Top Five Vision Therapy Tools
Understand how to utilize traditional therapy procedures and when to move forward with modern alternatives. 1 hour – English – ODs, VTs, Optometry students
Course Handout Top Five Vision Therapy Tools iHeartVT 2020
Products from this course:
- Virtual Reality
- MFBF Game
- Facility Rock
Virtual Reality Platforms
Vivid Vision: https://www.seevividly.com/
Optics Trainer VR: https://www.opticstrainer.com/
Monocular Fixation in a Binocular Field (MFBF)
MFBF Game: https://www.bernell.com/product/MFBFMG/398
Sherman Cards: https://www.bernell.com/product/KEY4102/Games
Carl’s Cards: https://www.bernell.com/product/RGCC/398
Franzblau Cards: https://www.bernell.com/product/FZKIT/398
*Lens flipper set: Optego (Canada)
Home Therapy Flipper Set (each flipper sold individually)
Flipper A +0.75/-1.50 -2.50/+1.25
Flipper B +1.75/-3.50 -4.00/+2.00
Flipper C +2.25/-4.50 -5.00/+2.50
Headline Stereoscope Cards:
Vectograms and Vectographs (Polarized glasses):
Vectographs produced by Vision Assessment Corporation (note – these manuals are great and indicate the stereopsis demand of each 3-D target)
Anaglyphs (Colored Glasses)
Red/Green Emergent VT Anaglyphs:
Red/Cyan Opto iPad app: http://gerull-labs.com/red-cyan
Red/Blue Home Therapy System (HTS): https://visiontherapysolutions.net/hts-inet/
Red/Blue Vision Builder: http://www.visionbuilder.no/
Facility Rock Test Set: https://www.good-lite.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=940&category=0&Secondary=0
Flipper Sets from Good-Lite: https://www.good-lite.com/flippers.pdf
Prism Flippers: https://www.bernell.com/category/Prism_Flippers
**If you have similar products in other countries and you would like me to add links, just send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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.
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/
Course Notes: SECO 2020 Board Review Simonson
Course Links and Resources:
1) Clinical Practice Guidelines from the American Optometric Association:
*Several other topics are available on the AOA website.
2) Binocular Vision Topics
3) Entopic Phenomenon:
4) Color Vision Testing:
https://ekjo.org/ViewImage.php?Type=F&aid=532955&id=F2&afn=65_KJO_29_6_359&fn=kjo-29-359-g002_0065KJO (Korean Journal of Ophthalmology)
Building Blocks for Vision Development
Join us Sunday February 24, 2019 at Western University College of Optometry
At this year’s practicum, Dr. Simonson will share some of her most coveted pearls and strategies for young patients with special needs/developmentally delayed and physical handicaps. She will review normal versus delayed visual development from general motor concepts to development of visual perception and motor output for reproduction. You will gain insight into a systematic approach to vision therapy procedures for these young cases.
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:
- 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:
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.
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.
Many patients with post-concussion vision disorder experience:
- light sensitivity
- headaches from reading
- double vision
- blurry vision
- Difficulty tracking
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.
- Learn about normal vision development in Preschoolers (ages 3-6)
- Identify delayed visual skills development
- Become familiar with the Wachs Analysis of Cognitive Structures (WACS) assessment
- Work-shop on Age-appropriate Vision Therapy Procedures
- Visually-guided Motor
- Learn how to adapt common vision therapy activities to the appropriate level for this age group
Lecture Notes for the course:
Slides for the course:
Motor Testing For other age groups (thank you Dr. DeAnn Fitzgerald):
BESS: Balance Error Scoring System BESS Manual
Gait Analysis: Evaluation of Stride/Walking and Running
Sources for Activities and Equipment:
- From Lori at Denver Vision Therapy
- Caren’s laser. We have purchased plexi-glass, foam parquetry pieces, and a feely box from her. She is very easy to work with and is happy to make any accommodations necessary. carenslaser.com
- Red/Green Toybox
- Discount School Supplies
- Build sensory fusion using the mirror superimposition technique.
- Simultaneous Perception
- Anti-suppression (peripheral to central, vertical to horizontal)
- Flat Fusion
- Build motor alignment control of eye position using the mirror superimposition technique
- Target placement
- Voluntary alignment
- Advanced techniques using mirror superimposition: mazes
- Mirror septum techniques
- Symmetry Drawing
- Cheiroscopic Tracing
Course Notes: Mirror Superimposition final CVS 2017
Course Lecture Slides: Mirror Superimposition CVS 2017 Slide Show pdf