To be offered in Spring 2024
2 credits (3 ECTS Credits)
This course will cover specific strategies for treating patients with acquired and/or traumatic brain injuries.
The course includes access to 20 hours of pre-recorded lectures, divided into specific topics. After viewers have viewed 10 hours of the lectures, a live Zoom session will be held with the professor to discuss key issues and to answer any questions. A second Zoom session will be held at the conclusion of the course.
After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the mechanics of brain injury and the relevant neurology
- Identify the causes of visual problems arising from brain injury
- Provide appropriate treatment for visual dysfunction associated with brain injury.
- History taking of the ABI/TBI patient
- Mechanisms of stroke and embolism formation
- Blast injuries
- Glutamate and the brain
- Areas of the brain that are responsible for key areas of visual function
- Relationship between symptoms and signs and neurology of the brain
- Detecting matches and mismatches between the known damage to the brain and the functions as seen during testing.
- Vision problems resulting from brain injury: Strabismus, Ocular motor, Visual perception, Visual field, Binocularity/Accommodation, Headaches/Asthenopia
- Short and long-term treatment for ABI conditions
- Off-site patient care
- Measurement of strabismus angles in the ABI population
- Use of Fresnel prisms in the hospital/ABI population
- Dealing with inability to fuse
- Neglect and unilateral special inattention- USI: diagnosis
- Peli and Gottlieb prism application
- Adaptation of VT activities for the ABI population
- How to write a report for the many different conditions and people who work with head injury?
- Multi-disciplinary treatment of patients: the optometrist as part of the medical team
- Final exam for students seeking academic credit
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information
Program Director: Dr. Liat Gantz
Program Administrator: Ms. Alisa Gania
Department Chairperson: Prof. Ariela Gordon-Shaag