When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MST)
Where: Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C.7400 East Orchard RoadSuite 175-SGreenwood Village, CO 80111
Topic: Testing and Treatment of Vertical Deviations
Presentors: Dr. Jennifer Simonson of Boulder Valley Vision Therapy and Dr. Lynn Hellerstein of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C.
Course Description: Dr. Simonson and Dr. Hellerstein will share clinical pearls in treating vertical diplopia. This course will discuss eye alignment, prism prescribing, and recommended vision therapy techniques to decrease symptoms of double vision. The goal is of this course will be to utilize compensatory and therapeutic strategies to improve fusion skills for patients with vertical strabismus and diplopia. During this workshop, attendees will complete hands-on training on clinical testing for vertical misalignment. Stations will include Maddox rod, Modified Thorington, laser-assisted Hess Lancaster, and other clinical techniques to measure the amplitude of misalignment and fusional ability. This training will help vision therapists understand the direction and amplitude of strabismus. Attendees will also experience induced vertical misalignment and determine optimal prism perscription based on findings. In addition, vision training concepts and procedures will be performed to increase the accuracy, stability, and concomitancy of eye alignment. Learn new techniques and appropriate procedure modifications.
Course is APPROVED for 3 hours of Colorado State licensure CE credit through COA.
Handout: COVD Study Group 2020 Handout Vertical Deviations
Thank you for coming! Additional Resources here:
- Vectograph Information: https://www.visionassessment.com/polarized-variable-vectographs
- Variable Prism Maddox Rod: https://www.good-lite.com/cw3/Assets/documents/120004%20Instructions-web1.pdf
- Keystone Eccentric Circles: https://www.bernell.com/product/KEY411/Free_Space
- Fresnel Prism: https://www.fresnel-prism.com/
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
- Wach’s Analysis of Cognitive Structures testing kit:
- Gesell Copy Forms:
- Copy Form Test:
- NSUCO Oculomotor Test Summary:
- Standing Angels Testing:
VISION THERAPY RESOURCES:
- Brand of bubbles that you can catch and stack: “Grab-a-bubble”
- Attribute Blocks:
- attribute Blocks
- Parquetry Blocks: Parquetry Blocks
- Emergent red/green glasses and therapy activities: https://emergentvt.com/collections/a-le-carte
- Red/Green Toybox http://www.redgreentoybox.com/
- Craft Store items:
- Black felt (large)
- Red felt sheets
- Green felt sheets
- Pom poms (red/green/white) pom poms
- Pipe cleaners (red/green/white) Pipe Cleaners
- Wood clothes pins
Please contact Dr. Jen Simonson with any other suggestions and resources to add to this list.
Boulder Valley Vision Therapy
10 Year Anniversary Open House
Friday, Jun3 8 5:30-8:30 pm
Games + Food + Fun + Prizes
1790 30th Street, Suite #311
Boulder, CO 80301
Dr. 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.
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:
- accurate clarity of focus (vision is blurry or fluctuates)
- speed of switching focus from near to far (difficulty copying from the board or switching between speedometer and street signs when driving)
- the ability to sustain focus for long periods (testing and computer work)
- Focusing difficulties are common after head injuries such as concussion and as a side-effect to many medications.
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:
- double vision
- head turn or tilt
- crowding of print
Mi Vision Doble en Espanol: 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 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 en Espanol
Many patients with post-concussion vision disorder experience:
- light sensitivity
- headaches from reading
- double vision
- blurry vision
- Difficulty tracking
Book #4: My 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.
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.
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.
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.
For password protected information, please visit: Prism Course Notes
Dr. Simonson has already been implementing new tests, vision training procedures and concepts at the Boulder Valley Vision Therapy Center. These changes are the result of extensive training through the 2016 Sanet Seminar series. Dr. Simonson completed 100 hours of education through this program. Information included the clinical application of new advances in neurology of the visual system.
The 5-part Sanet Seminar included 100 hours of continuing education in Behavioral Vision Concepts, Evaluation and Training of Binocular Vision, Evaluation and Training of Visual Perception, Evaluation and Training of Strabismus and Amblyopia, and Evaluation and Training of Visual Problems Secondary to Acquired Brain Injury. This course is taught by Robert Sanet, OD, FCOVD, an international expert in the field of vision therapy and rehabilitation.
This series of coursework was attended by doctors of optometry (OD) and vision therapists from all over the United States and Canada. Congratulations to Dr. Simonson and her colleagues for a successful completion of the program.
See to Achieve: the role of vision in sensory and motor development
Hand-out for the Boulder Community Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic Talk: BCH Handout
Links for more resources:
Tracking Exercises: Eyes On Track
The Brock String: Brock String
Vision Training Apps:
- Visual Attention Therapy: Video
- Opto: Video
Book referenced during talk: Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists