New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently hosted its first international grand rounds program via real-time video conferencing bringing together low vision practitioners from the United States and India.
The program, entitled Low Vision Grand Rounds: Local Sharing of all Things Global, took place on September 18, 2015 from 6:45 am – 7:45 am using video conferencing technology at the College.
Speakers for this unique collaboration included Deepak Kumar Bagga, MBA, Optometrist, and Seelam Bharani, BSopt, Assistant Optometrist from Meera and LB Deshpande Centre for Sight Enhancement, LV Prasad Eye Institute, and Alexis Malkin, OD '08, Clinical Assistant Professor and Nicole C. Ross, OD '11, Assistant Professor from New England College of Optometry and attending optometrists at New England Eye.
Over 85 students from the New England College of Optometry attended this event, together with College faculty and low vision practitioners from the Boston area. At the presentation, faculty from LV Prasad and New England College of Optometry presented a case-based discussion of low vision rehabilitation management and strategies in a grand rounds format. The cases addressed the process of following low vision exam components including a full comprehensive functional low vision history, vision impairment measures, prescription of low vision devices, and referral to other practitioners such as low vision therapists, occupational therapists and certified orientation and mobility specialists. The program also discussed the global and local barriers patient’s face when seeking low vision rehabilitation services.
Dr. Nicole Ross, professor at NECO, noted, “While we serve patients on either side of the globe, it was compelling to see that many of the issues facing our patients are similar. The problems that initially seem local are in fact global.”
The grand rounds program was the first of its kind for the specialty and advanced care department. It was also included in LV Prasad’s longstanding low vision awareness program, conducted bi-annually at LV Prasad for optometrists practicing in India. Drs. Ross and Malkin will be traveling to LV Prasad in March to continue this global collaboration in low vision patient care and research.