Introduction to Behavioral Vision Care


Course Description

Introduction to Behavioral Optometry

Dr. Paul Harris will introduce the participants to behavioral optometry in his own unique way. The Skeffington 4 circles will be used as the vehicle through which Dr. Harris will share his understanding of the behavioral concept of vision. An introduction to the neurology of vision will demonstrate the scientific basis on which the behavioral principals are based. In addition, the relationship to vision and reading and learning problems as well as visualization, visual imagery, and spelling will be introduced.

Acquired/Traumatic Brain Injury


Course Description

OD Prerequisites: Completion of Core Curriculum courses (The Art & Science of Optometric Care, VT/Visual Dysfunctions, VT/Learning Related Visual Problems,and VT/Strabismus and Amblyopia) Therapist Prerequisites: VT/Visual Dysfunctions, VT/Learning Related Visual Problems, and VT/Strabismus and Amblyopia. Building on your foundation from the prerequisite core courses of the OEPF Clinical Curriculum, this course will deal with the specifics of treating patients with head injuries. The course will present material that will help the attendee understand the mechanics of head injury, understand more the neurology and how it relates to function and learn how central it is to match the problems seen to this type of injury.

  • A new case history format will be presented along with the rationale for its use.
  • Many on-line resources will be demonstrated to help you understand the role of the optometrist in treating patients with TBI/ABI.
  • Blindsight, Neglect, and the treatment of hemianopia will be discussed in detail.
  • Modifications to the Clinical Curriculum therapy activities for patients with speech and language problems and mobility problems secondary to their TBI/ABI will also be discussed in detail.
  • Compensatory prisms have been used by many in the treatment of TBI/ABI and this will be discussed in detail.
  • How to write a report for the many different conditions and people who work with head injury will be presented.
  • The OD as part of the medical team and interfacing with OT, PT, Speech and Language, Physiatrists, Neurologists, Neuro-Ophthalmologists and others will be discussed in detail.

This exciting course is guaranteed to get you over the fear of dealing with this very interesting population that can be helped immensely by our great profession. Each course participant will receive a manual which includes suggested readings, definitions, diagrams and case histories.

* Courses begin at 9:00 am each morning and will finish at 5:00 PM. On the last day of the course we begin at 9:00 am and generally finish by 3:00 PM. Lunch is included in your tuition.

(NOTE: If you have special dietary considerations please let us know at the time you make your reservation.)