The COVD International Examination and Certification Board process includes a rigorous evaluation of the eye care professional’s knowledge and abilities in providing developmental and behavioral vision care for patients. This process includes a minimum of three years of direct patient management, one hundred hours of post-doctoral education, three peer-reviewed case reports, six papers written on examination, diagnosis, and treatment of functional vision disorders, a proctored written examination and an oral examination in front of the international examination board. Optometrists who successfully complete their certification process are Board Certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy and are designated Fellows of COVD (FCOVD).
Dr. Jen Simonson was elected to the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) in 2014 and is up for re-election in 2017.
COVD 2015 Poster: Van Orden Training Utilizing the Stereoscope for iPad
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, www.keystoneview.com/download_manuals/6104_van_orden.pdf)
Dr. Simonson presented a poster at the 2015 COVD Annual meeting.
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.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to speak during the general education program of the 2014 College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting. Part of the reason I wanted to do this is because presenting to a group lets me research and organize my thoughts on a particular topic. In this case, it was treating vertical strabismus with vision therapy. I hope this information is helpful to you in clinical practice! – Dr. Simonson
Link to more information from the course “Clinical Pearls for Treating Vertical Deviations“
Jennifer S. Simonson, OD, FCOVD
The Ohio State University College of Optometry, Columbus, OH
Doctor of Optometry, Magna cum Laude, 6/03.
Disease Extern Site: Chickasaw Indian Health Clinic, Ardmore, OK
Primary Care Extern Sites: Gordon Binder Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA
Family Eye Care, Philip Smith, OD, San Diego, CA
Vision Development Center, Claude Valenti, OD, FCOVD, La Jolla, CA
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa cum Laude, 12/98
With honors in the Liberal Arts and distinction in Biology
Andean Study Programs, Quito, Ecuador
Simonson Resume 2020