Vision Rehabilitation Forum

Thursday, June 21, 2018
9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Mile High Ballroom 3C

Sponsored by:

Enhanced Vision RightEye  



Registration is now full. However, we may be able to accommodate additional attendees, depending on the level of interest. Please contact if you are interested in attending the event. 

We are reserving spaces for students to participate in the forum. If you are a student, please contact to register for this event.


AOA's Vision Rehabilitation (VR) Forum is an opportunity to learn more about VR and how this field can benefit your practice. For 2018, the forum will introduce attendees to the field and provide a venue for experts to discuss advances in VR. The forum will consist of the following one-hour segments:

General Forum

  • Review objectives, efforts and activities of VRC and advocacy network
  • Discuss advances in the field of Vision Rehabilitation
  • Provide basic information for members who are thinking about adding VR to their practice

Hands-on Session

  • Allow members to learn more about VR technology, devices and practice
  • Members and students will be assigned to small groups of 5-10 people
  • Groups will rotate between sponsor stations every 5-10 minutes
  • Sponsors will have 5-10 minutes with each group for presentations, hands-on training and discussions with members
  • Sponsors can provide fliers and additional information for follow-up

Student Forum

  • Introduce students to VRC and how it can benefit their careers
  • Provide updates on success of student VR club For more VR courses and events at Optometry's Meeting®,

For more VR courses and events at Optometry's Meeting, please see our list of Vision Rehab CE lectures.

General Forum Schedule
(Please check for updates as VR Forum approaches)

 Time  Event
 9 a.m.  General Forum - Opening Remarks
 9:10 a.m.  Introduction of 2018-2019 Vision Rehabilitation Committee Members and Advocacy Network
 9:20 a.m.  What is VR and how can it benefit the average practice?
 9:40 a.m.  Goals/Objectives for 2018-2019 -Issues and Progress for AOA and Vision Rehabilitation
 9:50 a.m.  Dr. David Lewerenz  to be presented with the Dr. Jerry P. Davidoff Vision Care Award (sponsored by Envision)


Hands-On Session Schedule
(Please check for updates as VR Forum approaches)

 10:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks (Instructions and goals for hands-on session)
 10:05 a.m.  Break into small groups 
 10:10 a.m.

 Hands on session: Attendees will spend 15 minutes at each of the following stations

 Station 1
 Vendor: Envision University
 Product/Service: Online Vision Rehab CE

 Station 2
 Vendor: Enhanced Vision
 Product/Service: Devices for low vision, such as electronic magnifiers

 Station 3
 Vendor: Good-Lite
 Product/Service: Vision Testing & Evaluation Products

 Station 4
 Vendor: RightEye
 Product/Service: Eye-tracking Tests

11:10 a.m.  Q/A Hands on Session Closing remarks
11:05 a.m.  Hands on Session Closing remarks


Student Forum Schedule
(Please check for changes as VR Forum approaches)

 11:15 a.m.  Opening Remarks
 11:20 a.m.  What is VR and how to prepare for a career in the VR
 11:25 a.m.  Student Presentations
 11:55 a.m.  Q/A & Closing Remarks


Vision Rehabilitation Related CE Lectures
(Please check for updates as Optometry's Meeting approaches)

Course # Title Instructors Time Room
125 Vision Rehab Panel Bhavani Iyer, O.D.
Marc Taub, O.D.
Ramanpal Deol, O.D.
Joan Stelmack, O.D.
June 20, 1-3 p.m. 
2210 Managing Patients with Low Vision: What You Need to Know Ramanpal Deol, O.D. Friday,
June 22, 7-8 p.m.
W305 Brain Injury Workshop: Adding Neuro Optometric Services to Your Practice Carl Garbus, O.D.
Eric Ikeda, O.D.
Marc Taub, O.D.
June 23,
1-4 p.m.


Please visit Optometry's Meeting's CE Webpage for more deatails and VR classes

Vision Rehab Panel
With increase in the aging baby boomer population and expectations for a more active lifestyle, doctors of optometry face an increasing demand for vision rehabilitation services. From macular degeneration to traumatic brain injury, doctors are a leading and essential part of a vision rehabilitation team. New advances in technology, research and increase in scope of practice have changed the face of vision rehabilitation. Along with this change, comes a pressing need for educating our future doctors of optometry on being prepared to serve this population. This panel of experts will discuss the past, present and future of vision rehabilitation services.

Managing Patients with Low Vision: What You Need to Know
This course will provide the novice doctors of optometry with the knowledge necessary to successfully identify and manage patients in need of low vision rehabilitation services; and erase the thinking that "nothing more can be done" for patients with low vision. Doctors often encounter patients with significant ocular pathology and secondary vision impairment who have not seen any eye care providers for several years; despite the Q3 month to one year follow up that is generally recommended for many ocular conditions. When asking the patient why they have not followed up, the usual response is "I was told that nothing more can be done". Unfortunately, these patients are not only missing critical eye health management, but are also missing out on what truly can improve their quality of life: low vision devices, resources and training. Doctors are aware that low vision rehabilitation allows individuals to continue to lead safe, active and independent lives, regardless of the level of vision impairment. In addition to learning to identify candidates for vision rehabilitation and the components a low vision evaluation, attendees will be informed of available devices and new technology, methods for managing driving patients as well as strategies and resources for improving the patient's quality of life.

Brain Injury Workshop: Adding Neuro Optometric Services to Your Practice
This team-taught workshop is designed to give some hands-on experience to doctors of optometry who are just starting out in neuro vision rehabilitation. Breakout sessions will cover the special testing for traumatic brain injury and stroke. The importance of working with a rehabilitation team (doctors and therapists) is emphasized. A billing and coding segment will be included. The workshop is packed with information and handouts to take back to your office. Don't miss this opportunity to add a new service to your practice.