Children with severe vision loss are being taught to use computerized techniques and techniques that could help them see better, Texas childrens ophthalmologists say.
In recent years, the state has begun to develop programs that train ophthalmic and optometrist staff members and help children with vision loss improve their vision.
The program, called the Texas Vision Improvement Program, or TVI, includes a training program for doctors and a certification program that teaches them about the techniques used in vision care.
“These are tools that we’re developing to help our clinicians help our patients,” said Dr. Raul A. Castaneda, the director of pediatric ophthalmoscope at Children’s Hospital of Dallas.
The program is focused on ophthalms, but it also includes pediatric oculologists, optometrists and vision care specialists.
In addition, the Texas Children’s Optometry Institute is offering a vision care certification program.
The Texas Childrens Optometry Program was created in 2013 to train physicians, optometry specialists and vision specialists in visual rehabilitation.
The goal is to help patients who have severe vision lose their vision and improve their quality of life, according to Dr. A. G. Ciaramitar, a professor of ophthalmynology at Texas Tech University.
The Texas Children Vision Improvement Institute was founded in 2015 to train pediatric ophtists, optometric specialists and sight care specialists in ophthalmiography, the treatment of vision problems.
“This is the most successful program that we’ve ever seen,” said A. Ader, the institute’s director of education and leadership.
The vision improvement program is one of several programs under the Texas Health and Human Services Department’s Vision Improvement Programs.
The department says the programs will help more than 1 million Texans achieve vision recovery, including those with severe eye disease.
Dr. Ager said many Texans have received glasses or contact lenses that were damaged or misaligned during surgery or the course of their illness.
The department also created a program called Vision Assist that is designed to help adults with vision problems improve their condition, including vision correction, using computerized tools to help their vision improve.
Dr. Castanea said the department has already trained more than 700 optometrists and vision aides and hopes to train nearly 1,000 more by the end of the year.
The programs are designed to assist Texans with vision issues who are experiencing difficulties in their visual functioning.
Cierma and Castaneta both said their own experience in treating patients with vision challenges is one reason they’re willing to help.
“We don’t have the resources to educate and train our staff, so we’re not going to let that stop us from giving them the resources they need to live a healthy life,” Castanera said.