2023 Annual Conference Agenda

2023 ISVA Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, February 9th

Breakfast available7:00AM - 8:15AM
Welcome, Introductions8:15AM

Concussion: The Athletic Trainers point of view

Thomas Bourdon ATC/L, PES, CES

COPE Course ID: 82126-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

Athletic trainers are educated and trained to work with the multidisciplinary team throughout the entire continuum of concussion care. This presentation will discuss how concussions are identified on the front line by an athletic trainer and outline the objective testing that is used to help make the initial assessment of concussion. We will review return to play guidelines and how a multidisciplinary approach is the most effective way to return our athletes to play. This presentation will also highlight the role a sports vision specialist can play in the return to play protocol as well as the benefits of sport vision training even after the athlete has been cleared to return.

8:30AM - 9:30AM
Break9:30AM - 10:00AM

Optometric Management of Concussion in Athletes

Kristine Dalton, OD, MSc, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA

COPE Course ID: 82259-FV
Qualified Credit: 2.00 hours

The incidence of concussions due to sports and other causes are dramatically increasing. It is estimated that between 60-90% of patients with concussion or traumatic brain injury experience visual symptoms.  Furthermore, the presence of vision problems, such as accommodation, vergence, and oculomotor deficits, following injury have been found to be predictive of prolonged concussion recovery. However, oculovisual assessments are often not included as part of routine care for these individuals.

This talk will discuss the current optometric assessment and management of concussion-associated vision disorders, with a specific emphasis on concussion management in athletes. In addition to the management of concussion-associated vision disorders in athletes, the talk will explore some of the other unique challenges athletes with concussion face, both during their rehabilitation and when they return to sport.

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Lunch12:00PM - 1:15PM

The Role of the Neck in Visual Function and Concussion Rehab

This course is not for COPE credit. Sponsored by Complete Concussion Management

Cameron Marshall, DC, FRCCSS(C)

The neck provides our brain with a wealth of information regarding where we are in space and helps to coordinate posture, oculomotor function, and spatial awareness. In this presentation we will explore how neck dysfunction can affect visual function in sports performance and concussion rehabilitation.

1:15PM – 1:45PM
Attendees must pre-register for one of the 2 groups below. These are afternoon workshops. There will be short break during these workshops.

Establishing a Sports Vision Specialty

Paul Brewer, OD
Alireza Somji, OD

COPE Course ID: 82107-FV
Qualified Credit: 3.00 hours

This lecture/workshop will introduce providers to all aspects of starting a sports and performance vision training facility. Attendees will learn evaluation techniques, training protocols, equipment and technology, marketing, outreach, staffing and operations. Also covered will be advancements in contact lenses for sports and protective eyewear. This course is focused on giving practitioners the tools to integrate sports vision into their own practices or develop a separate training facilityspecializing in sports and performance vision.

In order to ensure that each attendeehas an opportunity to get the most out of this workshop, registration will be limited to the first 50 registrants.

Concussion Management: Injury to recovery to elite performance

Deann Fitzgerald, OD
Nicole Morris

COPE Course ID: 82379-FV
Qualified Credit: 3.00 hour(s)

If you are new to concussion management or needing to find new ways of providing recovery for this injury, this hands-on course will give you ideas for helping your athletes through their recovery process
and onto elite performance. In addition, we will discuss how to work with other professionals in this field. The "TEAM" approach provides a more robust program with greater success in getting that athlete back to Learn/Life and back to better performance after a concussion.

In order to ensure that each attendee has an opportunity to get the most out of this workshop, registration will be limited to the first 50 registrants.

2:00PM – 5:00PM
Exhibit Hall/Welcome Reception
5:00 PM - 7:00PM

General Conference

Friday, February 10th

 Breakfast7:00AM – 8:00AM

Which Comes First in Sports Vision Training: The Software or the Hardware Update? Utility of Electrophysiological Measures in Monitoring Specialized Visual Training in Youth Athletes

David Biberdorf, OD, FCOVD
Dmitri Poltavski, Ph.D

COPE Course ID: 82052-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

In this presentation we will discuss empirical evidence behind combining Sports-specific Vision training with established training techniques of Optometric Vision Therapy. We will use ice-hockey as the sport of choice, discuss associated popular sports vision drills and describe a recent study that we conducted that tested different combinations of Sports Vision training with targeted oculomotor training. We will highlight the best evidenced-based approach to training and will discuss the utility of using electrophysiological measures in combination with sensorimotor testing to monitor training progress. Finally we will identify existing gaps in the literature, outline further research directions in the area of SVT and consider various factors that may influence training progress.

