A P UBLICATION
A SIAN A MERICAN O PTOMETRIC S OCIETY
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I N M EMORY Born on May 7, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Shishino peacefully passed away in his sleep on August 11, 2008 in Culver City, California. Dr. Shishino served the community for almost 50 years as an optometrist, opening his first office in Culver City in 1953. Dr. Shishino was founder and first president of the Japanese-American Optometric Association and elected to the board of the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) for over 26 years, serving in every chair of the executive committee including chairman. Dr. Shishino also supported and mentored aspiring optometrists, hiring dozens of young professionals and helping them establish their own practices. In 1994, friends and associates of Dr. Shishino established, in his name, an endowed student award at the SCCO in honor of his service to the optometric profession.
AAOS S EPTEMBER 30, 2008
D R . T AKAO S HISHINO
Dr. Shishino earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 and a Master of Optometry degree in 1951 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. He earned the title of Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1985. In 1998, for his distinguished service, Dr. Shishino received the degree of Doctor of Ocular Science from the SCCO. Not only was he known as a respected doctor, but he was also an active community volunteer. He served twice as president of the Venice-Culver chapter of the Japanese American Citizens' League, raised funds for the construction of the Venice Japanese Community Center, was a docent for the Japanese American National Museum, was among the founding members of the Mar Vista Optimist Club and volunteered as a board member of various health related organiza-
tions. Dr. Shishino and his partners developed the Culver City Medical Arts Building and the Culver West Convalescent Hospital, two additional resources for the Culver City community. Dr. Shishino spent his childhood in Los Angeles and, briefly, in Minneapolis and was interned at the Gila River Relocation Camp. His younger sister Masako and his oldest brother John predeceased him. His is survived by his wife of 47 years, Helen Shishino, his four daughters and two grandchildren. His brother Hayao and his wife Misuko ("Mitzie") and their three children and seven grandchildren also survive him. A memorial service was held on August 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Venice Japanese Community Center located at 12448 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles, 90066.
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P RESIDENT ’ S M ESSAGE : D AN T ANG , O.D. I would like to start off by thanking all the members who attended our annual CE meeting at the Brea Embassy Suites in August and making it once again a very successful event for our society. I would also like to thank Dr. John Lee and Dr. Stephen Bae for putting it together, without their help and dedication to AAOS the meeting would not have been such a big success. Lastly, I would like to thank Alcon, Inspire and TLC for their support at the August CE.
As the year comes to an end, the board members of AAOS are working very hard to put together the 2009 board of AAOS. I encourage all members to get involved and participate if you can. It does not matter if you are a new member or a member who has been with AAOS for a while. If you know of someone or if you yourself would like to be part of the AAOS board, please let us know. Nominations are being accepted for the upcoming year. If you would like more information about a position, please do not hesitate to contact the current board member to get more information.
In conclusion the AAOS board is quickly working to put together a Dr. Shishino scholarship, one of the founding fathers of AAOS, which recently passed away in his honor. Also, are putting the final touches on the AAOS Foundation, which helps AAOS members during difficult times. More information on the Foundation can be read within this newsletter. If you would like to make a donation to either fund, please contact Aaron Sako or Kenny Fukuda. Please enjoy our newsletter and hope to see everyone soon. Dan Tang
S OCIAL C HAIR : S TACEY G IN , O.D. Greetings AAOS,
“Saturday, January 10th! AAOS is planning the Installation Banquet…”
Thank you to those who attended our annual Senior Awards and Student/Doctor Mixer at Wildfish Seafood Grill in Newport on May 18th. We had over 40 doctors and students attend this fun event! It was an evening of delicious food, great company and great raffle prizes! Congratulations to our scholarship recipients: Dr. Tawny Kaeo-
chinda recipient of the Art Sugino Scholarship and Dr. Christina Tanouye, recipient of the William Yamamoto Scholarship. Each recipient received $1000 and a beautiful plaque. We would also like to recognize our past 4th year liaisons, Drs. Kristal Kawamoto, Tawny Kaeochinda, Christina Tanouye, for their time, efforts and dedication to our society.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 10th! AAOS is planning the Installation Banquet at a new and exciting venue. You don’t want to miss out on this historic evening. Watch for your invitation in the mail. You can also find information about past and upcoming events on our website: www.asianamericanoptometr icsociety.org. See you all soon! Stacey Gin
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T REASURER : A ARON S AKO , O.D. Hello to all the members of the AAOS. Hope you all had a great summer. It sure did get hot didn’t it? I’m looking forward to cooler weather this fall. Thanks to all the members who showed at our last CE event. We had a great turnout.
