Department of Specialty and Advanced Care Courses
(SAC23005A) Advanced Contact Lenses
Instructor of Record: Ronald Watanabe, OD
Contact lenses are an essential part of optometric practice; not only for practice success, but also in the management of certain ocular conditions that require visual or therapeutic rehabilitation. This course covers advanced contact lens topics for the optometry student who has previous contact lens practice experience. Topics include soft and rigid gas permeable toric lenses, multifocal lenses, specialty lenses for irregular corneas, and contact lens related complications. Self-study is the key to maximizing learning and success in this course.
(SAC33405) Binocular & Accommodative Anomalies
Instructors of Record: Barry Kran, OD; Stacy Lyons, OD; and Glen McCormack, OD, PhD
This lecture and laboratory course provides the student with the ability to diagnose as well as to initiate treatment for patients who present with non-strabismic binocular dysfunctions, accommodative anomalies, and non-pathologic oculomotor dysfunction. From a diagnostic perspective, it will integrate the clinical information gained in the PPO sequence with the theoretical and practical information covered in other courses discussing binocular vision. Treatment options discussed will include the judicious application of lenses and prisms, as well as an introduction to optometric vision therapy.
(SAC23001) Contact Lenses
Instructor of Record: Ronald Watanabe, OD
Contact lenses are an essential part of optometric practice, not only for practice success, but also in the management of certain ocular conditions that require visual and/or therapeutic rehabilitation. This course introduces all aspects of contact lens practice to the optometry student. It begins with spherical soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses, and continues through toric, multifocal and specialty lenses, as well as contact lens related complications and their management. A hands-on laboratory provides practical experience with the various lens types, and online materials encourage independent learning.
(SAC33402) Development, Strabismus, and Amblyopia
(SAC33483A) Strabismus and Amblyopia
Instructor of Record: Erik Weissberg, OD
Normal and abnormal visual development, from the basic underlying principles and supporting science to the diagnosis and management of clinical conditions resulting from abnormal development such as strabismus and amblyopia, are presented. Basic topics include the development of refractive errors; the normal and abnormal development of the neural visual system in animals; the effects of monocular eye closure, strabismus, anisometropia and astigmatism on the development of the visual system and visual behavior; the critical period for neural flexibility; the testing of vision in human infants; and research on the nature of vision in amblyopia and binocular vision loss. The course then takes a more clinical turn, as it provides the student with an organized approach to the clinical evaluation and management of a patient with strabismus and/or amblyopia. Discussions focus on natural history, etiology, signs and symptoms, related characteristics, significance and practical management of amblyopia, esotropia, exotropia, and noncomitant strabismus. There is special emphasis on the clinical decisions and procedures needed to recognize functional versus pathological etiologies with a laboratory component, setting the stage for discussion and hands-on experience with relevant diagnostic and treatment procedures.
(SAC33203) Low Vision Rehabilitation Throughout the Life Span
Instructor of Record: Richard Jamara, OD
This one-semester lecture and laboratory course provides an introduction to low vision rehabilitation and geriatrics. The course teaches the role optometrists perform in treating the level 1 low vision patient who has moderate visual impairment. The course also addresses how to refer the level 2 patient who has advanced visual impairment to comprehensive low vision care. This is taught using the New England Eye Institute Specialty and Advanced Care low vision examination strategy for evaluation, low vision device selection, and patient management. Interactive laboratories provide hands-on experience and practice using the low vision methods of evaluation.
(SAC33605) Pediatric Optometry
Instructor of Record: Nicole Quinn, OD
The Pediatric Optometry course prepares the student to understand, diagnose, and manage vision problems found in children. Topics include examination techniques used for infants and toddlers, diagnosis and management of refractive error and ocular disease in children, child development, learning-related vision problems, evaluation of children with disabilities, and the ocular and systemic manifestations of child abuse. Seminars will provide hands-on opportunities to reinforce techniques and concepts discussed in lectures. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the foundation needed to deliver high-quality eye care to their pediatric patients.