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Vision Deficits and Occupation

Course #: 014-1332

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OT Mastery is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID#05549. This Distance Learning-Independent activity is offered at 0.125 CEUs, Introductory, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Please Note: This course has varying hours depending on the type of credit you need. See Below.

  • Florida Board Of Occupational Therapy: 1.00 Hours
  • North Dakota State Board of Occupational Practice: 1.00 Hours
  • All Other Organizations: 1.25 Hours
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CEU Course Description

Vision is one of many crucial performance skills that occupational therapists address as part of their treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate 12 million Americans are living with ongoing vision concerns, which makes the low vision practice area an important one within our field. OTs are known to help individuals with chronic or acute visual conditions. However, there are other medical concerns that can lead someone to experience secondary visual deficits. The CDC says about 80 million Americans have health conditions that can lead to blindness if they are unmanaged. Regardless of their etiology, vision problems can impact a person’s quality of life and occupational engagement across the lifespan. This is why preventive, rehabilitative, and maintenance services from occupational therapists are so important to this population. Occupational therapists with any amount of experience have the skills needed to assist individuals with visual impairments as they lead fuller, more meaningful lives.

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Explain how major vision concerns impact a person’s function.
  2. Identify the major visual impairments and eye conditions that OTs can provide treatment for.
  3. Describe the difference between vision rehabilitation and low vision treatment as part of occupational therapy.
CEU Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Section 1: Prevalence and Risk of Vision Concerns
  • Section 2: Anatomy and Development of the Visual System
  • Section 3: Low Vision Treatment
  • Section 4: Vision and Eye-Related Disorders
  • Section 5: Low Vision Evaluation and Goal-Setting
  • Section 6: Low Vision Treatment
  • Section 7: Case Study
  • Section 8: Case Study Review
  • Section 9: Case Study
  • Section 10: Case Study Review
  • References 

Author: Brittany Ferri, OTRL, PhD, CPRP

Educational Level: Introductory

Course Category: OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants 

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Course Date: 2022-09-19

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