|Kassaundra Johnston, O.D.
University of Houston
College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
Telephone: (713) 743-2005
Fax: (713) 743-2053
The residency program in Vision Rehabilitation / Brain Injury Rehabilitation seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in all aspects of brain injury rehabilitation including: the vision care of patients with neuro-degenerative disease, patients recovering from traumatic or other acquired brain injury, and patients with other special needs; the evaluation, management, and co-management of binocular vision anomalies; the evaluation and management of multiply-challenged patients of all ages; and the evaluation and management of patients in need of low vision rehabilitation. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in brain injury vision rehabilitation.
The program is designed to aid the resident in acquiring the advanced clinical skills and knowledge required for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of vision deficits in patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). The resident will provide comprehensive clinical care of patients with neuro-degenerative disease, patients recovering from traumatic or other acquired brain injury, and patients with other special needs. The resident will be an integral part of the interdisciplinary management of these patients and will interact with physicians, therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Additionally, advanced clinical training in the management of binocular vision anomalies in patients of all ages, care of multi-challenged children and adults, and low vision rehabilitation is provided. The residency achieves this goal by combining patient care with a series of didactic lectures and research. The resident will interact with an outstanding clinical and graduate faculty. In addition, the resident will participate in the emergency call service.
Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100
Direct supervised patient care experiences in the Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation and Pediatric and Binocular Vision Services, along with in-patient hospital care at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) as well as other rehabilitation settings. Patient care opportunities in Family Practice, Contact Lens, and Medical Services are also available. Participation in graduate courses which are related to the field of interest. Attendance and participation in faculty and resident seminars and clinical grand rounds. Interaction with pediatric/adult strabismus ophthalmologists who serve as clinic faculty at the University Eye Institute.
Laboratory teaching in such areas as primary care procedures, medical procedures, and pediatrics. Supervise third year professional students in the Family Practice Services as skills develop.
The resident, under the guidance of his/her advisor, will select a research project; clinical investigation, laboratory investigation, or extensive library research. A written report suitable for publication in an optometric journal is required.
The typical week for the resident is 43 hours of attendance including patient care, seminars, and teaching assignments;with up to 47 hours including On-call responsibilities. On-call responsibilities are shared by the residents at the College (typically 7 residents). One week of after-hours on-call is assigned approximately every 7 weeks.