Short-Term Fellowship Program in Low Vision Care
Duration: Three months
Program dates: January, April, July and October
Venue: Vision Rehabilitation Centres, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.
Number of Positions: Two per program
- An overview of low vision
- Vision classification system
- Visual perception
- Low vision environmental assessments
- Observational factors
- Case history
- Identification of visual needs
- Psychological factors
Clinical aspects of low vision
- Distance and near acuities
- Low vision refraction
- Visual fields
- Colour vision
- Determination of magnification
- Assessment of illumination
- Evaluation with low vision devices
- Training in use of low vision devices
- Prescription of low vision devices
The curriculum also includes training in low vision devices – their individual characteristics, advantages and disadvantages; clinical set-ups, resource mobilisation and utilisation. All aspects of rehabilitation – such as counselling, orientation and mobility, daily living skills and support services – will be a practical part of the course. Interaction with patients, their parents and the community is also an integral part of the course.
Minimum qualifications: Diploma in Optometry/Master’s degree or Diplomate from the National Board of Examination in Ophthalmology. Preferably institution based.
- Registration is limited to two persons per program.
- Food and shared accommodation will be provided.
- No leave or other benefits.
- Candidates should make their own travel arrangements.
- Candidates should pay the registration fee by demand draft, payable to Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation along with the application.
Vijaya K Gothwal, MAppSc (QUT)
Head, Centre for Sight Enhancement
Beula Christy, MRSc
Head, Rehabilitation Professional
Program(s) are supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai, India.