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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:

VISION TESTING:

  1. Wach’s Analysis of Cognitive Structures testing kit:
    https://www.bernell.com/product/WACSKIT/Perceptual_Skills
  2. Gesell Copy Forms:
    https://gesellinstitute.org/products/copy-form-cards
  3. Copy Form Test:
    https://www.bernell.com/product/BC11985/Games
  4. NSUCO Oculomotor Test Summary:
    http://drboulet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NSUCO-Oculomotor-Test-via-PUCO.pdfGrab-a-Bubble (pack of 12)
  5. Standing Angels Testing:
    Standing Angels

VISION THERAPY RESOURCES:

  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: https://emergentvt.com/collections/a-le-carte
  5. Red/Green Toybox http://www.redgreentoybox.com/
  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.

Prism, Prism, Prism!

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.

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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.

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For password protected information, please visit: Prism Course Notes

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)

 

Van Orden Star

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

The Vision Therapists

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To maintain certification as a vision therapist, each staff person must work with a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and receive continuing education credits yearly.

Continuing Education is an important part of being a vision therapist. Our therapists attend the Colorado Vision Training Conference, The Colorado Vision Summit, and the Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

We also have staffing meetings every Monday for two hours to provide additional training, to discuss patient progress and plan treatment.

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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Building Blocks: Vision Therapy for Young Children

Registration:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149068874015

Summary:

Learn about age-appropriate vision therapy procedures for preschool-aged patients from 3-6 years old. Discover procedures to build tracking, focusing, and binocular skills. Train on visually-guided gross motor coordination, fine motor skills, and visual information processing appropriate to the patient's age and development. This course will cover optometric vision therapy for amblyopia and strabismus to decrease suppression and improve eye alignment and sensory fusion. Learn how to modify therapy techniques for young children and how to successfully sequence vision training.