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My Children Are Nearsighted Too: How Corneal Reshaping Helped My Kids See Better Without Glasses... And How It May Help Yours, Too Paperback – December 5, 2008


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About the Author

Dr. Despotidis and his wife Teresa are the parents of two sons, Nicholas and Gregory. It was his children's need for eyeglasses at very young ages that sparked his passion for corneal reshaping and drove him to become a pioneer in its use among children and young adults. "Dr. D" (as his patients fondly refer to him) has been practicing optometry for over 20 years and strives to bring a heightened level of compassion to every individual in his care. Dr. Despotidis graduated with honors from The State College of Optometry in New York and later completed a residency in Vision Therapy/Pediatric Vision. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and is a Board Certified Fellow in Vision Therapy with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He has published papers in optometric journals and is a frequent lecturer. He is co-founder of EyeCare Professionals, P .C., in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Dr. Despotidis is a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate and co-founder of Martial Arts With Hearts (MAWH) a philanthropic organization started with his instructors Bryan Klein and Michael Crocco. MAWH has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children afflicted with autism, birth defects, cystic fibrosis and cancer.
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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440488142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440488146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,873,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very informative and easy to read.
Bruce
As a soon-to-be pediatric optometric practitioner, I recommend this book to parents and will continue to do so when I am in practice.
VTDoc2009
Dr. Despotidis has written an easy to read book with a wealth of information about nearsightedness and vision in general.
Jennifer M. Mullen

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M. Mullen on January 8, 2009
This book was very informative. As a parent, it made the causes and treatment of nearsightedness very understandable. It also explained simple steps parents can take to help maintain their children's healthy vision.

Dr. Despotidis has written an easy to read book with a wealth of information about nearsightedness and vision in general. Any parent concerned about his/her child's increasing need for glasses will find this book very helpful and informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stan Appelbaum on March 23, 2009
Dr. Despotidis has really done the public a huge favor. He has taken a subject that few people understand, that effects most of us and our children, and has given insight, understanding, and hope to the millions of people who find themselves "victims" of stronger and stronger glasses.
The book is an easy read, and highlights the current successful, safe, FDA approved, non-surgical treatments of myopia or nearsightedness. The many case examples are inspiring. I highly recommend this book if you are concerned about your or your child's vision and reject the same old recommendations that traditional eye doctors have been offering for the last 30-40 years or more. After you read this book you will definately want to pass it along to a relative, friend, or colleague. Thank you Dr. Despotidis for sharing your expert knowledge and experience. I will recommend this book to my patients.
Dr. Stan Appelbaum, Developmental Optometrist, Bethesda, Maryland
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As a nearsighted optometrist who has a young daughter, I was extremely interested in "My Children Are Nearsighted, Too." I, like Dr. D., have performed eye-exams on young children and have watched their myopia increase over time. Like him, I have read the scientific studies and tried to determine the best method to limit the progression of their nearsightedness over time. This is not always easy.

Most parents do not have the time or desire to research the theories and mechanisms of myopia development. Fortunately, Dr.D. and his collaborators have collected this information and placed it all in one easy-to-read book. Topics covered include why some people are more prone to develop nearsightedness than others, helpful guidelines on ways to limit eye strain, and the options that exist to try to reduce or eliminate progression of myopia.

Special attention is placed on orthokeratology (also called corneal reshaping or Ortho-K). The main goal of this treatment is to eliminate the need for daytime glasses or contacts. That is exciting by itself. But the newest research shows that a side effect of Ortho-K, is the slowing or stopping of myopia progression. The is truly revolutionary.

I think the strength of "My Children are Nearsighted, Too" is the balance between its easy-to-read style and technically accurate and up to date information. Interspersed are comments and stories from patients that add a personal dimension.

One thing the book is NOT is a self-help book of the "See without glasses" category. While some of those may be helpful for specific people, they are not appropriate for the general population, especially without consultation with your eye doctor.

I really like this book and recommend it.
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This book is very well-written, concise and offers a tremendous amount of insight about corneal reshaping lens treatment (CRT) for myopia. In addition, a good amount of research has shown that CRT helps stop or slow the progression of myopia in children. That was a driving force for me to help my son. My son wears ortho-k lenses at night and has near perfect vision every day. The ortho-k has required many adjustments and fittings, but it has been well worth it as he enjoys being rid of his glasses throughout the daytime. This book is like a support group for parents and has many successful CRT cases depicted. Dr. Despotidis truly understands how to comfort parents and how to go about initiating CRT with a qualified/certified optometrist. I have spoken to him personally and he is very kind, knowledgeable and helpful. Please read this book, it is excellent!
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Books have been written about the treatment of nearsightness for almost 100 years. This is the first book of this genre which clearly states the current state of the scientific knowledge, makes clear that there is still much that is unknown, and summarizes all of the currently available preventative treatments and their degrees of success. Nearsightedness is increasing at an alarming rate. It has a profound impact on quality of life which becomes very evident when it is one of your children who is effected. It also increases the incidence of eye disease later in life. If nearsightedness was life-threatening, this news would be on the front page of every newspaper in the country.
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This book is excellent review of a common vision problem (nearsightedness)and is fun to read as well. Dr. Despoditis writes with warmth and wit about this vision problem not just as a doctor, but as a father who is also an eye doctor, struggling with the fact that his son's are developing progressive myopia (nearsightedness). He writes about one of the latest methods to elliminate glasses without surgery through a gentle and effective method called corneal refractive therapy (CRT). Great book with new technology that is informative and yet full of heartwarming patient stories. I highly recommend it!

Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D, FCOVD
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