Announcing VRC and VRAN

The former Vision Rehabiliation Section (VRS) has recently become the Vision Rehabilitation Committee (VRC) and is now part of AOA's advocacy group. This transition allows VRC to work more efficiently with other AOA committees, staff, membership, and affiliate organizations.

While most Vision Rehabilitation resources and material were only available to Section members, VRC will have more access to AOA resources and will now be able to provide all AOA members with Vision Rehabilitation (VR) information, resources, and tools at no extra cost.* This change will also allow VRC to coordinate Vision Rehabilitation advocacy efforts with other AOA committees, such as  Federal Relations Committee, State Government Relations Committee, and Third Party Center.  

For former VRS members and AOA members interested in Vision Rehabilitation, the AOA will be forming the Vision Rehabilitation Advocacy Network (VRAN). This network will help VRC inform interested AOA members of Vision Rehabilitation  updates and allow AOA members to become more involved in  development of AOA's Vision Rehabilitation specific resources and advocacy efforts. By completing the following  survey and joining VRAN, VRC will be able to identify advocacy opportunities which you can be involved in. Click here to join the Vision Rehabilitation ADVOCACY NETWORK.

*Most Vision Rehabilitation materials will be free. However, the AOA may develop more extensive reference materials--such brochures, books, and guides--for a low cost to members at AOA Marketplace.

Join AOA at the Vision Impairment and Cognitive Decline Briefing
September 19, 2017
In preparation for World Sight Day, Dr. Bhavani Iyer, AOA's VRC Chair, will be participating as a panelist in Vision 2020 USA's Vision Impairment and Cognitive Decline Briefing (10/4/2017 at 12pm EST). VRAN members are encouraged to join the briefing. Read more

Updated ICD-10 Codes for Oct. 2017
September 14, 2017
New ICD-10 codes will significantly impact Vision Rehabilitation. Please review AOA resources to be ready by October 1, 2017. Read more

New VR "Find a Doctor" Feature
August 24, 2017
Doctors of Optometry with a Vision Rehabilitation emphasis are now searchable in AOA's Find a Doctor. Read more

Announcing VRC and VRAN
January 12, 2017
Announcing the the Vision Rehabilitation Committee (VRC) and the Vision Rehabilitation Advocacy Network (VRAN) Read more

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VR in the News

Study tackles ticklish issue of tallying young athletes with concussions
From October 25, 2017 of AOA News

"In a research letter, titled "Prevalence of Concussion Among US Adolescents and Correlated Factors," researchers at the University of Michigan say they have found that 19.5 percent of students in grades 8, 10 and 12 self-reported sustaining at least one concussion. "

Researchers examine wide range of visual impairments developed by stroke survivors
From October 11, 2017 article by News Medical Life Science
"There are a wide range of visual disorders that occur following stroke and, frequently, with visual symptoms. There are equally a wide variety of treatment options available for these individuals."

How to add a subspecialty to your practice

Excerpted from page 22 of the September 2017 edition of AOA Focus.
Regardless of what subspecialty your practice decides upon, make sure you're the "go-to person" in that area of expertise in terms of communication, says Jason Clopton, O.D., AOA Vision Rehabilitation Committee past chair.

Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline
From SEPT. 25, 2017of New York Times
"The latest study, published in August in JAMA Ophthalmology, found that among a representative sample of nearly 3,000 older Americans and a second sample of 30,000 Medicare beneficiaries, poor vision was associated with poor cognition...."
"[Comprehensive eye] exams can help to preserve vision by detecting correctable or treatable problems like glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration."

Team effort: Optometry's role in treating sports-related concussions

From September 13, 2017 of AOA News
And with National Concussion Awareness Day on Sept. 15, the AOA Sports & Performance Vision Committee offers resources doctors of optometry can share with athletes, coaches, trainers, parents and medical professionals on the role vision plays in sports-related concussions, says Keith Smithson, O.D..

As World's Population Ages, Blindness Rates Likely to Grow
From August. 3, 2017 issue of HealthDay News
More than 36 million people worldwide are blind, while 217 million more have moderate to severe vision loss, and experts now report that they expect those numbers to surge.

Binocular issues show improvement with neuro-optometric rehabilitation
From July 25, 2017 edition of Healio Primary Care Optometry News
"In a 12-month case study follow-up, a patient with widespread vision issues after a suspected concussion experienced significant improvement in all oculomotor metrics"

Multiple health problems associated with mTBI
From July 24, 2017 edition of Healio Primary Care Optometry News
Optometrists who treat veterans should be aware of the various physical and psychological health problems that occur in conjunction with mild traumatic brain injury, a researcher stated here at Optometry's Meeting.

The Wearables Giving Computer Vision to the Blind
From July 20, 2014 edition of Wired
Aira launched six months ago and counts about 400 blind or vision-impaired subscribers. They use the service mostly for help with ordinary tasks-reading a handwritten note, navigating the grocery store, checking when the milk in the fridge expires-and sometimes extraordinary ones, like when this April, a blind man tapped into Aira to run the Boston Marathon.

Early Parkinson's May Prompt Vision Problems
From July 11, 2017 edition of Health Day
Changes in sight could signal disease a decade before motor symptoms surface, study suggests

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