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Collaboration Between Occupational Therapists and Optometrists - featured January 26, 2011

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Collaboration Between Occupational Therapists and Optometrists

By: Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, OD and Beth Fishman, OTR/L

Abstract: Many occupational therapists have close professional ties to optometrists because of their common philosophy and exposure to similar patient population. The greatest advantage of collaboration between the occupational therapist and optometrist is the opportunity to provide the most appropriate and efficient treatment for patients with special needs who also have vision dysfunction. A collaborative model for visual screening, evaluation, and management between the occupational therapist and the optometrist is presented in this article.

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This Month's Featured Author: Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

As a pioneer in vision therapy, Dr. Hellerstein’s expertise and leadership in developmental optometry has inspired thousands of people to improve their vision and enhance their lives. She has extensively utilized vision therapy with children and adults with learning related vision problems, vision perception deficits and/or brain injuries, as well as enhancing visual performance for athletes.

Lynn Hellerstein graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1977. She serves as an adjunct professor at Illinois College of Optometry, University of Houston College of Optometry, and Southern College of Optometry.

Dr. Hellerstein is known for her electrifying presentations and workshops for parents, educators, therapists, athletes, optometrists, and physicians. She is now utilizing her 30 plus years of vision work to consult with businesses and organizations on how to improve workplace performance through integration of their internal and external vision.

In the nineties, she was appointed to assist in writing guidelines for The Colorado School Vision Screening Interdisciplinary Task Force and Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force of Division of Workers’ Compensation. She has published extensively on numerous vision related topics, including a five year optometry/ophthalmology research study utilizing visual electro-diagnostic techniques in patients with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Hellerstein has also been involved in a school vision development research program in Aurora, CO.

She has been a vision consultant for facilities including Health One Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center and Illiff Lifecare Center.

Dr. Hellerstein is a co-owner and developmental optometrist at Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., a full-scope optometric practice, located in the DenverMetro area of Colorado. Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C. is dedicated to providing the highest quality vision care to patients of all ages. With a highly trained staff and state of the art equipment, her practice strives to go beyond “20/20.”

Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C. is concerned with prevention, treatment, remediation and enhancement of the visual system for children and adults to achieve optimal function.

A Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Hellerstein is also past president of COVD.

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