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Job Informational Meeting/Initial Interviews

Monday, January 14, 2019 6:30 – 7:30 pm

  • Gain a better understanding about vision development and rehabilitation.
  • Learn about specific job requirements for the position of Vision Therapist

Interested in helping children and adults achieve their best through vision therapy? We are looking for a motivated individual that has a passion for helping others and has an attitude of learning. Training will be provided. The position is 3 afternoons per week and requires availability from 3:30-6:30 pm. Please send your resume and cover letter describing why you would be a perfect fit for our practice. Learn more about the services we offer at

2018 Eastern States Congress of Optometry

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Eastern States Congress of Optometry courses taught by Dr. Jen Simonson

2018 Eastern States Optometric Congress
Baby Steps to Vision
October 27-28, 2018
White Plains, New York

Additional resources:


  1. Wach’s Analysis of Cognitive Structures testing kit:
  2. Gesell Copy Forms:
  3. Copy Form Test:
  4. NSUCO Oculomotor Test Summary: (pack of 12)
  5. Standing Angels Testing:
    Standing Angels


  1. Brand of bubbles that you can catch and stack: “Grab-a-bubble”
  2. Attribute Blocks:
    1. attribute Blocks
    2. Junior-Learning-Attribute-Block-Activities
  3. Parquetry Blocks: Parquetry Blocks
  4. Emergent red/green glasses and therapy activities:
  5. Red/Green Toybox
  6. Craft Store items:
    1. Black felt (large)
    2. Red felt sheets
    3. Green felt sheets
    4. Pom poms (red/green/white) pom poms
    5. Pipe cleaners (red/green/white) Pipe Cleaners
    6. Wood clothes pins

Please contact Dr. Jen Simonson with any other suggestions and resources to add to this list.

Vision Therapy Picture Books – by Dr. Jen Simonson

420 BVVTDr. Jen Simonson is the author of a series of picture books to educate patients and parents of the symptoms of vision problems, specialized testing, and vision therapy treatment. These illustrated storybooks explain the common symptoms and signs of functional vision problems.




My Perfect Vision 2016

Book #1: My Perfect Vision describes focusing problems even when eyesight is normal. Learn about the differences between eyesight and vision and how this disorder impacts daily life and learning. Also learn about effective treatment through optometric vision therapy and appropriate reading glasses.

Many children and adults experience difficulty with:

  1. accurate clarity of focus (vision is blurry or fluctuates)
  2. speed of switching focus from near to far (difficulty copying from the board or switching between speedometer and street signs when driving)
  3. the ability to sustain focus for long periods (testing and computer work)
  4. Focusing difficulties are common after head injuries such as concussion and as a side-effect to many medications.


My Double Vision Cover jpeg

Book #2: My Double Vision tells the story of a patient who still experiences double vision even after a history of patching an eye. This picture book explains the signs and symptoms of esotropia (crossed-eye). It covers current testing methods and advanced vision therapy training used to correct this vision disorder. The goal of binocular (two-eyed training) is to achieve both clear, stable vision and 3-D depth perception.

Many patients with esotropia experience:

  1. double vision
  2. head turn or tilt
  3. crowding of print

    Mi Vision Doble
    en Espanol:Mi Vision Doble La visión doble (diplopía) es a menudo el resultadode la falta de alineación de los dos ojos.Normalmente los ojos apuntan al mismo lugar en elespacio. La dirección visual ligeramente diferente secombina en percepción de la profundidad. El objetivode la terapia visual es mejorar tanto la alineación delos ojos como la fusión sensorial en el cerebro.–Dr. Jen Simonson Mi Vision Doble (February 2018), the Spanish Translation of My Double Vision.




Book #3: My Jumbled VisionMy Jumbled Vision

If you fumble or take a tumble – your vision might jumble. Learn about the vision problems that often follow a concussion and how vision therapy can help recover clear and comfortable sports vision.

Mi Vision Confusa cover

Mi Vision Confusa en Espanol

Many patients with post-concussion vision disorder experience:

  1. light sensitivity
  2. headaches from reading
  3. double vision
  4. blurry vision
  5. Difficulty tracking





Book #4: My Mismatched VisionMy Mismatched Vision

When the image from one eye is blurry due to refractive amblyopia, the brain suppresses it – receiving and sending less signal to that eye. Our most progressive approach is to teach the brain to use both eyes together with vision therapy.

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My Perfect Vision is a story that explains what it is like to experience blurred vision and tired eyes – even when you have “perfect” 20/20 eyesight. Learn more about reading glasses and Vision Therapy through the colorful illustrations. This is a great book for children starting their Vision Therapy Journey. This illustrated storybook for children explains the common symptoms of focusing problems. Medically called Accommodation Dysfunctions, these disorders include difficulty with accurate clarity of focus, speed of switching focus from near to far, and the ability to sustain focus for long periods.
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  • Please let us know if you would like item(s) shipped to a different address or if you want an autographed copy.
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    If paying by credit card, please submit form electronically and call 303-443-2257 to make payment. If paying by check, please mail payment to: Boulder Valley Vision Therapy 1790 30th Street #311 Boulder, CO 80301.
  • $8.00 per book when ordering between 1-19 copies.
    Price: $8.00
  • Bulk orders of between 20-49 copies are discounted to $6.50 per book.
    Price: $6.50
  • Bulk orders of over 50 copies are discounted to $5.00 per book.
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Dr. Jen Simonson is the clinical director of Boulder Valley Vision Therapy center. She is also a mother of three boys who love bedtime stories. She was inspired to write after realizing there were many books about getting glasses, but not about her passion – correcting vision issues through optometric vision therapy.


