Certificate program in Geriatric Optometry
If optometrists are to provide care to the elderly as they must, it is imperative that every optometrist receive formal training in geriatric optometry. As eye care specialists,we have the choice to keep our elderly empowered, independent and healthy. Indian Academy of Optometry introducing certificate program in Geriatric Optometry which include high quality training and professional certifications
About this course
World-wide, Optometry is expanding its scope of practice in many jurisdictions. Optometrists are increasingly becoming involved in co-managing glaucoma and the ocular complications of diabetes, interfacing with systemic and ophthalmic specialists. Optometrists continue to define their role as members of the healthcare team by serving as post-operative care specialists following refractive and cataract surgeries.
Geriatric optometry is, perhaps, the newest subspecialty of Optometry. We do not need to remind the aging population in most developed and developing countries and the increased eye care needs that will ensue. It is clear that there is a need for more research on the elderly and vision and there is much work to be done to improve the clinical eye care of elderly persons.
While Optometry has an obvious and major role to play in the measurement and optimization of functional vision and in the treatment of many vision disorders in the elderly population, Optometry is also responsible for building the evidence base for the treatments we offer the elderly.
Indian Academy of Optometry introducing certificate program in Geriatric Optometry which include high quality training and professional certifications
Geriatric optometry differs from the more usual form of optometric care in that the geriatric patient suffers specific and characteristic visual symptoms and problems on the one hand, and has a reduced capacity for dealing with them on the other. This program presents the origin and nature of the important problems of visual functioning for the geriatric patient and the presently available means of coping with them. There is a great need and a great scope for these services.
Older patients may require a variety of different approaches to be taken in the eye exam. Many older patients will require additional time in their exam to account for more extensive history taking, objective testing and interpretation. Attempts to obtain additional medical information from other providers, including medication lists and laboratory reports, can be very useful to the optometrist in ensuring the best optometric care is taken for the patient. Exam modifications may be required to adapt the exam for patients who are wheelchair bound, have functional impairments or have cognitive problems. Eye exams may be best done outside of the exam room entirely and instead done bedside in the patient’s home or nursing home, in the inpatient setting, or a variety of other settings. In summary, the care of the older patient is a complex task that can be challenging, stimulating and rewarding. Older patients deserve compassion and dignity in their care and the well-equipped geriatric optometrist can provide the utmost of care for this group of people.
Be able to identify, investigate the age related changes in the eyes.
Be able to counsel the elderly
Be able to dispense spectacles with proper instructions.
Adequately gained knowledge on common ocular diseases.
Certificate program is is open to the working optometrists & optometry students
Synthesis of knowledge about
- What is geriatric optometry?
- What age is considered a geriatric patient?
- What geriatric means?
- What happens in a geriatric assessment?
- What do geriatric optometrists treat?
- What is a geriatric examination?
- What are the geriatric syndromes?
- How do I get a geriatric assessment?
- How long does a comprehensive geriatric assessment take?
- What is the difference between elderly and geriatric?
- What is the most common vision problem in the elderly?
- How can old people improve eyesight?
- Why do old people have bad eyesight?
- What happens to the human eye as a person gets older?
- At what age do eyes stop deteriorating?
- How can I stop my eyes from deteriorating?
- How do you know if you're going blind?
- How can I take care of my eyes after 40?
- What are the most common eye diseases?
- What is age related vision loss called?
- What causes blindness in the elderly?
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