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

1:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Exhibit Hall Open
2:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. – Welcome – Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
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.

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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.

5:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. – Break in Exhibit Hall

5:30 – 6:30 P.M.
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.

6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
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.

7:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. – Exhibit Hall Reception

Friday, February 8

7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Breakfast Sponsored by Eyecarrot

Eyecarrot is devoted to enhancing and improving performance and quality of life in Athletes, Children, Rehab Patients, and more. During the morning seminar we will show you the Binovi(TM) Platform and the impact it will have on your practice and your clients. We will demonstrate everything from the Binovi PRO, Coach, Academy. Additionally we will showcase the innovative and newly designed Binovi Touch and demonstrate how it can help you and your patients improve hand-eye coordination, reaction time, peripheral awareness, and visual memory.

1:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Exhibit Hall Open

2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.
Photochromic Contact Lens and Visual Function Impact
Lunch sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

Athletics in general place demands on the visual system that often exceeds many activities of everyday life. For athletes, in particular, even small gains in visual function can translate to a large edge in overall performance. The new photochromic contact lens was designed to address many key elements that limit sports performance, particularly outdoors. In this talk, Dr. Billy Hammond, full Professor in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences program at the University of Georgia and the Principal Investigator of the Visual Sciences Laboratory, will discuss recent empirical studies showing the effects of the photochromic contact lens on glare disability, discomfort, and geometry, photostress recovery, and chromatic contrast. The collective result of this architecture of light effects is a competitive advantage.

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Sports Vision Training: A Research Perspective

Greg Appelbaum 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.

4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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.

5:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. – Break in Exhibit Hall

5:30 – 6:30 P.M.
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.

6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
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.

7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. – Exhibit Hall Reception

Saturday, February 9

7:00 A.M – 8: A.M.
From Stress to Best, a Neurological Approach
Breakfast sponsored by Braintap Technologies

Moving patient care from pain to brain is one of the positive trends in concussion care today. Dr. Porter is leading this change with over 1,800 clinics using this neurological approach to wellness. With 70% of the nervous system located in the brain, Dr. Porter will share a step-by-step and how to educate the connection of brain health with true wellness. You will be guided through the best practices of his offices, so you can utilize this revolutionary approach to total Chiropractic Patient Care.

1:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Exhibit Hall Open

2:00 P.M. – 2:50 P.M.

Success Tips for Integrating Sports Vision 
Lunch sponsored by Senaptec
Learn best practices for building a successful sensory performance practice. Jeff Klosterman, OD, will lead this session based on his experience working in sports vision and helping several ODs throughout the nation grow their own sports vision practice. He will provide an overview of success examples, interdisciplinary coordination, and networking strategies to gain access to sports programs that will ensure successful implementation of Sports Sensory Training to your business.

3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.


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.

6:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. – Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
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.