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Thesis

Optometric referral guide for physical and occupational therapists

1 May 1996

Abstract

The purpose of this manual is to provide an optometric referral guide for use by rehabilitative therapists. The manual will provide criteria to determine whether optometric services are indicated in either primary care or vision therapy. This guide is an effort to enhance comprehensive care for the patient and strengthen interdisciplinary interaction. The conditions requiring optometric referral, as discussed in this manual, include: Cerebrovascular Accident, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Demyelinating Disorders. Suggestions for optometric examination based on the overlapping populations that rehabilitative therapists and optometrists serve include: Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Indigent Care. The manual reviews symptoms and signs of given visual disturbances as well as comanagement treatment strategies.


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