Clinical Connections: Low Vision Focus
By the year 2030, 1 of every 5 Americans will be age 65; 7.7 million will have low vision. Nearly 85% will have at least 1 chronic medical condition. Additionally, vision impairment and age-related low vision can be difficult to track. For example, according to CDC, from 2000 to 2010, the number of cases of diabetic retinopathy increased 89 percent from 4.06 million to 7.69 million. By 2050, the number of Americans with diabetic retinopathy is expected to nearly double, from 7.7 million to 14.6 million. The care of persons with vision impairment and age-related vision loss requires an interdisciplinary approach across the continuum of care. Providers should be aware of current evidence and care techniques for vision impairment and age-related vision loss across the continuum from initial diagnosis, medical complications, many phases of rehab, and community resources. The presentation will introduce and review a variety of topics relevant to persons with vision impairment and age-related vision loss. This discussion will focus on areas important to all team members, throughout the continuum of care. The goals of this presentation are in line with the missions of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute to advance health, expand knowledge, and improve care through research, teaching rehabilitation services, and medical care.
Nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, case managers, social workers, physiatrists/physicians, fellows, and residents involved with the acute care and rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients are encouraged to attend.
Having attended this activity, attendees will be able to:
• Identify normal age-related vision changes
• Recognize patterns of vision loss or vision impairments
• Understand/explain impact of low vision impairment on occupation
• Learn screening tools to identify low vision impairment
• Identify functional impairment and criteria for making appropriate referrals to low vision rehabilitation services for at risk individuals needing comprehensive services
• Hands-on learning and technology solutions
4pm Sign in
4:15pm Welcome and Introduction
4:20pm Presentation and Q&A
Holly Stants, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT
UPMC CRS, Low Vision Rehab Team Leader OT
UPMC Eye Center
Dana Aravich, MS, OTR/L, CPAM
UPMC CRS, Low Vision OT
Maria Shoemaker, MS, OTR/L, CPAM
UPMC CRS, Outpatient OT
Laura Troxell, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM
UPMC CRS, Neurological/Low Vision OT
Lemieux Sports Complex
Madeline Williamson, MS, OTR/L, CPAM
UPMC CRS, Neurological Team Leader OT
William Smith, OD
UPMC Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
Dana Aravich has relavant financial relationships to disclose: salary from UPMC.
William Smith has relevant financial relationships to disclose: salary from UPMC.
Holly Stants has relevant financial relationships to disclose: salary from UPMC. Holly Stants have a relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose: employment as UPMC CRS OT Low Vision Rehab Team Leader.
Laura Troxell has relevant financial relationships to disclose: salary from UPMC.
Madeline Williamson has relevant financial relationships to disclose: salary from UPMC.
Briana Kelly, MOT, OTR/L
Senior Manager, Rehab Organizations
UPMC Rehabilitation Institute
Samantha Codispot, RN, BSN
Charlsia Davenport, SW
Deklerk Ngankam, MD
No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.25 contact hours.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 continuing education credits.
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Occupational Therapy is a pre-approved provide of continuing education in Pennsylvania. This course is approved for 1.25 Contact Hours.
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy is a pre-approve provider of Continuing Education in Pennsylvania. This course is approved for 1.25 units of General Access CEUs.
- 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.25 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 1.25 ASWB
- 1.25 Attendance
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