Working Effectively With Blind and Low Vision Patients
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DMU STUDENTS ONLY
DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 2.2 billion people globally experience vision impairment or blindness. The prevalence of visual impairment tends to increase with age, and various conditions contribute to vision loss, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and congenital factors.
Individuals with visual impairments encounter educational, employment, and social participation challenges. Access to information, mobility, and communication poses particular difficulties for those who are blind or have low vision.
Vision, as our most dominant sense, plays a crucial role in every aspect and stage of life. Often taken for granted, vision is integral to learning, walking, reading, participating in school, and working. Vision impairment occurs when eye conditions affect the visual system and its functions, and everyone is likely to experience at least one eye condition requiring care in their lifetime.
Vision impairment has significant consequences throughout an individual's life. Timely access to quality eye care can mitigate many of these consequences. While strategies often focus on eye conditions causing vision impairment, such as cataracts or refractive errors, the importance of conditions that typically don't lead to vision impairment, like dry eye or conjunctivitis, should not be overlooked. These conditions frequently lead individuals to seek eye care services.
- List 2-3 barriers faced by individuals losing vision.
- Discuss how these barriers can be overcome.
- Review the challenges people who are blind or have low vision face in medical settings.
- Approach patients who are blind or losing vision.
- Use tools and access technology blind people use to work and live independently.
Chief Information Officer, Iowa Department for the Blind
Emily Wharton, MFA, CPM
Director, Iowa Department for the Blind
Session proposals are now being accepted for the DMU Grand Rounds series! Have you encountered an interesting clinical case, seen a patient with a unique history, condition, and/or treatment protocol, or been involved with interprofessional management that improves patient care and treatment outcomes? If so, you're invited to help build the series by submitting a session proposal! In addition to the rare and unique, cases of more common conditions are also acceptable, and proposals from external members of the broader healthcare community are welcomed and encouraged. Please click the button below to learn more about the series and access the submission form.
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- MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
- Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director.
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.
- Emily Wharton, MFA, CPM - Speaker
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 1.00 AOA Category 2A
- 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 1.00 CPME
- 1.00 IBON
There is no cost to attend, and all interested individuals are invited to participate.
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