Had another great group of professionals at my day long seminar on vision yesterday in Cherry Hill, NJ, comprised largely of OTs. I’ve written about these seminars previously, and our colleague, Dr. Dan Fortenbacher, has addressed the significance collaborating with occupational therapists.
There is a nice issue of OT Practice, August 22, 2011, that addresses this collaboration. There is good advice about understanding the education and professional distinctions between Optomtetry and Ophthalmology, and Optometry’s historically greater expertise and involvement in lenses, prisms and therapy. One example provided is of an OT in Illinois who consulted the COVD Directory and located Dr. Neil Margolis in Illinois. When she began referring her clients to him she made an appointment to observe his evaluation and testing procedures. She also took advantage of opportunities to learn more about vision and to hear Dr. Margolis speak. That’s precisely the collaborative spirit that I felt yesterday. Looking forward to a visit with my daughter and her family, and a seminar in Blue Ash, Ohio next week!
– Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO