Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Low Vision Rehabilitation in Older Adults

Lecture & Hands-On Lab Introductory Course
12.5 Contact Hours (1.25 CEUs)
October 6 & 7 2017
Intended for Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
APP-C Provider CMYK

Registration Fee:

Early Bird Registration: $349 (register by September 8)
Regular Fee: $399

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of the actual definition of low vision, the various eye conditions, and the subsequent implications on a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
  • Describe the components of a typical low vision evaluation and have exposure in administering some of the tools that are available to healthcare professionals.
  • Identify how to proceed with low vision treatment to address functional deficits and to incorporate aspects of it into a variety of clinical settings.
  • Implement appropriate environmental modifications to increase a patient’s level of home safety.
  • Compare the various optical devices that may be prescribed by the referring ophthalmologist or optometrist and begin to learn how to use them during a hands-on lab session.
  • Analyze and formulate the steps necessary in order to establish a low vision program at a current facility.
  • Recognize the signs and making appropriate referrals for at-risk individuals who may suffer a low vision condition that results in frequent falls and self-injury.

About the Instructor

IMG_1896Elsa Zavoda, MS OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT
Elsa Zavoda, MS OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT has been a practicing Occupational Therapist since 1997 with extensive clinical experience, serving in a variety of settings.  Ms. Zavoda graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Ms. Zavoda obtained a Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007 under the leadership of Mary Warren, MS OTR/L, FAOTA, SCLV.  She has served as a teaching assistant, working directly with Ms. Warren.  Ms. Zavoda has been concentrating in the field of Low Vision Rehabilitation since 2006.  Ms. Zavoda is the 16th Occupational Therapist in the U.S, and the first in NJ to be awarded Specialty Certification in Low Vision (SCLV) from AOTA in January 2010.  She also has earned her Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) credential from ACVREP in September 2010.  Ms. Zavoda has successfully established and implemented 3 low vision programs in NJ, including at The Low Vision Center of Central NJ.  She currently serves as the Program Director for the Vision Loss Alliance of NJ.  Elsa also serves as the Vision Advisor for, and as an Independent Peer Case Reviewer for MCMC.

Registration Fee:

Early Bird Registration: $349 (register by Septemer 8)
Regular Fee: $399

Registration Fee Includes: 
Conference Manual & Handouts, Daily Continental Breakfast.

Early registration will be accepted until September 8, 2017. Regular registration will be applicable after this date.  Cancellations & requests for refunds in writing will be accepted until September 29, minus a $20 non-refundable administration fee.  After that date, no refunds will be granted.  In the event of course cancellation by VLANJ, the full registration fee will be refunded.  Travel expenses incurred will not be covered.  Please note:  If you require any specific accommodations, please contact us directly.  For more information, or to join our mailing list, please visit our website at:, or contact Elsa Zavoda, MS OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT at (973) 627-0055; ext. 1335.

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