Low Vision Resources and Rehabilitation for Retinal Degeneration Patients: A Webinar to Discuss Critical Needs and Opportunities

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world's leading organization committed to finding treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases, is hosting a low vision webinar to inform eye care professionals about the many opportunities to greatly enhance the quality of life, and provide hope, for their retinal disease patients.

The interactive webinar is appropriate for all eye care professionals including: retinal specialists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, rehabilitation professionals, occupational therapists, and orientation and mobility instructors.

Register now for the free November 11, 2020, webinar from 12:00-2:00 pm ET

"A diagnosis of a condition like retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, or age-related macular degeneration is often devastating. But by referring these patients for low vision resources, doctors can provide tremendous hope and a path forward," said Rebecca Kammer, OD, University of California, Irvine, and webinar moderator. "We will reference patient case studies to highlight the opportunities eye care professionals have to help their patients be more independent and enjoy their favorite activities."

"Low vision services and resources can significantly enhance the quality of life for people without clinical treatment options. However, the lack of awareness about the existence of low vision providers and limited understanding of potential benefits are barriers to connecting patients to life-changing services," said Lee Nasehi, chief executive officer of VisionServe Alliance. "We applaud the Foundation for hosting an event that will provide insights from leading experts in low vision to help all eye care professionals better help their retinal degeneration patients."

Webinar presenters and panelists

    --  Donald Fletcher, MD is a clinician and researcher in the field of
        retinal diseases and low vision rehabilitation. For the last 34 years,
        he has devoted himself to rehabilitation of the visually impaired and
        has cared for more than 30,000 low vision patients and taught many
        others how to perform this work. He sees patients at California Pacific
        Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology in San Francisco; Envision
        in Wichita, Kansas, where he is medical director; the University of
        Kansas Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology in Kansas City; and
        Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, where he is
        director of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Center.
    --  Wayne Heidle was an assistant professor at Southern California College
        of Optometry (retired). He is currently the manager at the Kathryn T.
        McCarty Adaptive Technology Center and a member of the National Speakers
        Association and Global Speakers Federation. He received an honorary
        doctorate (LHD) from Marshall B. Ketchum University.
    --  Rebecca Kammer, OD, PhD, University of California, Irvine, has been a
        low vision specialist for 20 years with the majority of that time
        serving as head of low vision clinical programs at institutions or for
        international rural outreach. Dr. Kammer currently spends most of her
        time conducting research with inherited retinal disease trials. She is
        also part-time clinical faculty at UC Irvine department of ophthalmology
        where she founded a low vision service in 2018.
    --  Denny Moyer, BS, COTA/L, SCALV is a founding member and current chief
        executive officer of the Ensight Skills Center for Low Vision
        Rehabilitation in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Curtis Strong Center
        for the Visually Impaired in Greeley, Colorado. Denny has been visually
        impaired from Stargardt disease since age 19.
    --  Monica Perlmutter, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA is an associate professor at
        the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy in St. Louis.
        She has 39 years of clinical experience that includes adult neurology
        and working with adults with vision loss and chronic conditions. She is
        the lead OT for the Low Vision Community Practice program at Washington
        University.

The webinar is being organized by the Foundation's Professional Outreach Department which was created to educate eye care professionals throughout the U.S. about the many resources available to retinal degeneration patients including no-cost genetic testing and counseling, and the My Retina Tracker® Registry patient database. For more information about the Foundation's resources for eye care professionals, contact Michelle Glaze at mglaze@fightingblindness.org or (251) 654-9758.

About the Foundation Fighting Blindness
Established in 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world's leading private funding source for retinal degenerative disease research. The Foundation has raised more than $800 million toward its mission of accelerating research for preventing, treating, and curing blindness caused by the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases including: retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and Stargardt disease. Visit FightingBlindness.org for more information.

Media Contacts:
Michelle Glaze
Associate Director, Professional Outreach
mglaze@fightingblindness.org
(251) 654-9758

Chris Adams
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
cadams@fightingblindness.org
(410) 423-0585

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