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Field Conditions: Results from a Survey of Sports Vision Practitioners

Kendra Willhoite, ATC

COPE Course ID: 82054-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

The sports vision field is rapidly growing as evidenced by the dramatic increase in digital devices aimed at assessing and training perceptual and motor skills to improve athletic performance . This lecture reviews the results of a survey sent to sports vision practitioners with the intent of gaining a better understanding of the demographics of those administering sports vision care, the implementation of sports vision into practice as well as identifying the common tools currently employed for testing and training athletes and to examine which visual skills are targeted most often.

9:00AM - 10:00AM
Break/Exhibit Hall10:00AM - 11:30AM

The Healing Power of Nutrition for Sport Injuries

Rachel Higginson, BS, RD, CD, CSSD

COPE Course ID: 82204-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food,” (Hippocrates). This profound statement has been validated through countless scientific studies confirming food is the most powerful medicine. Discover some of the healing abilities nutrition can offer athletes through food and supplements for various injuries such as concussions, tendon/ligament damage, fractures, and eye trauma.

11:30AM - 12:30PM
Lunch/Exhibit Hall open12:30PM - 2:00PM

Contact Lens Considerations in Athletes

Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD
Alireza Somji, OD

COPE Course ID: 82265-CL
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

The foundation of visual performance starts with considering the most appropriate refractive error correction in an athlete. We will review with case examples the role of orthokeratology, hybrid, scleral and other contact lens modalities and the role they have in specific sports. We will also discuss the benefits of performance-tinted soft contact lenses.

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Debunking Ortho-K Myths

This course is not for COPE credit.  Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

Susan A. Resnick, O.D. FAAO (Dipl), FSLS

Orthokeratology offers many benefits for patients including sports performance. However, there are misconceptions that are holding doctors back from fitting these lenses. This presentation will explain who are excellent candidates for orthokeratology, debunk some common ortho-k myths , and will also discuss the benefits of overnight therapeutic lenses as an option for those active in athletics.

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Case Presentation: The Amblyopic Hockey Goaltender

Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD
Tom Hodges

COPE Course ID: 82425-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

Dr. Shidlofsky has known Thomas Hodges since Dr Shidlofsky’s son Ian and Thomas were a goalie tandem on the Texas Aces Hockey Club in 2010. As their families grew their friendship, it was discovered that Thomas’ father and Thomas both suffered from significant amblyopia. Over the years everyone stayed in touch through the good and the bad. Thomas had become what is known as the emergency backup goalie for the Allen Americans (ECHL hockey) and the Dallas Stars. This means he has to be prepared to the the “third” goalie in the event a team lost its two regular goalies.

Fast forward to the end of the last NHL season: Thomas was the emergency backup goalie for the Dallas Stars in their game against the Anaheim Ducks. Both of the Anaheim Ducks goalies went down with injury and in went Thomas in an NHL game. What most people didn’t know was that Thomas had a deep amblyopia and yet was able to overcome this with his athletic skill. After that incident, Thomas became motivated to do something about it…and now is doing vision therapy for his amblyopia—and will also do some sports vision training as his skills improve. The purpose of this lecture is to share this amazing story (through Thomas’ viewpoint) and to track the progression of Thomas through vision therapy with Dr. Shidlofsky and his staff. 

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Talk & Trial (Snacks/Refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Hall)

We are very fortunate that we now have access to some incredible technologies that allow us to evaluate and help an athlete enhance his/her visual skills and performance in their sport. Take advantage of this opportunity to spend dedicated time with our exhibitors, learning about and gaining first-hand experience with a vast array of products, programs, and services that can help you build and enhance your sports vision practice.

