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Vision Deficits: Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, and Multiple Sclerosis

presented by Dana Aravich, MS, OTR/L, CPAM, CLVT, Holly Stants, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT, and Laura Troxell, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM

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Financial: Dana Aravich receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She is an employee of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and is a contractor with Johnson & Johnson.

Nonfinancial: Dana Aravich is a speaker and member of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Dana Aravich has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Holly Stants receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She is an employee of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehab Sciences OT Department, and is an adjunct instructor at Chatham University.

Nonfinancial: Holly Stants is on the ACVREP Subject Matter Expert CLVT committee and is a member of the POTA vision task force. Holly Stants has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Laura Troxell receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She is an employee of UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Nonfinancial: Laura Troxell has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 81 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 53 Minutes

Clients with Parkinson's disease, dementia, and multiple sclerosis frequently experience changes in vision that negatively impact their daily function. This course aims to identify common functional visual deficits, create low-vision strategies, create meaningful treatments, and improve client performance during daily activities.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine common functional vision impairments in Parkinson's disease, dementia, and multiple sclerosis
  • Examine how these common impairments can negatively impact performance and safety during daily activities
  • Implement strategies for mitigating the impact of functional vision deficits on client performance
  • Determine the most appropriate referral pathway for further vision evaluation and treatment

Meet Your Instructors

Dana Aravich, MS, OTR/L, CPAM, CLVT

Dana Aravich is an occupational therapist who primarily works with individuals with neurological and low-vision conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She also has lived experience as an individual with a low-vision condition. Aravich regularly presents on vision-related topics at local, national, and international presentations, at conferences, and as a guest lecturer. She cocreated…

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Holly Stants, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT

Holly Stants is an award-winning occupational therapist and clinical interventionist with expertise in functional outcomes measurement, quality improvement, and low-vision intervention for people with blindness and low vision and other comorbid conditions. She also creates low-vision educational content for learning opportunities for staff, universities, and local and international conferences. Stants also has extensive experience as…

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Laura Troxell, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM

Laura Troxell is an occupational therapist with expertise in clinical intervention for individuals with neurological and low-vision conditions. She also creates neurological and low-vision educational content for learning opportunities for staff and local universities. She has more than a decade of experience and knowledge working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing care to individuals…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, and Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding Functional Vision Impairments

This chapter reviews the visual pathway and explores how neurological-based vision impairment may result from diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and multiple sclerosis. We will also explore common behaviors exhibited by individuals with these diseases.

2. Parkinson’s Disease: Looking at Functional Vision

This chapter covers evidence-based screening and evaluation tools to help identify functional vision impairment from oculomotor dysfunction or visual perceptual deficits, as well as adaptations for high-acuity patients. We will also explore common behaviors exhibited by individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. You will learn how to incorporate low vision strategies quickly and easily to maximize functional performance with daily activities limited by vision impairment. You will learn about other vision providers and better understand their role in addressing functional visual deficits in high-acuity patients.

3. Dementia: Looking at Functional Vision

This chapter covers evidence-based screening and evaluation tools to help identify functional vision impairment from oculomotor dysfunction or visual perceptual deficits, as well as adaptations for high-acuity patients. We will also explore common behaviors exhibited by individuals with dementia. You will learn about the importance of environmental modifications and the use of family/caregiver support to promote safety. You will learn how to incorporate low vision strategies quickly and easily to maximize functional performance with daily activities limited by vision impairment.

4. Multiple Sclerosis: Looking at Functional Vision

This chapter covers evidence-based screening and evaluation tools to help identify functional vision impairment from oculomotor dysfunction or visual perceptual deficits, as well as adaptations for high-acuity patients. We will also explore common behaviors exhibited by individuals with multiple sclerosis. You will learn how to conduct a thorough vision history and understand current vision symptoms. You will learn how to incorporate low vision strategies quickly and easily to maximize functional performance with daily activities limited by vision impairment. You will learn about other vision providers and better understand their role in addressing functional visual deficits in high-acuity patients.

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