Is Vestibular Still Making You Dizzy?
4-hour interactive lecture in 2 sessions of 2 hours:
Tuesday 15th September @7PM EST and Tuesday 22nd September @7PM EST
Patients with dizziness, imbalance or frequent falls often consult an optometrist due to visual symptoms. How can we assess if the cause is visual, vestibular or if a visual disorder is triggering or exacerbating vestibular symptoms? While diagnosing the source of the problem can be challenging, you will leave this course with a better understanding of relevant history questions, simple chairside testing, diagnosis of common vestibular disorders and when visual intervention is needed. We will cover basic clinical tools for evaluation, an introduction to vestibular rehabilitation and relevant treatment techniques. You will be encouraged to submit patient cases in advance of the second session so our discussion can integrate the course material while being relevant and helpful for immediate use. A detailed handout with slides, tests and useful references will be sent prior to the course.
Dr. Cathy Stem OD, FCOVD, FCSO, FNORA is a behavioral/neurological optometrist specializing in treating visual processing challenges frequently experienced by patients with a history of brain injury, learning disability and special needs. She is a current trustee of the College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO) and faculty for NORA Curriculum II. Previously she was faculty for the CSO Basic Course, the COVD Brain Injury course and physician mentor for MIT ReDx (Rethinking Engineering Design Execution for Digital Health). She enjoys teaching and has lectured about acquired brain injury, vision and learning, special needs and assistive technology across the USA and abroad. Her current interests include helping optometrists add myopia control and vision therapy to their practices while educating other professionals about visual processing for better use of assistive technology. Dr. Stern believes the eye and vision are key players in prevention, enhancement and rehabilitation for lifelong success.