4:00PM - 6:00PM

Saturday, February 11th

Breakfast7:00AM - 8:00AM

The Effects of Presbyopia on Performance Vision and What You Need Your Athletes to Know

Amanda Nanasy, OD

COPE Course ID: 82093-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

The population of athletes over 40 years of age continues to grow!  From not only golf and pickle ball, but also shooting, racing and even pro football, the visual demands of our athletes may now be taxed by a weakened accommodative system.  We will discuss implications and solutions to their ever changing, yet highly productive visual process.

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Nutritional Synergy for Maximizing Performance and Protection: The Retina - Brain Connection

This course is not for COPE credit. Sponsored by MacuHealth.

James M. Stringham, Ph.D

Most nutrients are used throughout the body and generally do not accumulate in specific tissues. This is not true of the macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ), or the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. Major target tissues for these nutrients include the retina and brain, where they can accumulate in very high concentrations.

Obviously, these structures are necessary for vision and cognition, and the fact that the body concentrates these specific nutrients in the retina and brain suggests that L, Z, MZ, and DHA are crucially important to these abilities. Indeed, several studies have characterized beneficial visual and cognitive effects, both in terms of health and performance, for relatively high concentrations of these special nutrients.

The catch? The body does not synthesize its own L, Z, MZ, and DHA, they need to be consumed in the diet or obtained via supplementation. This presentation will characterize both unique and synergistic effects of these special nutrients, including benefits to health (antioxidant / anti-inflammatory), performance (contrast sensitivity, visual processing speed, vision in glare, eye-hand coordination / timing), and protection (against visible short-wave radiation, and traumatic brain injury).

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Quiet Eyes, Strong Minds

Brandon Sneed

COPE Course ID: 82055-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

Vision can demand up to 80 percent of the brain’s energy. In this talk, I’ll explore how the world’s greatest athletes train their vision in a way that gives them “quiet eyes” and how that translates to stronger minds and better performance. To do this, I’ll draw on my years of research and experience as an author and journalist who has written multiple books and hundreds of feature stories about some of the most recognizable athletes in the world. Along the way, I’ll also unpack the latest technology, research, and methodologies that are being applied by performance psychologists and the athletes they train to continue to enhance their vision, thereby calming their eyes and strengthening their minds.

9:30AM - 10:30AM
Exhibit Hall Open10:30AM - 11:30AM

Sports Eye Injuries and Protective Sports Eyewear

Jennifer Stewart, OD

COPE Course ID: 82053-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

A recent survey of eye care professionals was conducted to understand their experiences in treating sports-related eye injuries and to gauge their knowledge and attitudes about sports protective eyewear, along with factors that influence their decision to recommend sports protective eyewear to their patients.  Nearly 400 professionals responded.  Survey findings, along with “how to's” and best practices to help sports vision professionals introduce and prescribe sports eyewear in their practices will be highlighted.

11:30AM - 12:30PM
Lunch/Exhibit Hall Open12:30PM - 1:30PM

Neurocognitive Sports Visual Training Applied in Soccer of Children From 6 to 12 Years Old.

Suelen Abril, OD

COPE Course ID: 82369-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

Motricity is the domain that the human being is capable of exercising over his/her own body.It is something integral since all the systems of our body are involved. We must see beyond the simple execution of movements and gestures.

The first manifestation of motor skills is play and as it develops it becomes more complex with stimuli from theenvironment and lived experiences. In this way, we talk about the vision of training through the visual channel to educate, guide and develop skills that empower the future athlete. Age is not only important to measure the capacities but also the maturity towards which it develops in its environment.

1:30PM - 2:30PM

How Sports Vision contributed to the development of treatment protocols for Visual Snow Syndrome

Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD

COPE Course ID: 82370-FV
Qualified Credit: 1.00 hour

Visual Snow Syndrome is a neurological condition that impacts an individual’s vision, hearing, and quality of life. Patients see flashing lights, flickering dots, and static, which obstruct their visual field 24/7. There is no relief for them, even when their eyes are closed. It causes many other debilitating visual & non-visual symptoms. This can be devastating for athletes. Once thought to be rare, Visual Snow affects an estimated 2-3% of the world’s population. Currently, there are no standard successful treatments for those suffering with VSS. In this presentation, Dr. Shidlofsky will discuss research on Neuro-Vision rehabilitation as a potential treatment for VSS and present some case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness.

2:30PM - 3:30PM
Meeting Adjourned3:30PM - 3:45PM