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

Top5 Good Lite


See2Achieve: Virtual Reality, Vision and Learning at SxSW

See2Achieve: Virtual Reality, Vision and Learning

Why is vision important to learning?

Clear eyesight is just one part of VISION – we also need the visual skills of tracking, teaming and focusing so we know both WHAT and WHERE we see things in space.

This recording is of my son Cody’s eyes when he read a story as a second grader. Cody experienced double vision when he was reading, but had 20/20 eyesight.

He lost his place, re-read lines of print, skipped rows and made mistakes of similarly looking words.

What is it like to see with a vision problem?

Watch this video: 20/20 Isn’t Everything

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Can you make out 20/30? C Z D R V. Congratulations – you passed your school vision screening. Could you learn like this?

I am a parent classroom volunteer at my children’s elementary school. When I volunteered to help with the vision screening, I had a heartbreaking experience. I recommended that a student be referred for an eye examination – he had crossed-eyes (esotropia) and double vision. Before signing off on the recommendation, the district representative retested him and because he was able to read the 20/30 line on the eye chart 20 feet away when one eye was covered, she tore my vision examination recommendation in half.

After this experience, I truly believe that all children should have eye examinations – especially those with any signs, symptoms or behaviors that may indicate a vision problem. However, this isn’t happening. So, I thought – what can I do to improve vision testing with kids?


Infographic by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. For more information, visit

How does Virtual Reality help detect Vision Problems?

3D testing allows assessment of the quality and accuracy of vision. It requires accurate tracking, teaming and focusing. Assessing depth perception aids in the ability to determine if the brain is processing the information from both eyes.

Depth perception: the ability to identify both WHAT is it? and WHERE is it?


Simple tests can be randomized so that students do not memorize the answers while waiting in line at the vision screening.

photo 3We also use many visual perceptual skills (for example, discrimination) and eye-hand coordination for the responses. We can measure both accuracy and visual processing speed.

The VIVID Study (Validation of iPad Vision Diagnostics) is currently underway. My mission is to develop a practical, affordable and efficient way to use Virtual Reality to detect visual issues!

How does Virtual Reality help treat Vision Problems?

In the Boulder Valley Vision Therapy clinic, we use all types of 3D training, including virtual reality. Learn more about OPTO, for use in clinic. Opto_Video

What should I do if I am concerned there might be a vision problem?

Please seek out testing with a vision specialist who looks at visual function – not just the structure of the eyes.

To find a specialist in vision development and rehabilitation in your area, I recommend: The College of Optometrists in Vision Development: Locate a Doctor and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association: Find a Doctor.

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Virtual Reality – good or bad for kids?

Our reality is in 3D! That is why a normally developed visual system is designed to see spatially. We have highly visual brains – the neurology is amazing! Using Virtual Reality can actually increase understanding and learning.


Learning to see in 3D

Having difficulty with 3D movies or games can be a sign of a vision problem. Learn more from the American Optometric Association:

Are vision skills adequate or OPTIMAL?

Do you know that your eyes move THREE times before you move? We need to switch from saying “hand-eye coordination” to “eye-hand” coordination. We only know where to move our hand because our eyes first TRACK towards the object, then the TEAM so that both eyes accurately aim at the object, and then we FOCUS to see the object clearly – all before we reach.

To have good skills at sports, we need good information from our visual system. We need to process this visual information FAST! We call this reaction time. Adequate or average vision is not enough to perform at our highest potential. We need OPTIMAL vision for peak performance. Learn more about Sports Vision.


– Jen Simonson, OD, FCOVD

Wednesday, March 9 12:00PM – 12:30PM
Austin Convention Center Ballroom EFG

Healthy vision deeply influences a child’s achievement in reading, learning, success in sports and future career choices. Hear from both an educational technologist and a doctor of optometry and vision therapy as we show how virtual reality is fostering unanticipated benefits for vision health and learning; and how new mobile 3D technology is being used to screen for and improve early childhood vision with real results in the classroom. – See more at:

2016 CCIRA Conference Course #227

Course #227 “Classroom Accommodations for Students with Visual Issues”
2016 Colorado Council International Reading Association meeting in Denver, CO.
Thursday, Feb. 4th – 2:45-4:45

World of Wonder

Course Slides:CCIRA 2016 course 227

Course Notes: 227 Course Handout CCIRA 2016

Checklist: TeacherQuestionnaire

Thank you so much for your questions and participation in this course! I really enjoy helping teachers better understand the issues their students are facing and how to help them succeed in the classroom.

– Dr. Jen Simonson

Jen Simonson, OD, FCOVD

Dr. Jen Simonson at the Boulder Valley Vision Therapy Center

Additional Resources:

WATCH THIS VIDEO: Vision at School:

Reading Windows: Http: //

Graph Paper:

Vertical lines for math problems:

Vision in the Classroom:

Educator’s Guide:

Where to refer?

1. The College of Optometrists in Vision Development:

2. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association:

3. Optometrists Network


  1. Leong D, Master C, Messner L, Pang Y, Smith C, Starling A. The effect of saccadic training on early reading fluency. Clin Pediat 2014;pages 1-7 (May 1, 2014, doi:10.1177/0009922814532520
  2. COVD summary of research in vision and learning
  3. Association between reading speed, cycloplegic refractive error, and oculomotor function in reading disabled children versus controls.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

The Opto App by gLabs

Introducing: Opto

Now available on the App Store!

The G-Labs vision training app for iPad, otherwise known as Opto, is now available as a free download on the App Store! Two exercises are included at no charge for you to get started with Opto. Other exercises (ie. Nielsen Fixations, 3D Pets phantograms, and more) are available as in-app purchases. Please note the indicated required hardware for each exercise. While not all exercises require additional equipment, some require red/cyan glasses, and some require the G-Labs Stereoscope.