We just returned from another NORA conference and my mind is reeling!
What is NORA? NORA is the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitative Association, a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of rehabilitation of the neurologically and cognitively injured and disabled survivor population and their families. NORA emphasizes treatment modalities designed to optimize the frequently neglected visual-motor, visual-perceptual and visual information processing dysfunction in the neurologically affected person. Integration of Neuro-Optometric treatment modalities maximizes the potential of the rehabilitation team within a multidisciplinary approach. For more information, please visit NORA’s website.
I’m so fortunate to have this group of colleagues to learn and share ideas with within the vision rehabilitation world.
This year’s conference, in Cary, NC, was once again amazing and I’m heading home with a million strategies to implement to help our patients achieve a better and faster recovery. Here are some highlights:
Dr. Nathan Kegel: Concussion Management-ImPACT and Neuro-Rehabilitation
Dr. DeAnn Fitzgerald: ImPACT Testing and Optometric Management of Concussion
Dr. Stuller: Psycho-Neuro Immunology. Clinical application of an emerging field in medicine.
Cavin Balaster, TBI Survivor: Lights, Coma, Action! Adventures in Brain Injury (see photo below)
Dr. Lewerenz: Management of Hemianopsia with Prism and Visual Rehabilitation
Dr. Barry Kavanaugh: Understanding, Identifying and Remediating Visual Multitasking Dysfunction.
Our very own Dr. Pam Wendlandt: Poster session (see photo below)
I have now completed by fellowship in NORA, which means I will have more letters after my name (I know, it’s getting obnoxious!) and have completed a program of skill mastery to better help those with visual difficulties related to concussion and acquired brain injury. Please watch for news of my article to be published in a rehabilitation journal.
I feel so grateful to have this group. There is hope for those impacted by acquired brain injury! If you have questions about Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jill K. Schultz, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNORA