Low Vision


Wednesday, October 11


LV-01: Low Vision Management of Inherited Ocular Disorders: Emerging Concepts in the Post-Genome Era
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This one hour course will discuss cutting edge treatments for inherited ocular disorders in a case based approach. The lecture will include a discussion of the NIH EyeGene project’s results and future steps. It will also explore stem cell treatment trials. Finally, the course will discuss the next generation of low vision technology including the development of retinal implants and head-mounted display systems. The discussion will be augmented by case presentations of patients who have undergone the above treatments. Speakers include Nicole Ross, OD, MS, FAAO, Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53679-LV

LV-02: Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation of Pediatric Visual and Developmental Disorders
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course will define the role of each professional involved in treating pediatric patients with neuro-developmental disorders or visual impairment. Optometry's role on the rehabilitation team will be emphasized to illustrate the importance of comprehensive rehabilitation for these patients. Videos will be used to illustrate how each professional interacts with mutual patients. Speakers include Catherine Heyman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD. COPE ID: 53642-FV

LV-03: SPECtacular Low Vision Case Reports
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This course includes a series of case reports that feature video of patients who have had treatments that involved spectacles or a spectacle mounted assistive device. Regular and specialty glasses, including telescopes, occlusive foils, prisms and selective absorption filters play a role in the design of the devices. Evidence based justifications and reasons why some strategies are effective will be discussed. Speakers include David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53750-LV


Thursday, October 12


LV-04: Low Vision Technology Update 2017: Mobile Magnification, Print-to-Speech, and More
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This course reviews the latest options for low vision patients associated with mobile devices and more. A multimedia presentation is utilized to better demonstrate video magnification and print-to-speech accessibility built into tablets and smart phones, low vision apps, head-borne devices and other technology. Speakers include Michael Fischer, OD, FAAO, William O'Connell, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53632-LV

LV-05: Reasons Why Vision Rehabilitation Strategies Sometimes Don't Work
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
We will discuss reasons why a vision rehabilitation strategy for improving function may result in disappointment, and how we might avoid these setbacks. Reasons include patient expectations, changing vision, insufficient reserve, refractive error, contrast sensitivity, scotomas, lighting, light sensitivity, cognitive deficits, and lack of understanding. Speakers include David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53637-LV

LV-06: Evaluation and Treatment of the Child with Vision Impairment
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course covers the evaluation of visual function among verbal and non-verbal children with vision impairment. Rehabilitation strategies specific to their diagnoses will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the optometrists role in maximizing the child's ability to access information in school. Speakers include Dawn DeCarlo, OD, MS, FAAO. COPE ID: 45438-LV


Friday, October 13


LV-08: Low Vision Coding and Billing: A Fresh Look at ICD-10 and CPT 4
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Providers continue to find it difficult and challenging to bill and code low vision services. Low vision services are time intensive and require a thorough knowledge of appropriate and accurate coding. The transition to ICD-10 has added to the overall challenge of billing for these services. New guidelines and rules regarding CPT-4 coding further complicates the process. This course will review the ICD/CPT codes for low vision and overall the lessons learned from ICD-10 and CPT-4 over the past few years. In order to survive audits, guidelines for the proper documentation of medical records will be discussed. Speakers include Richard Soden, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53648-PM

LV-09: Testing and Treating Reading Vision in Visually Impaired Patients
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course reviews alternative methods of evaluating a patient’s reading abilities for print of different sizes. After identifying the size of the print the patient wants to read, the clinician determines the Equivalent Viewing Distance (EVD) required to achieve that goal. Because magnification ratings are not trustworthy and often very misleading, the clinician should understand the EVD produced by the different kinds of near vision optical and electronic magnifiers. Based on the individual patient’s needs and wishes, the clinician determines the most suitable magnifier for providing the requisite Equivalent Viewing Distance. Speakers include Ian Bailey, OD, FCOptom, FAAO. COPE ID: 53646-LV

LV-10: Rapid Fire: Vision and Driving: From Research to Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course will begin with a review of the ways in which the relationships among vision and driving performance and safety may be assessed. Important research findings regarding how visual factors (for example visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and visual field testing results) are related to driving performance and collision risk will be reviewed. Then, cases that illustrate the ways the evidence base may be used by clinicians to make decisions regarding drivers (and where evidence gaps exist) will be presented. Finally, a review of recent research advances in vision and driving and future challenges will be presented. Speakers include Bradley Dougherty, OD, PhD, FAAO, Roanne Flom, OD, Gregory Hopkins, OD, PhD, FAAO, San-San Cooley, OD, MS. COPE ID: 53656-LV

LV-11: Vision Rehabilitation with Wearable Display Technology
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Relative distance and angular magnification with spectacle mounted and hand held optical intervention for low vision limits the span of content inversely proportionate to the magnification. Wearable display eyewear with a large field of view optimizes the magnification with the span of content. Currently available and next generation "wearables" for low vision are presented and compared along with methods of fitting and managing them in an effort to improve the quality of life of low vision patients. Speakers include Jerome Legerton, OD, MBA, FAAO. COPE ID: 53657-LV

LV-13: Diplopia and Confusion in Visual Field Rehabilitation
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Misalignment of the eyes results in double vision. Two components: diplopia and confusion appear to be coexisting. Usually only diplopia is reported. This can be explained as a result of the statistics of natural images. Binocular confusion is the main tool for prismatic expansion of visual fields. With visual field loss alone, and with use of prism segments for field expansion, the two phenomena may exist in isolation, diplopia without confusion, and confusion without diplopia. The roles both play in vision rehabilitation will be explained for common and rare conditions. This should lead to better rehabilitation and care. Speakers include Eli Peli, OD, MSc, FAAO. COPE ID: 49530-LV


Saturday, October 14


LV-15: Noteworthy Cases of Common Conditions in Low Vision Rehabilitation
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This hour will present three cases of common ocular diagnoses: AMD, glaucoma, and albinism. Intended for low vision practitioners, this presentation reviews a functional approach to the patient’s unique visual needs at a low vision rehabilitation clinic. Speakers include Swati Modi, OD, FAAO, Ana Perez, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53660-LV

LV-07: Look Ma, No Hands! Fitting Spectacle-Mounted Telescopes
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course is designed for practitioners who want to become more comfortable and confident in fitting spectacle-mounted telescopes for distance activities. We will discuss the optical principals and the steps involved in fitting bioptics and full diameter designs properly. Speakers include Kara Hanson, OD, FAAO. COPE ID: 53644-LV