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Jerusalem 20/20 - TBI/ABI (Online Course)

June 02nd, June 16th

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This course will deal with the specifics of treating patients with acquired and/or traumatic brain injuries. The course will present material that will help the attendee understand the mechanics of brain injury, the neurology and how it relates to function and learn how central it is to match the problems seen to this type of injury.

More information about the TBI/ABI course (PDF)

Course Structure

The course includes access to 20 hours of offline pre-recorded lectures. Each topic is taught in a separate pre-recorded lecture.
After viewers have watched 10 hours of the lectures, a live Zoom session will be held with Dr. Paul Harris, to review and emphasize main points,
to hold discussions, and answer any questions. Then, after participants have watched the additional 10 hours of offline lectures, another live Zoom

session will be held with Dr. Paul Harris to review and emphasize main points, and to conclude the course.

Live Zoom Session for Part 1 ABI/TBI - June 02,2020 16:00-17:30 Israel time
Live Zoom, Session for Part 2 ABI/TBI- June 16, 2020 16:00-17:30 Israel time

Topics covered

  • 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 per-ception , 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
  • Blindsight
  • 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

Dr Paul HarrisDr. Paul Alan Harris is an optometrist (SUNY, 1979), a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), and the American Academy of Optometry (1999), and a Professor at Southern College of Optometry (USA) since 2010. He has published several books in the topics of optometric visual development, prevalence of binocualr vision disorders, and vision therapy and was the chief investigator of a vision therapy program in the Baltimore City Public Schools. Dr. Paul Alan Harris is founder and instructor in the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) training hundreds of Optometrists in vision therapy, sports vision, and optometric management of ABI/TBI.

International Student Rates

  • Cost for registering to online course is $250 
    (875 NIS*) 

* (1 NIS = 3.5 USD)


Please note: All prices are in New Israeli Shekels (NIS).

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