NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2017 — Vision rehabilitation is the standard of care for patients who are losing their vision and ophthalmologists are key to improving access to care for these patients. Recognizing this, Lighthouse Guild is offering ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents free access to an eLearning program titled, “Introduction to Vision Rehabilitation.”
Dr. Alan R. Morse, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, says, “It is important that all ophthalmologists understand how vision rehabilitation can help their patients. Providing patients with information about vision rehabilitation options and initiating referral to services as early as possible in the treatment process is crucial to improving their quality of life.”
The program is designed to provide ophthalmologists with an introduction to vision rehabilitation and basic strategies to help their patients. It is self-paced, divided into ten modules, and can be completed in approximately two hours.
The ten modules review terminology, the impact of vision loss, and highlight the importance of vision rehabilitation services. The program also discusses optical principles and selection and use of low vision devices.
The program is accessible on the One Network of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) website. https://www.aao.org
Dr. Morse, says, “People are routinely referred for physical or occupational therapy to address physical health issues. It is essential that people with low vision or who have difficulty doing routine activities be referred for vision rehabilitation. The good news is that with vision rehabilitation, people who have low vision can receive appropriate equipment, education, and guidance enabling them to lead fulfilling and productive lives.”
The “Introduction to Vision Rehabilitation” program is made possible in part by support from the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.
About Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild, based in New York, is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss through coordinated vision and health services. With Lighthouse Guild, people who are at risk for, or affected by, vision loss have access to all the resources necessary to lead full, independent and productive lives. For more information, visit http://www.LighthouseGuild.org
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