to infection and disease progression and reduce long-term complications from COVID-19. Several of the vitamins and nutrients that support immune function include vitamins A, C, E, D, B6, B12, folate, zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and copper, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to proper nutrition, other suggestions for optimizing health, supporting overall immune function, and resisting infection include regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation.

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Dr. Jason Grygier’s research was published in COVD’s latest magazine

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development released their latest edition of their magazine including some really interesting articles & the latest in vision therapy research. But, the best article is our very own FCF tester article led by our former resident Aaron Nichols and with assistance from former resident and current doctor, Jason Grygier! We’re so proud of our team who continue to discover & develop vision therapy research.

Check out the article here: https://pubs.covd.org/issue7-4/index.html#

EyeCare Associates Welcomes Additional Physicians

EyeCare Associates, PC is pleased to introduce new associates joining the practice, which has locations in Southport, Trumbull, Norwalk and Stamford. The EyeCare team, led by Dr. Randy Schulman, includes recent additions Dr. Justin Rapp and Dr. Tepliz.


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Dr. Justin Rapp is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then obtained his doctoral degree in 2011 from SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Rapp's clinical experience exposed him to a diverse array of areas ranging from Ocular...
Magy Tepliz O.D.
Dr. Tepliz graduated from Boston University with a degree in Health Science. During the first few years of her undergraduate career, she spent many hours volunteering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in order to explore the many avenues of medicine. While volunteering, she learned of Unite for Sight, a nonprofit...

In addition to other senior doctor and former SUNY optometry faculty, Dr. Steven Shaby, EyeCare Associates includes former SUNY optometry residents Dr. Sonia Singh and Dr. Jason Grygier.

Dr. Diana Ngo also joined the team this summer as its newest year-long SUNY resident doctor.


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Dr. Diana Ngo is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology and Spanish. She then obtained her doctoral degree in 2021 from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in California. Her...

All of the resident doctors have specialized training in vision rehabilitation and vision therapy.

At our four eye care clinics, the doctors treat everything from adult and children’s eye exams and hard-to-fit contact lenses, to eye emergencies, treatment of eye diseases and co-management of eye surgery such as LASIK.

Announcement – Tribute to Dr. Carl Gruning

I was fortunate enough to have had Dr. Carl Gruning as my eye doctor, doing vision therapy with him in my early teens. He hired me a couple of years later to assist in the office and he was my inspiration for going to optometry school, specifically where he taught, SUNY Optometry. Through the years he was a mentor for COVD Fellowship and for certification for my therapists. Back in 2013 I bought into his practice and since then have had the privilege of hearing countless stories through the years about how he touched so many people’s lives and helped them to success.

I know that he has also been inspirational for many others, having served optometry in his capacity as faculty at SUNY for nearly 40 years, a member of the CAO and as president and committee member in COVD.

Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD

Vivid Vision as Part of the Vision Therapy

We are excited to offer Vivid Vision as part of our visual rehabilitation services. Vivid Vision is an advanced vision therapy software that uses virtual reality to help patients with binocular vision disorders such as amblyopia, strabismus, and convergence insufficiency. Vivid Vision’s powerful technology is used to overcome suppression while improving visual acuity, fusion rages, peripheral awareness, and depth perception.

Learn more about Vivid Vision