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Prism, Prism, Prism!

Course Title: Prism, Prism, Prism!

Part I: Prism Prism Prism Part 1 Handout Simonson

This course is an introduction to the use of prism in order to improve sensory perception and oculomotor control. This course will discuss monocular, bi-ocular, binocular and yoked prism use in vision therapy.

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Part II: Prism Prism Prism Part 2 Handout Simonson

This workshop will provide hands-on experience and demonstration of vision therapy procedures. Participants will complete training using prism bars, prism flippers, loose prism, Risley Prism, prism glasses, and yoked prism. Techniques will include monocular, bi-ocular, binocular and yoked prism activities.

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For password protected information, please visit: Prism Course Notes

2016 COVD Annual Meeting

Dr. Simonson will be presenting at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. “The Top 5 Tools of Today: Classic vs. Cutting Edge” sponsored by Good-Lite.

Friday, April 11 3:30-4:30 PM

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BACKGROUND: Millard E. Van Orden developed a stereoscopically drawn visual pattern to gain insight on the patient’s binocular visual behavior pattern. This drawing records the projection in space of corresponding visual areas. When used for training, the patient receives feedback on the reorganization of visual space and stability of eye posture and binocular vision.

PROCEDURES: Van Orden drawings were completed with the Translucent Correct-eye-scope set at 0-0 and the Stereoscope for iPad set at 0 (optical far-point). The optics of the prismatic lens allow for a distance accommodative and vergence demand, but a physical distance of 20 centimeters. Targets included binocular vision space testing, far point – peripheral control, base-in projection stereo training, and base-out projection stereo training. Instructions were the same for both the traditional and digital drawings and followed the Van Orden Technique of Visual Rehabilitation Instruction Manual (Keystone View Company,

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1. Ability to complete testing and training in more postures with the same device (standing or sitting, primary gaze or up/down gaze)

2. Ability to add images to electronic health records for performance documentation.

3. Ability to test visual performance when viewing a digital device (clinically noted to cause more visual complaints).

Link to more information: Van Orden Tracing on the Stereoscope for iPad and OPTO App

Thank you for submitting your abstract, ” Van Orden Training Utilizing the Stereoscope for iPad”, to the 2015 COVD annual meeting. The review process has concluded, and we are pleased to inform you that your abstract was accepted, to be presented as a poster. It is scheduled to be displayed on Thursday, April 16 and Friday April, 17 2015 on poster board #29.

Clinical Pearls for Treating Vertical Deviations

Clinical Pearls for Treating Vertical Deviations

COVD 2014

Course Outline: /user-files/Clinical_pearls_for_treating_vertical_deviations_outline_COVD_2014.pdf

Additional Vision Therapy Activity Instructions: /user-files/Vertical_Strabismus_Pearls.pdf

Eye Stretch Exercises

1. Eye Stretches
2. Closed Eye Rotations
3. Thumb Rotations
4. Rotations Tactile & Visual
5. Rotations Kinsethetic & Visual

Link to Course Videos

2014 College of Optometrists in Vision Development: October 21-25 in San Diego.

COVD 2014 program


College of Optometrists in Vision Development

COVD 39th Annual Meeting
October 13-17, 2009
Denver Marriott Tech Center
Denver, Colorado

Our staff will be completing a 2 year certification process at this year’s annual meeting. Two thousand hours of experience are required before seeking certification. Our therapists have written and submitted papers on such topics as strabismus, amblyopia, focusing disorders, tracking skills, eye teaming ability, and therapeutic techniques. All papers were accepted earlier in 2009. All therapists have also completed a proctored written examination on their vision therapy knowledge. On October 13th, Amy, Barbara, Gail and Krystal will take their oral exams. Keep them in your thoughts! We have been completing 2 hours of additional training every Monday since November 2008 in preparation for this milestone.

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Congratulations to Amy, Barbara, Gail and Krystal on achieving their Certified Optometric Vision Therapist Designations!


Vision Therapists at Boulder Valley Vision Therapy Center Become certified optometric Vision therapists

For Immediate Release Aurora, OH — The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) has announced that Krystal Hanegan, Gail Henry, Barbara Nelson and Amy Zeiger of Boulder, Colorado, have each been designated as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT) at the association’s Annual Meeting held October 13-17, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. These therapists were four of 16 therapists nationally, awarded COVT status by the COVD Board of Directors in 2009. They work in the office of Jennifer Simonson, O.D., F.C.O.V.D. and Dr. Roger Dowis O.D., F.C.O.V.D.

To become a COVT, a therapist must be employed by an optometrist who is a Fellow of the College, complete a guided study education program, and pass a written and an oral examination process administered by the COVD International Examination and Certification Board. The certification process provides an opportunity for optometric vision therapists to expand and document their knowledge and skills in vision therapy and enhances their ability to assist the optometrist in providing patient services in this area. Achieving certification status provides recognition of the therapist’s capabilities in this increasingly important area of optometric care.

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development is a professional membership association of optometrists, optometric vision therapists, optometric resident, students and other eye care professionals. In addition to conducting a certification program, COVD also provides members and the public with access to information, research, education materials and programs in the areas of developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy, vision rehabilitation and related fields.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE – COVD Executive Director at or 330.995.0718