Alzheimer's and dementia patients have visual needs that the optometrist can address in the office, long term care facilities and homes.  An overview of the different types of dementia, prevalence and progressive stages of impairment will be completed. This course will review age related, chronic and acute visual conditions and detail effective management strategies for patients that may not be able to cooperate or communicate with ocular examination due to mild, moderate or severe cognitive impairment.​Optometric patient population is expanding to include many patients with mild, moderate and severe cognitive impairment.​Optometric care is delivered to these patients in multiple settings including primary care office, long term care facilities, inpatient hospital, rehabilitation hospital and private home settings.​Common diagnoses and treatment plans, pearls for examination and management of these elderly patients will be discussed​.Ideas for removing barriers to eye care for improved patient outcomes will be presented.​

Course Code:



Angela Howell, O.D.

Dorothy Brodmann, O.D.



AOA Expiration Date:


Related News

‘Profits over patients cannot continue’ with VBMs; Texas testifies at health insurance hearing

As Texas defends its landmark law curbing vision benefit managers (VBMs), doctors of optometry testify at a hearing on the state’s health insurance market.

Kentucky attorney general holds Warby Parker accountable for its online vision test

Enduring advocacy by the Kentucky Optometric Association regarding retailer’s online eye test shows results as its state attorney general reaches settlement with Warby Parker that results in a fine announced May 10.

Next-gen optometry’s focus on independent practice

Preparing optometry students for practice autonomy is an imperative the AOA doesn’t take lightly, doubling down with partnering academic institutions for the profession’s future.