Comparing Neuroplastic Changes in Ocular versus Cerebral Causes of Visual Impairment

This tutorial defines and describes neuroplasticity, and examines the differences in the brain's response to ocular and brain-based vision loss as illustrated by MRI and current research examples.

Dr. Lotfi B. Merabet uses functional magnetic resonance imaging and current research examples to illustrate what he terms the “take-home principles of neuroplasticity.”

Learning Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this tutorial, participants will be able to:

  • Define and explain neuroplasticity, as it applies to the human brain.
  • Identify localization of function in the brain.
  • Name the common characteristics of brain-based visual impairment.
  • Explain the potential impacts of current research into neuroplasticity and visual impairment.

Course Materials

How to earn credits

By registering for Professional Development Points, ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits, you will be provided with a self-paced tutorial using video clips and other resources related to this topic, as well as an online test to assess your knowledge.

This is a web-based, self-guided professional development activity for TVIs, VRTs, O&Ms, Parents, Teachers of the Deafblind or Severely Impaired, and Rehabilitation Specialists.

All sales on self-paced courses are final.

Meet the Presenters

Headshot of Dr. Merabet smiling wearing a suit and tie
Lotfi Merabet, O.D., Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology,Harvard Medical School; Associate Scientist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Lotfi Merabet is an optometrist and neuroscientist investigating how the brain adapts to the loss of sight. He completed his doctorate degree in neuroscience (University of Montréal) and clinical doctorate in optometry (New England College of Optometry). He then continued his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and completed his Master’s degree in Public Health (Harvard). In 2010, he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as a clinical-researcher. His work is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and he serves as member of the Board of Directors and Trustees for the Carroll Center for the Blind and the National Braille Press.
Multiple days
2 Continuing Education
2 Professional Development
$0 - Audit (No Registration)
$55 - Earn Credits