As for a quick update on the AAOS book. Our total balance in our account is $17,186.23. Of this money $8,664 is in our various scholarship funds. The Rodger Kame Fund was endowed last year in the amount of $25,000.
Please call if you have any questions regarding the finances of the group. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at our next AAOS CE event. -Aaron Sako, O.D.
E DUCATION : J OHN L EE , O.D. On the education front, we’ve had a very successful year of CE. Our CE meeting in April brought in 60 people while our August meeting brought in almost 80. We
are actively preparing for next year’s CE program. We are planning to keep the same weekends for next year’s meeting, namely the first weekend in April and the
third weekend in August. If you have any suggestions on speakers, topics, or anything else, please let any of us on the AAOS board know. Thanks! John
M EMBERSHIP : K ENNY F UKUDA , O.D. Where does the time go??? I can’t believe we are already in October!!! Hope you all enjoyed your summer. My daughter, Maddy (5), has been busy learning how to swim and dance/sing like the cast of High School Musical!!! She has just started kindergar-
ten and is playing soccer for the first time. She enjoys both immensely! Nearing the end of the year, it’s time to get those applications in for 2009 membership! Please find the application enclosed or download one on the website,
www.AsianAmericanOptome tricSociety.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at KfukudaOD@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you at the various events we have planned for next year!
A DMINISTRATIVE A SST : C HRISTINA L EUNG , Hello AAOS members! I hope everyone is doing well. The holidays are right around the corner which means another year is coming to an end soon. This is my first year serving on the AAOS board
and I have enjoyed getting to know the board members better. Nominations for new board members are approaching quickly. As the Administrative Assistant, I attend all the board meetings and record detailed minutes.
I am excited as we plan for next year. Hope to see all of you at the next big event! -Christina Leung, Administrative Assistant
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N EW G RADUATES C HAIR : K RYSTAL K AWAMOTO , O.D. Hello everyone! It has been a wonderful experience fulfilling the position as the first “New Graduate Membership Chair” for AAOS. This position was created in hopes of continuing involvement with AAOS as new graduates transition from student life to becoming a doctor. All too often, our student members were lost as soon as they re-
ceived their diplomas and entered the working world. My job as New Graduate Membership Chair is to keep interest in AAOS alive, encourage my former classmates to continue their memberships, and inform my fellow colleagues of our events and the many benefits that AAOS has to offer. This position has not only allowed me to be an
active leader in our profession, but has also allowed me to keep in touch with friends and former classmates. I encourage anyone interested in getting involved and having fun to apply!
Asian American Optometric Society Foundation The Asian American Optometric Society (AAOS) Foundation was established on January 1, 2009 to help AAOS members in need of financial assistance. This program provides money for AAOS members and their families facing financial hardship as a result of Medical/Health issues (i.e. Cancer, Stroke, Surgery, Long term disability, Death, etc) and natural disasters (i.e. earthquake, fire, flooding, etc) resulting in a loss of income due to the inability to work. Approval of funding will be based upon the number of applicants, amount of money available, time frame of financial hardship, and the amount of funding requested. The Foundation may also help locate “fill in” doctors to help cover the member’s practice, if the owner is unable to work.
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A SK D R . W ONG ! Strabismus Surgery or Not A 2½ year old girl presents for a 4th opinion for Strabismus Surgery. The pregnancy, birth and developmental milestones were all normal. There is no family history of any strabismus or amblyopia. The parents report that the eye turn is more noticeable when she is tired or sick. Both eyes turn out, however, the left eye seems to turn out more. This was first notice approximately 8 months ago. This was the first visit to the ophthalmologist and a report was written. It was noted that she had a 40-50 pd exophoria and she has “good control”. In addition, her vision was 20/25 for both the right and left eyes with Allen Picture Cards. The parents then brought her to see a pediatric ophthalmologist who recommended strabismus surgery. The parent wants to avoid surgery and went to see a Developmental Optometrist who was very noncommittal. What is your opinion? Should they have surgery or not? (cont. pg 8)
Dr. Lyndon Wong is the chief of primary care services at SUNY college of optometry. Being on the west coast, most of you may not know of him, but he is best known for his bubbly personality and unfathomable patience with 3rd year students. Nonetheless, his expertise and knowledge leave him second to none. He has decided to share some of his experience with us and is open to any questions you may have regarding this case or any other situations.
