Pediatric Ophthalmology Updates: Earlier Detection, Earlier Referrals, New Technologies and Strategies
Medical updates are essential for educational personnel working with young children with visual impairment. Come learn from pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Linda Lawrence about exciting new ophthalmological updates. Information will be shared about work in the field of neonatology to assist in earlier identification of visual impairment of high risk infants, such as babies who are premature, have a genetic disorder, and/or have experienced hypoxia. Handheld Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is changing the way doctors view the retina and the brain. This technology is becoming more common and has implications for earlier detection of vision problems or impairments. Earlier referrals may mean different strategies are needed from TVIs on how to address the needs of these very young children. This may include actual hospital privileges and infant handling. Information will also be shared about updates concerning Retinopathy of Prematurity. In addition, information will be shared about prescribing glasses for a very young child and an update on refractive surgery.