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Vision Loss and Older Adults

presented by Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV

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Financial: Orli Weisser-Pike receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

 Non-Financial: Orli Weisser-Pike has no competing non-financial 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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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…

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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

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

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

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.

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