Driving with Low Vision

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Price: $105.00
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Enrollment Length: 90 day(s)
Course Description

Presented by: Judith E. Goldstein, O.D., Herb Simon, Certified Driving Instructor and Eli Peli, M.Sc, O.D.


This three credit hour † CE course presented by 3 authors focuses on different aspects of low vision driving:


  1. Clinical Evaluation and Management of the Low Vision Driver
  2. Driving with Low Vision and Compensatory strategies
  3. Driving with Impaired Vision and Visual Field Limitations


The first lecture series is authored by Judith E. Goldstein, O.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. This lecture series provides information on the clinical examination of patients with low vision who wish to gain and/or maintain a driver's license. The clinician's role in management of the low vision driver is emphasized.


The second lecture series is authored by Herb Simon. Mr. Simon is a Certified Driving Instructor and Professional Consultant with over 40 years of driver education experience. Mr. Simon's first lecture describes the challenges faced by individuals who wish to gain and/or maintain a driver's license as well as the safety issues involved with low vision and motor vehicle operation. The second lecture demonstrates real-life examples of compensatory skills for the low vision driver through the use of photos.


The third and final lecture series is authored by Eli Peli, M.Sc., O.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Peli's lecture on Driving with Impaired Vision discusses the variation in state regulations and requirements for drivers with visual impairment in the United States.


In his final lecture, Dr. Peli provides an overview of the impact that restrictions in visual field have on the low vision driver.


† Note that some organizations award credits, while others award content hours.

Course Details
Judith Goldstein; Eli Peli; Herb Simon, C.D.I.
Course Director(s):
Jim Deremeik, M.A., C.L.V.T.
Course Editor(s):
Robert W. Massof, Ph.D. Jim Deremeik, M.A., C.L.V.T.
  • 0.3 CEU(s) by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • 3.0 CE hour(s) by The Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • 3.0 contact hour(s) by The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
Content Focus:
Category 1: Domain of OT; Areas of Occupation and Performance Skills Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process; Evaluation Category 3: Professional Issues: OT Education
  • None
Education Level:
Course Objective(s):
  • identify the steps a clinician follows when evaluating the low vision patient who wants to drive
  • define the various roles of the professionals that provide services to the low vision driver
  • discuss the legal responsibility of the clinician in the doctor/patient relationship related to driving and vision impairment
  • describe the practical intervention strategies that are used by the low vision driver to assist in the safe operation of a motor vehicle
  • identify the challenges faced by drivers with visual impairment
  • list the compensatory strategies that should be used by the low vision driver in order to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • define the purpose and function of a bioptic telescope used by a low vision individual for driving
  • discuss the variations in state regulations and requirements for drivers with visual impairments
  • recognize road markings and indicators used for highway information on the US highway systems
  • explain the psychosocial impact that driving has on an individual with low vision
  • recognize and describe the profile of a low vision driver
  • discuss strategies and interventions in the use of field expanders for individuals with field restrictions who are interested in driving
Target Student(s):
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Optometrists
  • Paraoptometrics
  • Medical Students
  • Health Profession Students
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orientation and Mobility Instructors
  • Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Ophthalmic Technicians
  • Low Vision Therapists
  • Low Vision Direct Care Providers
  • Low Vision Patients
  • Family Members of Low Vision Patients
Successful completion of the course requires a score of 70% or better and the completion of the course evaluation. Students will receive a certificate of completion once those two requirements are met. The course is designed as a self-paced personal enrichment continuing education program. Lectures may be repeated until material is mastered.

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