Optometry's Role in Mental Health
COPE #90329-PB
Event #127977
Culture Competency


This course will review the prevalence of mental health disorders. We will review epidemiology, in-office screening, and related diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). We will discuss common presenting symptoms in a primary care optometric setting and how to manage these patients in an interprofessional manner. This course will present various clinical cases and offer perspectives on how to provide equitable and inclusive patient care.
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1.       Identify common signs and symptoms, systemic and visual, with these various mental health conditions;

2.       Consider how to approach the topic of mental health disorders and appropriate interprofessional collaborations.

3.       Differentiate between anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s in a primary care practice;

4.       Understand some of the recent research regarding Alzheimer's and possible links to retinal findings.

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Fraser C. Horn, OD, FAAO

Dr. Horn is the Dean of the College of Optometry. He also provides lectures in the Sports and Recreational Vision, Ocular Disease I, Applied Ocular Therapeutics and Ocular Emergencies courses. He was elected as Chair of the AOA Sports Vision Section Council in June 2014.

Research Interest:
Sports Vision, Contact Lenses, Ocular Disease, Primary Care

Dr. Horn is definitely a local guy with optometric blood! He was raised in Forest Grove, Ore., and his brother (Russell) and sister-in-law (Jacqueline) are both optometrists. He enjoys spending time with his family, golf, soccer, cheering for the Timbers and travel.