It can be
overwhelming to start a program in a foreign country or pioneer something
from the ground up. This presentation will provide an overview of where a novel
low vision program in Tanzania has come over ten years, how it all started and
also provide stepwise processes in its growth. Use of limited resources and
capacity building with local and international collaborators will be reviewed
as well. A review of albinism and the causes of vision impairment with low
vision prescribing options will also be provided and can be applied to existing
classroom and activities of daily life settings.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify background information necessary to start a low vision program in a foreign country.
- Recall key clinical characteristics of patients with albinism.
- Recall common and current low vision management strategies for albinism.
- Describe barriers in the ongoing development and growth of a vision program.
- Describe steps to grow the capacity of the program.
- Identify how opportunities to share/promote program information can occur.
This session was presented by Rebecca Kammer, OD, PhD, FAAO on October 14, 2021.