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Concussions and Other Brain Injuries: Addressing Ongoing Visual Consequences

When a patient has suffered an injury to the brain, treating the problems that arise is challenging. From dizziness and blurred vision to recurring headaches, your patients are suffering. You’ve done all the tried and true methods for addressing the vestibular aspects, but your patient is still experiencing issues daily. How often have you felt like you’re missing a piece of the puzzle? Your techniques may be falling short because they only address the vestibular aspects of the concussion – when in fact, the visual system is playing a significant role.
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Faculty:
Robert Constantine
Duration:
5 Hours 56 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Oct 22, 2020

Description

When a patient has suffered an injury to the brain, treating the problems that arise is challenging. From dizziness and blurred vision to recurring headaches, your patients are suffering.

You’ve done all the tried and true methods for addressing the vestibular aspects, but your patient is still experiencing issues daily. How often have you felt like you’re missing a piece of the puzzle? Your techniques may be falling short because they only address the vestibular aspects of the concussion – when in fact, the visual system is playing a significant role.

Robert Constantine, OTR/L, will bring 20+ years of clinical experience to the table to help you quickly identify and treat many of the issues that commonly follow mild brain injury:

  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Double Vision

Though there is widespread media attention for the importance of understanding and treating concussions yet there is a lack of the specialized doctors in many parts of the country. When you purchase, you will leave with insight as to how you can become the go to resource for patients suffering from concussions or mild TBI. From a simple vision trick that can improve your patient’s balance and motion sensitivity in minutes to several DIY tools – this seminar will pave the way to recovery for your patients.

Handouts

Outline

Pathology & Pathways of the Brain
  • Anatomy from cornea to cortex
  • Cranial nerves
  • ”What” vs “Where” pathways
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Mild TBI
  • Female concussion
  • Associated visual problems
Assessment Strategies to Quickly Identify Visual Problems
  • Two questions for objective measurement of concussion syndrome
  • Ocular Motor assessment
  • Assessing Near Vision Focusing
  • Standardized Symptom Assessments
Integrate Systems for Faster Recovery
  • Ocular motor, balance and proprioceptive
  • Accommodative disorders
  • Convergence problems
  • Saccade inaccuracies
Questions Answered: Tackle the Most Common Concerns
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred and double vision
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Tolerance of computer screens
Simple Tricks and Tools that Improve Symptoms
  • What you need to know about glasses
  • DIY tools
  • Prism
  • Lenses
  • Brock string
  • Magic Scotch Tape
Quick Tips for Documentation Success
  • Saccades, Tracking/Pursuits and convergence
  • Cheat sheet for ocular motor skills and common eye pathologies
  • When to refer on? ODD vs. MD vs VT
  • Referral guide for vision complaints

Faculty

Robert Constantine Related seminars and products: 5


Robert Constantine, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of visual and neurological rehabilitation. Mr. Constantine is employed by the Pearl Nelson Child Development Center, where he focuses on the treatment of eye movement disorders in neurotypical and special needs children. Mr. Constantine’s passion leads him to intensive studying of the visual system and continuous searches for new ways to improve patient outcomes.

He is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, a unique interdisciplinary organization that brings together the tools of optometry, occupational and physical therapy to improve outcomes for patients with neurological diagnoses. In addition, he is the only occupational therapist to be a member of the High Performance Vision Associates, an elite group of sports vision optometrists. As such, Mr. Constantine has participated in sports vision screenings at IMG Academy, Hendricks Motorsports, and on the LPGA tour. He has also developed and marketed drag-racing specific glasses that have been successful in NHRA Sportsman drag racing, as well as having worked with elite NHRA racers, golfers, and sporting clays champions.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Robert Constantine has an employment relationship with Pearl Nelson Center. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Robert Constantine has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.