Vision Rehabilitation in the News

Low Vision Rehabilitation Tied To Improvement In Several Dimensions Of Visual Function, Research Suggests.
Healio
, April 30, 2018
"Researchers found that low vision rehabilitation was associated with improvement in several dimensions of visual function and direct health care costs similar to basic low vision services." The research "was conducted at nine VA facilities and included 323 veterans with macular disease and a best-corrected distance visual acuity of 20/50 to 20/200."

Macular Degeneration: Managing This Vision Condition 
U.S. News & World Report, February, 23, 2018
To manage low vision, Iyer says [AOA's VRC Chair], "Ultimately, it's a combination of devices, strategies, lighting, contrast, training and resources." For instance, she says, if your goal is to recognize a loved one's face, a handheld monocular telescope could help. If you want improved vision while walking or driving, small devices called bioptic telescopes can be mounted on top of your glasses.

AMD patients should see low vision, medical eye doctors
Healio Primary Care Optometry News, February 20, 2108
"It is no longer acceptable for a doctor to say to an AMD patient: 'Nothing more can be done...'" - Richard J. rShuldiner, OD, FAAO, FIALVS"

February is Age Related Macular Degeneration + Low Vision Awareness Month
eyecare.org, February 8, 2018
"Even though vision loss from macula degeneration cannot be restored, a low vision evaluation by an Optometrist is important to measure for devices such as telescopes, microscopes, and magnifiers that can be prescribed to maximize the functional use of the remaining vision." - Dr. Maria Richman

Study tackles ticklish issue of tallying young athletes with concussions
AOA News. October 25, 2017
"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. [Wearers] 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

Study results link low vision to depression
From July 10, 2017 edition of Healio
People with low vision due to age are twice as likely to experience depression compared to the blind and five times more likely compared to normal individuals, a recent study from the National Eye Institute found.

Visual Dysfunction in Veterans After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (P. 52)
From the April 2017 edition of AOA Focus.
"I don't think that a lot of our TBIs, especially in the military, are getting the complete picture, because not a lot of people provide vision rehab care. Even if they do, most people provide it as a secondary service or tertiary service where it is just a sideline for them." [-Dr. Clopton] Read More.

Peripheral reaction time faster in deaf adults and sign language users
Excerpted from the April 2017 edition of AOA Focus.
For years, movies and comic books have entertained us with stories about sensory compensation. The blind superhero Daredevil navigates the criminal underworld with his enhanced senses. In "Scent of a Woman," sightless Al Pacino can identify the brand of soap a woman uses within moments of meeting her. While this may sound like Hollywood fodder, a recent study seems to show a clear example of sensory compensation among deaf adults. Read More.