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Low Vision Community Takes Note of NECO Student Research

Student Research included in the Review of Optometry and Vision Aware

In November, 2014, NECO students Anne Bertolet, Emily Humphreys, Hannah Woodward, Jessica Zebrowski, Inna Kreydin and Jenna Adelsberger presented their findings at the AAO’s Annual Academy meeting on a poster that came out of their work from a class with Dr. Gary Chu. Their research focused on the lack of a clear definition for low vision between primary care optometrists and low vision specialists. Such discrepancies often lead to infrequent referrals for low vision.

The student researchers note: “Our purpose is to provide potential solutions to help primary care optometrists refer low vision patients more effectively in order to make an efficient and timely transition from primary care optometry to low vision specialty care.”

Their findings are beginning to garner interest in the low vision community. Last week, the Review of Optometry published an article: Low Vision Referrals Are Too Low, Study Says.

VisionAware, the website for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, also published an article by Maureen Duffy discussing the research: New Research: Patients not Referred for Low Vision Services in a Timely and Efficient Manner. Their research is also mentioned in an interview with low vision rehabilitation expert Donald C. Fletcher, M.D.: Meet Donald C. Fletcher, M.D., Internationally Recognized Authority on Low Vision Rehabilitation

View their poster here.