NEW YORK--Eyecare practitioners just
starting to get into servicing low-vision patients, as well as
those who've been involved with this visioncare segment for a
while, found the VCA session "Magnify Your Future," a low-vision
seminar, beneficial. Leading the all-day session and panel
discussion was Michael Politzer, OD. Speakers and panelists
included Stanley Woo, OD; Thomas Porter, OD; Bethany Fishbein, OD;
Randy Kinkade, OD; and Christopher Colburn, OD.
Subjects included diagnosing low
vision, evaluating which low-vision devices work with which
patients and clinical pearls. About 14 manufacturers were also on
hand demonstrating a variety of low-vision aids.
Bob Susan, OD, of Levin &
Luminais Eye Associates in Thorndale, Pa., who began serving
low-vision patients six months ago, came to "get ideas on growing
the practice and referrals, and to help his technicians get more
experience" in this area.
"The overall experience of the
speakers has been helpful," Susan said. "Anyone can give an eye
exam, but how you interact with patients and have them buy into
[low-vision treatment] is what will make a low-vision practice
succeed." Drew Doyle, OD, who works at a Maryland Veterans
Administration Hospital, has just been put in charge of an
outpatient clinic where he will be performing low-vision exams, and
"needs to learn the basics of using equipment" for low-vision
patients. He said, "I need to know what's the best equipment for
Heidi Bowie, a low-vision
rehabilitation researcher at Johns Hopkins, came to see the latest
technologies available, as well as to hear insights from the
speakers. "The seminars were good," she noted. She spent part of
the break looking at diagnostic kits.
Richard Soder, OD, of New York, said
low-vision patients have made up half his practice, for 25 years.
He came to get an update on the latest low-vision aid technologies.
--Seth J. Bookey