- PB-AI and Optometry: How Autonomous Technology is Changing the Way Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Edema are Diagnosed
- PB-Basics of Infection Control
- PB-Can Implicit Bias Affect the Optometric Exam?
- PB-Focus On Vision & Health Promotion For I.D. Athletes
- PB-Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Patient Education in an Optometric Practice - An Interprofessional Approach
- PB-Improving Patient Communication: What Does Culture Have to Do with It?
- PB-Infection Control: Implementation in a Clinical Practice
- PB-Population Health The Changing Healthcare System and Why Optometry Needs To Know
- PB-The Opioid Epidemic and Drug Diversion
- PB-The Perils of Physician Bias: What It Means and What We Need to Do About It
PB-Marijuana and Driving: Your Retina and Brain
Marijuana impacts cognition and sensory functions. The impairment is enough to create a serious hazard to driving. The rate of drivers testing positive for marijuana only in a fatal accident, has doubled in Washington and Colorado since the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana causes dysfunction in retinal processing. Marijuana inhibits up to 75% of the visual functions in the lateral geniculate nucleus, the primary brain relay nucleus. Little is known about what levels of marijuana and its primary ingredients; Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), impair functions enough to impact driving. Further there is no functional test available to law enforcement to support dysfunction even when the blood levels of measured THC is considered to be high enough to impair function. There is research using functional Magnetic resonance imaging that the visual system has dysfunction with acute and chronic use of marijuana. This lecture will review the available research related the visual pathway and its relationship to driving and cannabis use.
Denise Valenti, O.D.
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