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Screening Assessments to Identify Vision Impairments in the Older Adult

presented by Mary Warren, PhD., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

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Occupational therapy practitioners frequently encounter older adults with vision impairment while providing rehabilitation for another condition. How does the OT determine whether the client's vision may also be influencing occupational performance and the best way to address the vision issue during intervention? This course will provide the generalist occupational therapist with skills to recognize and screen for vision impairment in older adult clients.

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Mary Warren, PhD., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Mary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA. Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation Program and Co-Director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Warren lectures extensively on vision rehabilitation for adults with age-related eye disease…

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1. Screening for Deficits in Acuity

This chapter will describe key clinical observations and standardized assessments the OT can use to screen for deficiencies in visual acuity which may be diminished in all clients, including those without age-related eye disease or conditions. The course describes how to administer the assessments and interpret the results. This information will enable the OT practitioner to select the most appropriate assessment to screen these deficits in older adult clients.

2. Screening for Deficits in Low Contrast Acuity

This chapter will describe key clinical observations and standardized assessments the OT can use to screen for deficiencies in low contrast acuity. Low contrast acuity may be diminished in all older clients as part of the aging process and may be present in clients without age-related disease. The lecture describes how to administer the assessments and interpret the results. This information will enable the OT practitioner to select the most appropriate assessment to screen these deficits in older adult clients.

3. Screening for Deficits in Visual Field in Older Adults

This chapter will describe key clinical observations and standardized assessments the OT can use to screen for deficiencies in visual field. Visual field deficits are commonly seen in clients with age-related eye disease and brain injury from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurological diseases. The lecture describes how to administer the assessments and interpret the results. This information will enable the OT practitioner to select the most appropriate assessment to screen for these conditions in their older adult clients.

4. Screening for Deficits in Eye Movement Assessments

This chapter will describe key clinical observations and standardized assessments the OT can use to screen for deficiencies in eye movements. Oculomotor deficiencies may occur with stroke and traumatic brain injury, and are commonly observed in neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. The lecture describes how to administer the assessments and interpret the results. This information will enable the OT practitioner to select the most appropriate assessment to screen for these conditions in their older adult clients.

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