The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) is pleased to announce that the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, devoted to improving the quality and productivity of life for the blind and visually impaired, has provided an unrestricted educational grant to JCAHPO. The grant made possible a series of three webinars collectively entitled "Going Blind and Going Forward: Pearls and Resources for the Eye Care Team," which aired live in October 2013. JCAHPO and the Partners for Sight Foundation have made these courses available to the general public as free resources.

Part 1:
Maximizing Your Patient's Potential:
The Ophthalmic Technician's Role in Vision Rehabilitation

Presented by Dr. Eydie Miller-Ellis
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The ophthalmic technician is often the first eye care professional the patient interfaces with in their ophthalmologist's office. The patient may feel more comfortable telling the technician day to day challenges related to their eye disease. Thus, the tech can be the first to identity the patient who would benefit from low vision services. It is important that the technician recognizes the range of symptoms a patient may experience as well as how they may differ depending on the diagnosis and stage of disease. This presentation will cover the range of symptoms that result from glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, and emphasize the technician's role in guiding the patient to services that will maximize their visual potential.

Part 2:
Going Blind and Going Forward:
A Patient's perspective on Vision Loss

Presented by Joseph Lovett
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Going Blind Filmmaker Joseph Lovett and Going Blind and Going Forward Outreach Coordinator Julie Gaynin will discuss using the film Going Blind to learn more about how ophthalmic techs can help their patients. By viewing and discussing the film, Going Blind, techs will learn what resources are available to help their patients. Moreover, they will learn the patient's experience in living with vision loss.

Part 3:
How To Help Patients Who Cannot See 20/20:
Resources You Can Use 24/7

Presented by Priscilla Rogers, PhD and Neva Fairchild
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Have you been talking with patients who heard the doctor say, "There is nothing more I can do." Of course, he/she means medically. But it would be helpful to add just six words: "but low vision rehabilitation can help." This presentation will give you the information and resources you can use to add those six words and know what to do.

The presentation will cover how to find and use local, state and national services and resources; tips and products for helping people to live with vision loss; and informational resources you can share with family members. The presentation will also include the wealth of resources that can be found on, a free, one-stop online resource for adults new to vision loss and their families and other relevant sites such as, a website for families of children with vision loss.

Additional Resources: VISIONAWARE

VisionAware has provided the following materials for general distribution. These PDF flyers cover a wide variety of topics on helping those who are living with vision loss.

Visit the VisionAware site for more information and for free copies of the Getting Started Kit

Additional Resources: LOVETT PRODUCTIONS

You can also access the "Focus on the Patient" guidebook, provided by Stuart Carduner at Lovett Productions.

Additional Resources: Prevent blindness america

Prevent Blindness America has also made several resources available from their Living Well with Low Vision website.