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  • Vision Therapy (Online Course)

    HAC International | Elective
    Day And Time: Sunday , 18:00-20:00
    Tuesday , 18:00-20:00

    Vision Therapy (Online Course)

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    The Optometry Dept. at Haddasah Academic College in conjunction with The International Dept. Present: 

    Vision Therapy (Online Course)
    October - January

    "I have been told my child's vision is excellent '6/6', but I still feel she has a vision problem that prevents her from achieving her best at school"

    Optometric treatment is more than correcting a refractive error. It includes testing and treating visual skills, improving visual comfort, efficiency, and visual processing. This course covers the basics of diagnosis, treatment, and management of binocular vision anomalies including convergence and accommodative anomalies and more.

    Course Structure

    • 18 hours of synchronous and asynchronous online lectures
    • Three live sessions on zoom

    The live sessions will be held on the following dates: 05\10 , 16\11 , 14\12, 18\01.

    The remining lectures will be pre-recorded and available to all participants at all times.

    Two academic credits (3 ECTS) option available.


    Topics Include

    • Functional Vision Testing
    • Binocular
    • Accommodative
    • Oculomotor
    • Perceptual
    • Functional Vision
    • Perceptual Anomalies
    • Symptoms
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Vision Therapy
    • Equipment
    • Practice

    Course Instructor

    Dr. Rachel Eichler, the Director of the vision therapy clinics at Hadassah Academic College since 1997. She has received many awards for excellence in teaching and is involved in pedagogical research. Dr. Eichler was trained as an optometrist in the State University of New York College of Optometry. She is a senior lecturer and has been an independent practitioner with over 25 years experience.

    Guest lectures


    Prof. Mitchell Scheiman

    Prof. Mitchell Scheiman

    Prof. Mitchell Scheiman, Dean of research, Director of graduate studies, and a professor at Salus university. Prof. Scheiman has spent over 25 years researching binocular vision disorders. He is world-renown for his work as study chair for the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial, and the subsequent CITT-ART study. His current research focuses on diagnosis and treatment of concussion-related vision disorders. Prof. Scheiman is a diplomate and a fellow in binocular vision, perception and pediatric optometry in the American Academy for Optometry, and a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.



    Cost of registration: 300$ (970 NIS). 

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

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  • Optometric Care of Patients on the Autism Spectrum (Online Course)

    HAC International | Elective
    Evaluation: Final exam for students seeking academic credit
    Semester B ,
    Points: 2 Israeli Credits (3 ECTS)

    Online course to be offered in Spring 2023
    3 ECTS Credits


    Optometrists can work together with other disciplines for the benefit of their patients on the autism spectrum. This course provides background about the diagnosis and daily lives of patients on the spectrum from a variety of guest lecturers: a developmental psychologist, speech pathologist, special education teacher and mother of a child on the autism spectrum. This course covers visual assessment and treatment of patients on the autism spectrum, when to refer the patients to other disciplines, and the relative timing of the interventions.

    Course Structure

    • 13 hours of recorded online lectures
    • Four live sessions on zoom
    • Lecturers from the fields of psychology and communication disorders provide an interdisciplinary approach
    • Firsthand account by the mother of a child on the autism spectrum.

    Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to:

    1. Adapt optometric exams for patients on the autism spectrum
    2. Explain the value of synergistic diagnosis and treatments of varying disciplines working together in treating patients on the autism spectrum
    3. Identify when to refer patients to other disciplines, specifically with regard to the relative timing of different interventions in an overall coordinated approach to helping those on the autism spectrum
    4. Describe how the common pathway hypothesis links together very different phenomena associated with the autism spectrum and gain insight into how treatment in one domain directly impacts others

    Topics Covered

    • Optometric assessment and management of patients with ASD.
    • Tools and modifications of vision therapy protocols for patients with ASD.
    • Prescription of optical aids to patients with ASD


    • Final exam for students seeking academic credit