Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Visual Dysfunction

About This Program

A 1-hour online program, divided into four parts. The program is designed to provide health care professionals, such as optometrists, rehabilitation professionals and others, with an understanding of the range of visual dysfunctions associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) which may create or exacerbate the physical and cognitive symptoms seen in TBI, particularly with mild TBI.  Approaches are discussed for identifying and assessing visual dysfunction and impairment in patients with TBI, for differentiating visual symptoms from symptoms related to brain injury, and for addressing these symptoms.

The program is presented by four health care professionals who concentrate their practices in treating patients with low vision:  a neurologist (Helen Chang, MD), a low vision optometrist (Andrea Zimmerman, OD, FAAO), an occupational therapist (Inna Babaeva, OT, PhD), and a clinical psychologist (Laura Newman, PhD).

Who May Benefit

  • Optometrists
  • Rehabilitation professionals

What Is Covered

  • Identify visual dysfunctions and the associated symptoms commonly seen after traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Describe basic approaches for assessing visual function in patients with TBI.
  • Describe common treatments for visual dysfunction and impairment related to TBI, including vision therapies.
  • Discuss the psychological impact of TBI and visual dysfunction.

Continuing Education Credits

  • This activity, COPE Activity #118557, is accredited by COPE for continuing education for optometrists. Expiration date 11/19/22.
  • This activity is approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for 1 clock hour. Activity #60007914172, expiration date 12/14/21.
  • This activity is approved for .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDUs / 1 contact hour)

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