Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 1977 · Page 6
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Thursday, March 17, 1977
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1 Page 6 CSR Economist Newspapers, Wednesday, March 16,1977 Sears HOT MOP ROOFING for long-lasting protection Call Sears for a free inspection and estimate at NO OBLIGATION · If your roof is leaking--stop it fast! Let Sears Authorized Installers put on a new flat roof composed of 'four (alternating) layers of 43-lbs. saturated felt, asphalt. Sears has a credit plan to suit most every need -awrence Ave. 561-4800 Harlem-North 889-2600 Homan Ave. 265-2500 State Street 875-4732 Western Ave. 962-2264 795-6000 79th Street 962-2064 Dr. Davis developer t of occluder lens 'Telecare' aimed at homebound By TONY BARANEK Nine times out of 10, it's the embarrassment, not the fact that their sight is impaired, that causes the biggest trauma when a child suffers from amblyopia, a condition commonly known as "lazy eye." Amblyopia strikes one out of every 100 children, according to national .statistics and is corrected only by wearing a patch over the good eye, thus forcing the child to make use of his underdeveloped eye. At least that's the way the condition used to be treated -- until'South Side doctor Harold E. Davis decided to find a better and less conspicuous treatment Four years of study on the part of Davis resulted in a newly-developed occluder (contact) lens, that not only eliminates the use of the unsightly patch, but also provides partial vision in order to keep the 'user's good eye strong. Davis stressed the importance of correcting amblyo- pia at an early age, citing permannent eye damage as a consequence of neglect. "A lot of children don't like to wear eye patches in public," explained Davis. "If they put them on at all, they'll sometimes look around tie side of the patch anyway. "There's a certain stigma that's attached with wearing an eye patch," he continued, "and I hope that creating the occluder lens will eliminate it." The lens, according to Davis, can be fitted next to the eye, directly over the pupil, blocking off vision almost totally. Unlike with the eye patch, however, vision is allowed one in every four seconds, as the occluder drops down due to gravity just prior to the normal blinking of the eye. This permits the child to see with both eyes occasionally without distraction and helps prevent amblyopia from developing in the good eye. Also, the optometrist claims that his system' works successfully within a six-month period, while the eye patch often has to be worn for at least three years. Davis', whose office is at 4838 S. Ashland, has been in the profession for over 25 years and is considered an expert in the contact lens department. . He authored a. chapter of the book "International Contact Lens Clinic", re; leased in November and has lectured in many parts of the world. He is also the Libraries offer photo contest Are you a junior high school or high school photo baif living or attending school OB the Southwest Sde? If so, MXJ mar enter the Chicago Public library's h-12t grade photo contest whose theme is "Chicago TT." Csatest categories are Esssi as "People, Places, Thnss aM OSSer." Photos may be any sire, color or Hack and white, and must be mounted OB a board with two-mehe margins. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. A completed application must be attached to each photo entered. (Photos without applications will be discarded.) Applications are available from Scottsdale library, 4109 W. 79th st.| Chicago Lawn library, 6120-24 S. Kedzie ave.; West Lawn library, 4007 W. 63rd St.; Sherman Park library, 5440 S. Racine; Garfied Ridge library, 6322 W. Archer ave., and Mt. 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But don't wait too long to make up your mind. This offer ends April 9. Stop in at your First Federal branch and see how easy it is to take home something beautiful. First Federal of Chicago minds Lwyesa Swing* and Loan. Mam Office: Dearborn at Madison. 346-3500. Here are the ones nearest you: 47th at Wood, 927-3895. 6222 S. Kedzie Ave, {Republic Federal Division), 737-9600. . 4010 W. 26th Street (Western Federal Division), 521-7755. 1616 W. Pershing Road, 847-1191. Also at 14 other convenient locations. .ridndHOTicU»8^ president elect of the American Optometric foundation. The original plans to develop the new occluder lens . stemmed from an accident in which a friend suffered extensive damage to his pupil. "He is a commericial pilot," explained Davis, "and in order for him to be able to fly again, I had to make: an artificial pupil. He was ' subsequently able * to resume flying, but had to " wear the lens. "Then the thought occurred to me that maybe the same theory could be applied to children," he said, "so I started working on the occluder lens." Since perfecting the lens within the last year, Davis says that the cure rate for his patients with amblyopia is now 75 per cent, 'as op-. posed to the 50 per cent rate in years past. "The response, to the oc- cluder lens is much better than it was foe the eye patch method," said the doctor. "Of course, most of the lens wearers are very young -- under five years of age." That's almost the cut-off ' point for curing amblyopia, according to Davis, who says that the longer one waits ; tp get treatment for the condition, the worse his chances are for recovery. ·"Whatever has to be done must be taken care of early," he explained. "Otherwise, the eye gets worse as the person gets older. Before long, no amount of treatment will help." Davis hopes to expand Ms facilities at a new office, scheduled to be built in suburban Oak Lawn. In it, he expects to have more equipment and an increase in space to allow him to work more effectively in eye care. And he also hopes to continue his work with the oc- cluder lens, which he believes will go a long way in preventing long-range damage to the eyesight of children. For an elderly, or homebound person, a simple,, five-minute phone call could mean the difference between life and death. Persons who need or want someone to check on their well-being, or who have friends or relatives who · could use the service should contact the Red Cross. "Telecare" is designed to help persons.who live alone and have ho one living close enough to check on them often. , The program pairs a volunteer on a one-to-one basis with a senior citizen, invalid or shut-in person. The volunteer and client agree on a certain time each day for the phone call. Most of the time, the call involves a brief chat, but if the person doesn't answer the phone within a reasonable period of time.the volun- teer caller contacts the Red Cross office, and emergency procedures are initiated. Further information or registration for a daily phone check may be had by calling the Red Cross at 440-2046. Pvt;Sullivan in Germany Army Pvt. Gerald Sullivan, sop of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sullivan, 9729 S. Hoyne ave., has been as r signed in Germany. Pvt. Sullivan, a multi- channel .communications equipment operator entered the Army in March 1976. " He is a 1959 graduate of St. Rita High school. the family inn ' St. Pat^s "DIME STEIN" DAY ANY BEVERAGE 10« A GLASS o" Itlrsday, koffarofl Sforwin- WHIitm Aiuwal cut. Teams. Ufcctua. Mwfe. fJodts. VSmfc Take!-fasted, amp/Joe. SpoxrsdeOal panemL Ptc-jxelwah S2J5io iJ^f^^f V^^^W w^^Wv v^V flv^^V^Vt suif ace. Packaged CHICAGO 8519 S. PULASKI 581-5547 'SFAFERf

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