by EARL P. SCHMITT, O.D., Ed.D, D.O.S.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/28/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 592
ISBN : 9781425910549
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 592
ISBN : 9781452027920

About the Book

No systematic analysis of optometric clinical data can be undertaken unless the findings are referred to a logical model that allows comparisons to be made of interaction characteristics that exist between the accommodative and convergence  mechanisms inherent to the human vision system.  Concomitantly, many of the concepts applied during any such analytical process are based on hypothetical constructs.  This text re-examines the elements originally proposed by Dr. A.M. Skeffington, and offers a revised insight into how performance changes may occur as individual  visual behavior adapts to the impact of environmental demands.  In-depth research and extensive references attempt to substantiate the Skeffington paradigm of professional vision analysis.  Long-standing challenges to the optometric profession are identified.  As  presented, the contents are appropriate for use as a classroom text,  for reference, and for identifying areas for clinical research.

About the Author

The Author's academic credentials include  AB and MA  degrees from Stanford University; OD and MS degrees from the Pacific University College of Optometry; and an earned Ed.D. from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).  An honorary DOS was received from Southern College of Optometry in 1986.  After graduation from Pacific, five years of private practice was followed by fifteen years as an instructor and administrator at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, and another fifteen years at the Northeastern State Universtiy College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  Teaching responsibilities emphasized patient examination, data collection and analysis, and primary care.  Over the years administrative duties included terms as Clinic Director at both Southern College and Northeastern State University, and four years as Dean of Students at the Memphis institution.  During the decade between 1981 and 1991 the Author was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.  Since formal retirement in 1996 the Author has continued as Professor Emeritus, attending vision therapy and primary care clinics, and serving as Chief of Electrodiagnostic Services at Northeastern.