Low Vision Section Newsletter - Spring 2019

Published May 3, 2019

Dear Low Vision Section Member,
The Academy has released the Preliminary Education Grid for Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry and there are nearly 20 hours of low vision education on the books including our Section’s symposium on Head-Mounted Electronic Devices.Looking forward to seeing everyone there.Following is some information of interest for Section members:
Low Vision Diplomate Program
The Low Vision Diplomate program is proud to announce that there were four new Diplomates at Academy 2018 San Antonio!Congratulations toDr. Peter Derksen, Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Dr. Gay Tokumaru (posthumously), and Dr. Matthew Valdes!
The Diplomate program currently has 15 active candidates and has room for more.If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to any current Diplomate or the Diplomate Chair for more information.All members are encouraged to consider this program.A Diplomate Prep Course will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Orlando.This program is a great way to learn more about the Diplomate program and earn CE from your fellow Low Vision experts.
A reminder for Clinical Diplomates that 2020 is a renewal year.You can obtain renewal points by reviewing cases and proctoring Diplomate exams. Please reach out to the Diplomate Chair, Dr. Karen Squier.

Low Vision Job Opportunities
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry in Southern California is looking for a Chief of Vision Rehabilitation to oversee this service in both their Pomona and Los Angeles clinic locations.Candidates must have an OD degree and be licensed to practice in California with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the delivery of vision rehabilitation services and 3 years’ experience in optometric education (preferred). If interested, please forward any questions and CVs to Lori Suddarth.

MyMobility Plan
The CDC has released a new tool called “MyMobility Plan” to encourage older adults to take action now to help them remain safe, mobile, and independent as they age.MyMobility Plan provides resources and tips for older adults to help manage their health (including a yearly eye exam) to maintain mobility, make their homes safer to prevent falls, and consider alternative transportation as they age so they can stay safe, mobile, and independent longer.This tool can be a resource for your older patients.

 If you have any suggestions for future newsletters or agenda items for our Low Vision Section meeting, please let me know.
Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO
Low Vision Section Chair