Vision Loss and Older Adults

presented by Orli Weisser-Pike

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In this course, Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, discusses normal vision and normal age-related changes in vision. The course reviews age-related eye disorders and teaches participants to recognize the impact of vision loss on function. Participants will learn to determine when treatment referrals and intervention is needed, as well as be able to identify first-line interventions for people presenting with low vision.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV

    Orli Weisser-Pike is the Assistant Director of the Low Vision Service at the Hamilton Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Alongside her clinical appointment, she instructs ophthalmology residents and occupational therapy students. Ms. Pike currently serves on AOTA’s Low Vision Specialty Certification panel as a reviewer for applicants seeking the SCLV; she previously served on the same panel to develop certification requirements for OT practitioners in low vision rehabilitation. Additionally, she serves on the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) Low Vision Certification Committee and was a previous member of ACVREP’s item development committee for the new certification examination in low vision therapy. In 2004 she became the first Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) in the greater Memphis area and was the first occupational therapist (OT) in the region to achieve specialty certification in low vision (SCLV) from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2006. To date, she is one of fourteen OTs nationally to achieve SCLV since its inception. She is an instructor on low vision rehabilitation for national and international audiences and is co-owner of a business specializing in training of rehabilitation professionals in low vision rehabilitation. Ms. Pike is deeply committed to the advancement of low vision rehabilitation through the professions of occupational therapy, low vision therapy, and ophthalmology and is devoted to a full-time career in low vision rehabilitation. Watch her course on Vision Loss and Older Adults!

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Normal Vision

    1. Normal Vision

    In this chapter, participants will learn to identify the two key differences between sensory and motor components of vision, as well as understand the intersectionalities and differences between the optical, retinal and neural stages of vision. Emphasis will be placed on normal vision changes that are attributed to aging.

  2. Low Vision

    2. Low Vision

    To better understand low vision and its impacts, this chapter outlines three common age-related eye diseases and conditions, and identifies the impacts of such eye conditions on vision and overall function. With this knowledge, participants will be able to distinguish between normal and concerning vision changes, leading to earlier intervention and treatment.

  3. Interventions

    3. Interventions

    This chapter introduces professions within eye care, and challenges participants to determine when and how to make referrals for eye-related treatment. The course highlights two first-line interventions for low vision that are currently implemented.

  4. Q&A

    4. Q&A

    Join Orli Weisser-Pike and Margie as they discuss the symptoms and impacts of glaucoma on function, and understand the potential of an eye disease to cause low vision.