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Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development

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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.

A Comparison of Van Orden Star Drawings

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)

 

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Dr. Simonson presented a poster at the 2015 COVD Annual meeting.

INNOVATIVE CHARACTERISTICS:

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

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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

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

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Course handout

Link to more information from the course “Clinical Pearls for Treating Vertical Deviations

Dr. Jen Simonson’s Resume

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Jennifer S. Simonson, OD, FCOVD

EDUCATION

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

Developing Children's Vision and Enhancing Adult Performance

Vision Therapy is used to treat:

  • Eye Focusing
  • Eye Tracking
  • Eye-Hand Coordination
  • Sports Vision
  • Computer-Related Vision Problems
  • Crossed or Wandering Eyes
  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Depth Perception
  • Visual Sensory Integration
  • Vision Processing relating to Reading and Learning Problems

Do you experience tired eyes, difficulty focusing, blurred vision, double vision or eye strain?

Our vision therapy center is devoted to developing, improving, and enhancing visual skills including focusing, tracking, eye alignment and coordination.

Please register on-line through our secure system so that the doctor can review your information prior to your appointment. If you prefer, you can also print out online forms to bring with you – click here to print forms.

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Insurance & Financing

Will insurance cover this type of treatment?

Visual perceptual therapy for learning issues or educational problems is not covered under health plans. Some health insurance plans may cover a portion of the evaluation and treatment if there is a specific eye muscle problem. We do not bill insurance, but will assist you in the process of seeking reimbursement.

Vision Therapy Q&A With Our Doctors

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is an individualized treatment plan prescribed by a Doctor of Optometry. It is used to treat eye conditions, such as strabismus (eye turn) or amblyopia (“lazy eye”). Through Vision Therapy, a Doctor of Optometry also teaches, improves and/or reinforces important visual skills, such as eye tracking, eye focusing and eye teaming abilities. Without these visual skills, simple tasks like reading or copying notes from the board become difficult. Skipping words or lines while reading, using a finger while reading, blurry near vision, double vision, eyestrain and/or eye fatigue are also common symptoms.

How do I know Vision Therapy is right for my child?

If your child displays symptoms of strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (“lazy eye”), skipping words or lines while reading, using a finger while reading, blurry near vision, double vision, eyestrain and/or eye fatigue, it is suggested your child has a complete eye exam from a Doctor of Optometry. If symptoms persist or the Doctor of Optometry recommends Vision Therapy, then a Vision Therapy assessment is the next step. The doctor will perform a thorough one-on-one assessment and will determine which conditions are present, whether Vision Therapy is suitable, the type of eye exercises required and the number of sessions needed.

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Dr. Jennifer Simonson

What Our Patients Have to Say....

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Please call your primary care optometrist or 911 for eye emergencies. You may also contact our office at: 303-443-2257 for further instructions during business hours.

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Please contact us with any questions you might have at bouldervt@yahoo.com.

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Signs a Child May Need Vision Therapy

Did you know that a child can have 20/20 vision (“perfect vision”) and still experience visual issues? This is because some individuals can see 20/20 through each eye, but the eyes don’t necessarily work well together to create a clear picture. Vision therapy can help improve the muscular systems of the eye for better teaming, tracking and focusing. It can also improve the eye-brain connection so that the child can interpret visual information more effectively. These therapies allow for proper overall visual development and can improve classroom learning.

2021 AOA Optometry’s Meeting: TBI Visual Evaluation and Management

Audience: Doctor-Para Joint Course

Course Title: TBI: Visual Evaluation and Management

Course Length: 2 hours

Course Description:

This course is designed for the optometrist and paraoptometric to gain knowledge in current diagnostic testing and treatment of vision conditions related to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This course will emphasize post-concussion vision syndrome assessment and rehabilitation. Optometrists need to counsel patients on how to avoid further injury, be equipped with the tools to manage patients with TBI, and treat vision conditions that significantly impact the patient’s performance and recovery.

 Category Keywords: TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Post-Concussion Vision Syndrome, Vision Rehabilitation, Neuro-Optometry