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Monday, September 12, 2011

Comprehensive Clinician's Guide to Low Vision from the Experts at Lighthouse International

A comprehensive, updated publication, The Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice, from the experts at Lighthouse International, is now available from the 106 year-old nonprofit in vision rehabilitation and education. The 200-page book will serve as the seminal text for training ophthalmology and optometry students and residents, as well as practicing clinicians, in the principles of low vision clinical care and vision rehabilitation.

According to Dr. Eleanor E. Faye MD, FACS, Lighthouse International Medical Director Emerita, and a pioneer in low vision, “The guide addresses the needs clinicians have in dealing with a population that has vision loss but some functional, usable vision. We believe that the benefits of taking a functional approach will carry over to your general eye care patients as well.“ There is a growing need for low vision services. Due to aging baby boomers and diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration, sixty one million Americans are at-risk of vision loss.

The Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice helps clinicians understand low vision principles, enhances their knowledge of disease consequences, provides insight for addressing patient complaints, and increases the effectiveness of treatment, both medical and surgical, through low vision rehabilitation.

The guide has been endorsed by, Mary Lou Jackson, MD, Chair of Vision Rehabilitation Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology and John Musick, OD. Chair of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry.

In the Foreword, Dr. Jackson states, “In the American Academy of Ophthalmology guideline, Vision Rehabilitation for Adults, the role of the primary eye care provider was outlined as needing to “recognize and respond”, recognize the functional impact of even minimal vision loss on function, and respond by advising patients of options for rehabilitation. This book assists clinicians who provide eye care to understand what can be offered to patients with vision loss.”

Additionally, Dr. Musick notes, “This manual provides clinicians with a contemporary knowledge base that will help transform their practice from one that could only, at one time, tell their low vision patients, ‘I’m sorry, nothing else can be done,’ to one that proclaims, ‘Now, let’s see what we can do to improve your functional vision.’”

This book will help ophthalmologists and optometrists learn to:

  • Identify low vision patients
  • Evaluate functional impairment and correlate it to a patient’s disease
  • Assess how medical and surgical interventions impact a patient’s functional vision
  • Perform low vision refraction and prescribe appropriate low vision optical devices
  • Integrate low vision care and vision rehabilitation components into their practice
  • Recognize how vision rehabilitation specialists can improve the quality of life for patients

The book was supported by a grant from the Sanna and Victor Borge Memorial Fund. To order please email or call 212-821-9470.

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