Visual Perceptual Deficiencies and Learning: An Overview.
with Dr. Deborah Amster
This lecture will discuss visual perceptual deficiencies as they relate to learning in the school aged child. The specific deficiencies will be defined in the areas of Visual Spatial skills, Visual Analysis skills and Visual Integration skills. Signs and symptoms of specific deficiencies, along with samples of standardized tests and vision therapy techniques that the optometrist can use to evaluate and manage these skills will be highlighted.
Deborah Amster O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D. graduated with the Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2001. She went on to practice as an independent Doctor of Optometry in Long Island, NY until 2002. Dr. Amster then completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision at the NSU College of Optometry in 2003. She was a full time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University until July 2019. She joined the SUNY College of Optometry faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor and the section Chief of Pediatrics at the University Eye Center in August of 2019.
Dr. Amster’s publications include several posters presented at the AAO, AOA, COVD and SECO, as well as articles in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry and Review of Optometry. She was an active participant on the CITT, CITT-RS and CITT-ART studies and has been, and continues to be, a participant on several PEDIG studies. In addition, she authored a chapter entitled ‘Diagnosis and treatment of vision information processing disorders’ in the book Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Special Needs Patient, a chapter entitled ‘Anisometropic hyperopic amblyopia’ in the book Vision Therapy: Success Stories from Around the World (Volume 1) and a chapter entitled ‘Plus at near for accommodative insufficiency’ in the book The Power of Lenses (Volume 1). She also co-authored a chapter entitled ‘Visual Concerns in the Child with Special Needs’ in the book Visual Development, Diagnosis & Treatment of the Pediatric Patient 2nd ed.
Dr. Amster is a fellow of both the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and The American Academy of Optometry. She is currently a member of the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) of COVD. Dr. Amster’s areas of interest include visual perceptual dysfunction and learning related vision disorders, preschool and special needs exams, and vision training.