Over the years, SECI has become an institution that is known for affordable, super-specialty eye care, while firmly believing that increased accessibility to such services is the key to eliminating needless blindness in India. The vision of Sankara was born from the need to provide quality eye care to everyone, regardless of socio-economic, religious, linguistic and geographical backgrounds. Sankara is an academic oriented teaching institute imparting training for ophthalmology, Optometry and other programs. To take the educational initiative forward SECI has tied up with OEPF (optometric extension program foundation, USA) to provide education to optometrists and vision therapists in the field of behavioral therapy.
There are a number of patients with behavioral problems like Dyslexia, Autism, ADD, ADHD etc who can be helped with vision therapy, vision training and behavioral therapies. We have only a handful of optometrists and therapists who are trained to handle these issues. It is an earnest step forward on the part of SECI, to invite stalwarts in this field to train our professionals.
Dates: 29th Nov 2013 – 3rd Dec 2013
The Behavioral Vision Care (BVC) course has been the entry point into behavioral vision care for many optometrists worldwide. Vision is the dominant process in humans and the BVC course is built upon this. The attendees learn the core philosophy and how to put it into action. This includes understanding an expanded definition of “vision” as well as “function alters structure” and “most visual problems are problems of omission.” Attendees typically come away with a much broader understanding of the development of various refractive conditions and how to either prevent future negative shifts or how to guide the patient to less adapted visual conditions. Prescribing patterns are usually altered significantly so that the attendee knows how to use lenses in a much more powerful way. When can you prescribe something other than what you measure? When should you prescribe something other than what you measure? How far can you deviate from your measurements in either the amount of sphere or cylinder power or the cylinder axis or the amount of aniso? Why would you ever prescribe a lens through which a person does not see optimally sharp through? Why would some people have trouble adjusting to a prescription through which they see optimally well? What lenses optimize visual performance? Why would one ever prescribe prisms with the bases in the same direction (yoked prisms)? These questions and many more are dealt with directly in the first course of the core curriculum.
Behavioral vision care has grown well beyond the Black Book Analytical. This course provides the participants with answers to the question “Why?” while providing the scientific and neurological basis for understanding human behavior. Participants will emerge with a new respect for the power of lenses as well as understanding the process and underlying physiological changes as patients build refractive and other visual conditions. Rather than being given a cook book approach to diagnosis and treatment, the goal of this course is the nurturing of master chefs of behavioral vision care.
Dr. Paul Alan Harris
Dr. Paul Alan Harris is a 1979 Graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry in practice in Baltimore, MD. His accreditations include Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), and the American Academy of Optometry (1999). He has published two series for the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), an organization that he currently serves as the President.
The Optometric Editor’s Council voted his series, “Unique Services and Your Success”. Dr. Harris also authored the award winning Journal of Optometric Vision Development article, “Toward a Unified Theory of Vision”. Dr. Harris is a researcher and teacher. In the late 1980’s he published, "The Prevalence of Visual Conditions in a Population of Juvenile Delinquents" in the Journal of the American Optometric Association and currently serves as the chief investigator of a program looking at vision therapy in the Baltimore City Public Schools. In 1991 Dr. Harris founded the Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry (BABO) to help expand the quantity and quality of behavioral optometric care available to the public. These courses are now part of the clinical offerings of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) and are known as the OEPF Clinical Curriculum. These courses provide hands-on small-group post-graduate clinical education in the field of behavioral vision care. Over 750 optometrists in the US and abroad have taken part in one or more of these course offerings. Currently he is the chair of pediatric and vision therapy department at Southern college of optometry, Memphis.
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