Barry Kran, OD FAAO, is featured in a webcast by Perkins School for the Blind entitled “Ensuring a Successful Eye Exam for Individuals with Ocular Visual Impairments”. Dr. Kran is professor at New England College of Optometry, NECO, and optometric director at the New England Eye Low Vision Clinic at the Perkins School for the Blind. New England Eye is the patient care and clinical affiliate of NECO. Dr. Kran supervises students and residents from NECO in their clinical care of patients with visual and other impairments.
A passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities, Dr. Kran was honored last year by the Department of Developmental Services with the 2015 Allen Crocker, MD, Health Services award for his work raising awareness of optometric needs, helping define the barriers to care and improve access to care, and training the next generation of optometrists to provide care to individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Kran’s research involves expanding access to care, developing diagnostic tests, and refining techniques and approaches to ensure a successful completion of an eye exam for individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Kran explains, “There are many individuals with a need for glasses, that, because of their potential inability to express their needs, or the need to use alternative ways of collecting information in order to understand what their needs are, they go unmet.”
In the webcast, Dr. Kran discusses the challenges of providing a successful eye exam for individuals with disabilities. He provides practical suggestions for practitioners including the following topics: Finding Appropriate Eye Care (resources for eye exams); Before the Exam (providing information and preparing the patient); AnAdaptive Approach to the Eye Exam; Beyond Acuity: Other Issues in Eye Health, and Addressing Potential Barriers.
Dr. Kran goes on to discuss the need for specialized care for individual with disabilities. “Now in general, individuals with intellectual disability or neurodevelopmental delays statistically have a higher percentage of the need for glasses than the general population. So routine care is something that should occur automatically. Every individual with intellectual disabilities needs to be on an actively managed eye care plan by their eye care provider.” View the webcast in its entirety below.