Photosensitivity is a common symptom in both inherited and acquired neurological conditions. While all of us encounter circumstances where the amount or quality of light is bothersome, these patients have a lower threshold for light tolerance.
Photosensitivity is a common symptom in both inherited and acquired neurological conditions. While all of us encounter circumstances where the amount or quality of light is bothersome, these patients have a lower threshold for light tolerance. Patients demonstrate not only increased sensitivity to bright illumination but may also be impaired in dim illumination. This course will review the neurological conditions associated with photosensitivity, simple optometric evaluation and how lenses, prisms, filters and tints are used for treatment.
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.