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COVD Annual Meeting Provides CE Opportunities for All Optometrists(August 30, 2012)
AURORA, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 42nd Annual Meeting for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development will feature thirty (30) hours of clinical education including Oral Research Presentations and Poster Presentations. A wide range of speakers will present throughout this 3 day meeting, with topics ranging from Neuroplasticity, Ocular Motor Measurements to Masquerade Syndrome: Binocular Vision vs. Pathology.
Masquerade Syndrome is being presented by J. James Thimons, OD, FAAO, and Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD. The line between binocular dysfunction and organic disease is sometimes a very fine one! This course investigates, through a series of challenging cases, the relationship between these two important specialties and how they frequently co-exist in the same patient!
"About 90% of the people who have binocular vision disorders go undiagnosed. This is a real public health crisis. And it is up to optometry to educate the public so they get the proper care," explains Dr. Press, "Research has shown that binocular vision disorders can impact one's education, the ability to pay attention, as well as many other quality of life issues."
Even if you have no plans to add vision therapy to your practice, the COVD Annual Meeting is designed to keep you up to date on what you need to know to help those patients who have binocular vision disorders. "It's no different in glaucoma, or retina, or cornea, or anything else. You need to know the material." states Dr. Thimons. "From a diagnostic perspective, it's really critical that we all have a basic level of understanding of the visual system and the impact that an abnormal visual system has on patients' symptoms. Going to this meeting gives you that."
COVD is also providing a series of courses prior to the annual meeting which are designed for doctors who are just beginning to offer binocular vision and vision development services to patients. Courses include topics such as "Vision and Learning," "Vision Development," and "Visual Information Processing." Presenters include Drs. Nancy Torgerson, Robert Sanet, and Curtis Baxstrom.
In addition, Drs. W.C. Maples and Angela Peddle are presenting, a 2-day class designed for the primary eye care OD, "Basic Principles & Procedures of Vision Therapy: Integration of Doctor and Staff for VT Delivery." This will be a hands-on course that will cover the essential techniques needed for a doctor and his/her staff to introduce vision therapy into a primary care office.
On Wednesday, a one day lecture will be presented by Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD. Along with providing general optometry care at Arkansas Vision Development Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Dr. Vaughn specializes in children's vision and visual rehabilitation. Her practice currently provides over 100 hours of therapy each week and continues to grow in its service. She will be presenting how an optometry practice was developed in Fort Smith Arkansas that provides visual rehabilitation. From how it was started to where it is today. Procedures and protocols will be provided on how this practice provides visual therapy with success.
AOA members are invited to attend the entire meeting, or a specific program such as the Masquerade Syndrome. Daily registration is available which will also provide access to the exhibit hall where you will see the largest venue for businesses that provide services and products that support vision therapy practices. Please contact COVD office for details at email@example.com or 888-268-3770.
The annual meeting will begin Wednesday evening with a panel presentation, "The Millionaire OD Next Door - Financial Literacy Panel." Panelists will discuss the keys that make their practices financially successful. This is NOT about building a VT practice. It's about benchmarks, statistics, prudent use of debt, understanding equity, and patient retention. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge. This program is provided free by COVD and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.
COVD's 42ndAnnual Meeting has a perfect combination of new insights along with updates of basic knowledge in developmental vision care. For the full list of courses visit covd.org.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy and COVD, please visit www.covd.org or call 888.268.3770.
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COVD Executive Director
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