The Infant Vision Exam I know, you are all wondering, how do I examine an infant. Well, it doesn’t require much. What do you really need to know? The first thing is the refractive error, afterall, this will give you an idea of what the visual acuity should be. Secondly, is there a strabismus present and lastly is there any obvious ocular pathology. All of these can be done in your office. You don’t need any special equipment or training. Everyone was trained to do this throughout your career. Refractive error, there is something called Retinoscopy. I am sure you have all done this and by now should be pretty accurate with this technique. How do I perform retinoscopy on an infant? Well, Mohindra Retinoscopy, of course. Remember this is done at 50 cm in complete darkness and the patient fixates the light on the retinoscope. It would help if you had a lens rack but loose lenses will work just as well. Don’t forget to take out your working distance +1.25. How do I do a cover test? Hirshberg test, you shine a transilluminator at the patient and look at the corneal reflexes (purkinje images) to make sure they are symmetrical. In a dark room, the infant will fixate the light and allow you to do an alternating cover test. Remember, if the parents tell you there is a strabismus present then there probably isn’t one. However, if the grandparents tell you an eye turns then you better find one. Pathology, do I dilate? Case history is very important to determine if there is any family history of pathology. In most cases, the pediatrician and obstetrician will know if there are any high risks pathology and will be treated right away. There is that rare occasion you may need to rule out any pathology. So, you dilate and try your best. If you have any concerns then you can always refer to a pediatric ophthalmologist. Remember, one of the key things to look for is leucocoria.
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Photos from Summer CE 2008
Have you ever noticed that Greg always has the same smile?
Câ€™mon girls, you can look up and take a picture while getting your food.
Kicking it old school
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He must practice that smile
Chinese, Japanese, Korean , Vietnamese. I guess we all can get along.
Is that the flash reflection in a mirror, or does Long need to blot his forehead?
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Ask dr. wong (cont. from pg 5) My Patient Back to my patient. The first thing I do on any patient/parent who comes in complaining of a lazy eye, turned eye, . . ., would be Stereo Testing. I want to see if the patient has any binocularity. On younger kids, I play a matching game. I asked them if they see any of the shapes hiding in the box. Then I do a Worth 4 Dot. Again, to give me an idea if there is any binocularity present. Next we check Visual Acuity. Ideally, Tumbling E would be the method of choice. Picture Chart is adequate, unfortunately, there are a lot of cues that the patient can pick up on. Cover testing is important at distance and near. You need to measure or guestimate the magnitude of the eye turn. Wheter it is alternating or unilateral. Then we do Retinoscopy and attempt to refract the patient. In most cases, I just Trial Frame what I want to RX and recheck VA Binocularly if the acuity was equal in both eyes. Then I check the ocular health as best as I can. In this case, the patient was seen by 2 MDs. Conclusion Using my knowledge, I know that most exotropes are intermittent and alternating. In addition, I know success rate for surgery is best prior to 2 years of age and vision therapy pre and post operative surgery is the best. During my entire time spent with the patient I did not see the eye turn once. Stereo testing was very questionable. The patient wasnâ€™t able to appreciate any shapes. Retinoscopy and visual acuity revealed a very low and equal refractive error. So far, everything looks great. I can safely recommend to the parent that I would defer surgery at this time. What I did do was offer some Home VT. For example, pointer in the straw, pencil push up, eating grapes or other small items with a toothpick and even bitemporal occlusion. Then I advised the parent to return in 3 months to monitor the strabismus.
CLASSIFIEDS 1. Advertise to fellow optometrists in your area what speciality services you offer that they may not. 2. Place an ad for an associate position, potential partnership opportunity, or even selling your practice. 3. New graduates looking to get started or experienced docs looking for fill in positions, let your availability be known.
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AAOS Members: We want to share some exciting news from our partners at Alcon Laboratories, Inc As our patients continue to struggle with the symptoms associated with dry eye, we need to look for better ways to address the problem. Ten to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from dry eye, and will likely experience increased dry eye with age. As contributing factors such as LASIK procedures, contact lens wear, and aging population all continue to increase, it is important for us to be aware of the best available products to treat our patients’ symptoms. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. has recently unveiled the new Systane® Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops which is now available to your patients at retailers. SYSTANE® Ultra Lubricant Eye Drops is the high performance dry eye therapy with a unique mechanism of action designed to lubricate and protect. HP-Guar, Borate and Sorbitol interact to provide an intelligent system to deliver the active demulcents, polyethylene glycol and propylene glycol, to the eye. At the pH of 7.9, Sorbitol helps control viscosity and creates a loosely cross-linked matrix in bottle, resulting in minimal blur upon instillation.
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