Here's some session highlights that focus on scotoma and PRL evaluation and training:
S46: A Review of Occupational Therapy Techniques for Treating Ring-Scotomas. Kimberly Schoessow, OT; Leah Gilbert, OT; Michelle Bianchi, OT. Ring scotomas occur commonly in patients referred for vision rehabilitation and they can be a challenge for the vision rehabilitation clinician as traditional approaches to the rehabilitation for central scotomas may not be effective. It is important for both the clinician and the patient to be aware of the characteristics of such central field loss and the impact on function. Rehabilitation interventions focus on evaluating and optimizing the potential to use the central seeing area or, when required, facilitating the use of more peripheral retina. Clinical techniques will be reviewed and demonstrated.
S16: I Can't See Your Nose: The Essential Role and Benefit of Scotoma/PRL Training in Rehabilitating Individuals with Vision Loss. Lori Adamek, CLVT, OT; Annette Babinski, CLVT, OT. The major causes of adult vision loss present variable patterns of loss that compromise function differently. Effective rehabilitation requires recognizing and addressing the patients' individual patterns of loss. Terminology, patterns, functional implications and methods of mapping are presented, highlighting the technique and training benefit of the Foolproof Flashcard Method.
S28: A Review of Central Field Assessment Techniques for the Vision Rehab Clinician. Mary Lou Jackson, MD Ophthalmology, ABO. Central vision is very important to tasks such as reading and the clinical evaluation of central field is growing in importance in planning visual rehabilitation interventions. A range of assessment techniques from inexpensive, low tech methods to more detailed methods will be reviewed. A series of clinical cases will be presented to demonstrate principles of fixation, scotoma location, scotoma size and scotoma configuration. Recent research relevant to macular perimetry and questions that need to be addressed will be discussed.
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