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New online course-Recognizing the Signs of mTBI During Routine Eye Examinations - Press Release

September 16, 2011

New online course-Recognizing the Signs of mTBI During Routine Eye Examinations

     Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the “signature injury” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  According to Department of Defense data through 31 July 2011, all TBI severities total 220,430, of which 169,209 are classified as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI).   While devastating effects on the visual system can result from mTBI, it is frequently misdiagnosed.  A new free online continuing education course with COPE credit, Recognizing the Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury During Routine Eye Examinations, has recently been released by the Citizen Soldier Support Program.

     Dr. Robert Newcomb, past President of the National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists said, “Optometrists do not need special equipment to detect vision problems caused by mTBI. They just need to consider previous closed-head trauma as a possible etiology when managing these patients.”  Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, Dean and Professor at the University of Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry endorsed the course by saying the following regarding our military personnel, “They are always prepared to protect us. We should always be prepared to take care of them. This course is our strategic planning to do just that.”

     Recognizing the Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury During Routine Eye Examinations represents the collaboration of several noteworthy clinicians.  CAPT Clifford D. Brown, OD, MPH, FAAO  has a distinguished career in uniform, including two decades in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).  Additionally, he served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War and the US Army during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Gary L. Mancil, OD, FAAO has twenty-two years of Veterans Administration (VA) service and is Chief, Optometry Service, Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina. Peter W. Bickel, OD, MS, FAAO is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and served as Military Consultant and Editor. 

     Recognizing the Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury During Routine Eye Examinations may be accessed at http://www.aheconnect.com/citizensoldier/

For information contact Jessica Meed meed@email.unc.edu