WHEN: Thursday, February 7 – Saturday, February 9, 2019

WHERE: Zermatt Utah Resort & Spa
784 Resort Dr. Midway, UT 84049
(near to Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain)

Join leading authorities in sports vision assessment and training along with other professionals. The ISVA conference provides up to 12 hours of continuing education (COPE approval pending) and includes both lecture style and workshop presentations, including opportunities for attendees to try various sports vision testing techniques and equipment under the guidance of experienced colleagues.

Scheduled Speakers And Meeting Agenda

Thursday, February 7

High Performance Vision Technology: “Where We Were, Where We Are and Where We Are Going!”
Donald Teig, OD, FAAO
Dr. Donald Teig, a pioneer in the field of Visual-Neurocognitive Training, traces the history of this specialty from its rudimentary beginning to exciting new advances now being driven by such cutting edge science as three dimensional realism, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Learn how this work will benefit athletes, military, law enforcement and others as we seek ways to make faster and more accurate decisions in our lives.

Performance Vision Analysis 2019
Amanda Nanasy, OD
This course will cover various testing methods for the visual, cognitive and visual-motor skills required for sports. Discussion will be for those areas where we can quantitatively or qualitatively create improvements. Methods will include both state of the art and high-tech testing methods as well as more cost effective options for those just beginning to specialize. We will also consider testing that is best on a one-on-one basis vs those that have been efficiently used for team screenings.

How to Attract and Retain Patients/Clients in the Sports Optometry Segment
Fanny Rivera Pinzon OD, MBA
The disciplines of management and marketing impact transversally the exercise of any profession. In the area of optometry, they have a vital impact in the sense that the development of care models are mostly commercial establishments, from which we can intuit that the general optometrists of the world are entrepreneurs, autonomous and independent. There is a great opportunity in the Sports Vision segment for practitioners to develop skills that will allow them to compete effectively. Dr. Rivera Pinzón will discuss how to attract and retain patients/clients in the Sports Vision segment, covering areas such as developing a business plan, marketing, and sales.

A novel test of visual function and its relationship to batting in baseball
Daniel Laby MD, FAAO
The eternal holy grail in sports vision has been connecting visual function to on-field sports performance. Recent publications have begun to establish this relationship, specifically through tests of hand/eye coordination and reaction time in baseball. As of now, no similar correlation has been shown in terms of basic visual functions such as visual acuity and contrast sensitivity.

In this presentation, we will review a new test of vision that we have been using to evaluate athletes for the past several years, in several sports, as well as it’s statistical relationship to on-field batting ability. At the conclusion of the presentation, the audience will have a new understanding of how vision can (and perhaps should) be tested in sports vision as well as how this test is helpful to athletes and teams in optimizing batting ability.

Friday, February 8

Sports Vision Training: A Research Perspective
Greg Applebaum PhD
Athletes need excellent vision to perform well in their sports, and many athletes have turned to vision training programs as a way to augment their traditional training regimen. The growing practice of ‘sports vision training’ relies on the notion that practice with demanding visual perceptual, cognitive, or oculomotor tasks can improve the ability to process and respond to what is seen, thereby improving sport performance. This talk will review the research behind these emerging approaches, and the technologies and trends that have recently arisen in this emerging field.

The Clinical Utility of Using Involuntary Eye Movements to Assess Concussion
Nicholas Port, PhD
Decisions are made daily about benching concussed athletes. The low-level damage underlying mTBI has been difficult to measure, especially during competition when assessments are made quickly utilizing subjective symptoms. The ideal instrument would be a) sensitive to low-level diffuse damage, b) easily/rapidly administered on the sidelines, c) unaffected by human bias or sandbagged baselines. Athletes with mTBI show significant deficits in saccades, pursuit, and balance. Machine learning yields a specificity and sensitivity of concussion diagnosis of greater than 85% with our current data set, indicating our 5 minute approach maybe a promising tool for the diagnosis and management of mTBI.

Recovering from my concussion: How optometry is an integral part of the recovery care team
Amanda Nanasy, OD
“After working with athletes recovering from concussions, I thought I understood what they were going through,” says Dr. Amanda Nanasy, who suffered a concussion two days after Optometry’s Meeting last year. In this course, she recounts her own experiences working with an interdisciplinary team for testing and therapy. During this presentation, attendees will learn how to evaluate and understand various testing methods of concussion vision syndrome, understand how physical therapy, medicine and neuro are integrated with optometry for comprehensive care, learn where physical therapy and optometry overlap in care, and gain knowledge of how primary care optometry can assist in recovery from symptoms.

Perceptual Training – Seeing More Information Per Unit Time
Carl Hillier, OD, FCOVD
Sports Vision Training develops neuro-visual ability, skill and endurance. It also develops accurate spatial and temporal perception in the field of competition. Precise and efficient visually guided responses to on-going events are therefore more accurate. Predicting events is an important part of this process; this requires perceiving just noticeable differences (JND), and being present in a more expansive non-verbal Working Memory Mindset. Perceiving smaller periods of time, while seeing more subtle differences in space can make you quicker and more accurate. Training methods will be reviewed that can develop these abilities in the athletes you work with.

Saturday, February 9


Concussion Testing and Therapy
Amanda Nanasy, OD, Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD, DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD
The goal of this workshop is to discuss and demonstrate both diagnostic and treatment approaches for athletes who have had a concussive injury which affects the vision and related systems.

Getting Started in Sports Vision – Hands-On Workshop
Fred Edmunds, OD; Steve Hitzeman OD
This hands-on workshop will allow doctors an opportunity to try various sports vision testing techniques and equipment under the guidance of experienced colleagues. Participants will be given an opportunity to perform as well as administer several sports vision testing techniques.

Sports Vision Skills Enhancement
Carl Hillier, OD, FCOVD, Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD
Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to engage in sports vision training exercises aimed at facilitating optimal levels of visual performance. With the advancement in technology for training procedures, we are poised to be the leaders in the field of performance enhancement. Specific activities will be discussed along with demonstrations.

Sports Vision Grand Rounds/Panel
ISVA Board and Conference Speakers
This lecture will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Charles Shidlofsky and will include speakers from the annual meeting. Panelists will discuss sports vision cases presented by attendees and will address a variety of questions from their expert perspectives.