Vision Therapy Course - Optometrists
The Academy of Ophthalmic Education and Salus University have partnered to bring Optometrists a one-of-a-kind 100-Hour Comprehensive Foundational Course in Vision Therapy. Our course is ideal for those who are interested in incorporating or enhancing binocular vision diagnosis and treatment in their practice. Vision therapy techniques and management plans will be emphasized during each weekend through both lectures and practical hands-on workshops. Our course will take place over 5 weekends in the spring and summer of 2020.
WEEKEND 1: FRI-SAT-SUN, MARCH 20-21-22, 2020 | 20 HOURS
Examining and Diagnosing Pediatric Patients and Adults with Non-Strabismus and Binocular Accomodative Vision Disorders
This weekend covers the foundational elements necessary to confidently examine pediatric patients as well as children and adults experiencing asthenopia and/or non-strabismus binocular vision/accommodative disorders. The course includes a review of vision development, refractive error, when and what to prescribe in children, how to examine an infant, pre-schooler and school aged child and the diagnosis of non-strabismic binocular vision/accommodative disorders. A review of case studies will enable the participant to be proficient in the diagnosis of non-strabismic binocular vision/accommodative disorders by the conclusion of the course. During a hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to streamline the binocular workup and practice each diagnostic technique. Hand-held equipment is required.
WEEKEND 2: FRI-SAT-SUN, MAY 1-2-3, 2020 | 20 HOURS
Management of Non-Strabismic Binocular and Accomodative Vision Disorders
This weekend covers the foundational knowledge required to manage non-strabismic binocular vision/accommodative conditions. Treatment options including lenses, prisms and vision therapy will be covered. A review of case studies will enable the participant to be proficient in developing a treatment plan for non-strabismic binocular/accommodative disorders by the conclusion of the course. A hands-on workshop will afford participants the opportunity to practice common vision therapy techniques.
WEEKEND 3: FRI-SAT-SUN, MAY 8-9-10, 2020 | 20 HOURS
Diagnosis and Management of Strabismus and Amblyopia
This weekend covers the foundational knowledge required to diagnose and manage strabismus and amblyopia. The course will include a review of the different types of strabismus and amblyopia and diagnostic techniques including a review of diagnostic testing for eccentric fixation, comitancy and correspondence. Treatment options including lenses, prism and vision therapy will be covered. A review of case studies will be used to ensure that participants are comfortable with both diagnosis and developing a treatment plan for patients with strabismus and amblyopia. A hands-on workshop will allow participants to practice both diagnostic procedures and common vision therapy techniques.
WEEKEND 4: FRI-SAT-SUN, JUNE 5-6-7, 2020 | 20 HOURS
Visual Information Processing (VIP), Vision and Learning
This weekend covers the foundational elements necessary to evaluate the visual perceptual system of young children and the contribution of visual information processing deficits to the early foundations of reading. The course will cover the neurological and psychological aspects of visual perception, inter-sensory and sensorimotor systems, performance indicators such as laterality and directionality and visual spatial awareness characteristics. The course will also cover optometric perceptual testing to incorporate into one’s examination of these children. Special clinical conditions such as Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia and learning disabilities will also be covered. A hands-on workshop will allow participants the opportunity to practice visual perceptual testing as well as implement vision therapy techniques that pertain to the remediation of these deficits.
WEEKEND 5: FRI-SAT, JUNE 12-13, 2020 | 20 HOURS
Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussion-Related Vision Disorders and Course Summary
This weekend presents an overview of concussion, its pathophysiology and prevalence. The current consensus about the medical management of concussion will be presented, providing attendees with information they can share with their patients. Using the latest published evidence, the prevalence of vision problems will be reviewed along with an efficient vision evaluation for identification of concussion-related vision disorders. Finally, an organized approach for the treatment of concussion-related vision disorders will be presented including the use of lenses, prism, filters and vision therapy.