Please join Dr. Lotfi Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH, Massachusetts Eye and Ear for a presentation entitled “Novel Assessment Approaches for Pediatric Ocular vs Cerebral Causes of Visual Impairment.” The lecture will take place on January 16, 2018 as part of the Research Lecture Series in Lecture Hall 2. All are welcome to attend. One hour of Mass CE will be awarded. Please join us for a light reception in Conference Room 1 following the lecture.
Abstract: We are developing novel approaches using virtual reality (VR) to assess visual functioning in pediatric populations with visual impairment. These VR based approaches are designed to characterize and assess impairments in visual functioning in more real-world settings. Preliminary results suggest that individuals with congenital causes of cerebral visual impairment show increased susceptibility to visual clutter and complexity than individuals with ocular based visual impairment and age matched normally sighted controls. Functional brain imaging also suggest differences in the neural correlates associated with performing these visual tasks across all the groups.