2024 Annual Conference Agenda

2024 ISVA Pre-Conference Workshops

(Some agenda items/speakers still being finalized)

Thursday, February 1st

Breakfast available7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Attendees may register for either Track 1 or Track 2

Track 1

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

Establishing a Sports Vision Specialty - Part 1

Evaluation of Athletes, Practice Management and Marketing

Melissa Bussey, OD
Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD
Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, CINPP

(3 CE Hours Pending)

This course will introduce emerging sports vision providers to visual performance evaluation and performance vision training protocols, techniques, equipment and materials necessary to establish and enhance a sports vision practice. We will also discuss marketing, outreach and practice management.

8:00 AM - 11:45 AM
(with short break)


11:50 PM - 1:00 PM

Establishing a Sports Vision Specialty- Part 2

(with short break)

Melissa Bussey, OD
Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD
Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, CINPP

(3 CE Hours Pending)

1:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Track 2

In order to ensure that each attendee has an opportunity to get the most out of this Workshop program, registration will be limited to the first 40 registrants.

Advanced Sports Vision Workshops

The advanced workshop will be rotating hands-on courses covering more advanced topics in sports vision training and evaluation. Each attendee will cycle through these courses throughout the day. (6 hours total CE Pending)

8:00 AM – 11:45 AM One of the below classes
11:50 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 4:45 PM One of the below classes

Concussion Evaluation and Management

Paul Brewer, OD
Jeremy Schmoe, DC

(3 hours CE Pending)

Evaluation and Management of concussion symptoms - This course will cover advanced techniques in evaluation and management of concussion symptoms.

Applied Neurosciences in Sport: The "Brain Vision Training" Model

Mariano O Canegallo OD
Francisco Pérez OD
Jarrod E Davies, OD, FCOVD

(3 Hours CE Pending)

This workshop will cover applying vision training to motor learning and posture, as well as cognitive loading. A model of designing training protocols will be discussed including example training plans.

Welcome Reception – Exhibit Hall5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Friday, February 2nd

 Breakfast6:45 AM – 7:45 AM


Alireza Somji, OD, President, International Sports Vision Association

7:45 AM – 8:00 AM

How to take the principles of Binocular Vision you learned in school and apply them to the athlete in your chair.

Jeremy Shumaker, OD

(1 Hour CE Pending)

Optimizing the visual system with training goes by different names: vision therapy, active rehab, vision rehabilitation, sports vision enhancement training. But really, the only difference is the context in which the patient presents to your office. Each patient has a unique life story, visual makeup, injuries and disease history, symptoms, occupation, hobbies, and goals. This lecture will walk you through an individualized, comprehensive vision assessment and outline important vision training tools that all ODs have at their disposal to improve the visual efficiency of their patients and thus improve their performance in their sport.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

The Neuroscience of Motor Learning: Using Vision and Cognitive Training to Change Motor Function

Mariano O Canegallo OD
Francisco Pérez OD
Jarrod E Davies, OD, FCOVD

(1 CE Pending)

This course will present an overview of motor function and how visual and cognitive training can affect the vestibular system, posture, balance and movement. We will cover basic assessment of these functions using the brain vision training model, a model for understanding and treating visual motor sensory integration.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Break – Exhibit Hall

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Scope of Sports Vision Research

Liam Lochhead, MSc

(1 CE Pending)

Vision is central to success in nearly all sports and there is an emerging body of research that has sought to investigate the links between visual abilities and athletic performance. This field of sports vision has grown rapidly and now intersects multiple disciplines including optometry, ophthalmology, psychology, neuroscience, sports science, and sports medicine. In this talk I will describe findings from a scoping review we performed that sought to clarify the topics of study, methodologies used, populations under investigation, researchers, and disciplines driving this emerging field. This scoping review of the sports vision literature offers insight into the current state of the field and provides recommendations for future improvement that will be covered in my talk.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch - Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Addressing the Cracks In Your Practice

Cory Pinegar

This course is not for COPE credit. Sponsored by Teem, LLC

Cory discusses how finding and addressing the "leaky pipes" in Optometry practices and in your business is the key to growth - especially in this market.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Emerging Sports Offer New Sports Vision Opportunities

This course is not for COPE Credit

Adam J. Clarin, OD

The big Four sports (Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey) have dominated the American landscape for years, but new contenders are rising. Today, there are a group of emerging sports that are gathering popularity around the world that offer opportunities for sports vision professionals to work with athletes they may not have thought about.  In this presentation, we will provide information about some sports that you might not have thought about that can help you grow your sports vision practice.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The visual aspects, reaction and decision-making processes of motorcycle racing

Ken Hill

(1 Hour CE pending)

What vision skills do the best motorcycle racers in the world use at 200mph? How do the best in the world maintain focus while lapping within .01% of a laptime, lap after lap?

Join world class motorcycle coach Ken Hill as he explains the processes and techniques involved in training riders to thrive at the highest levels. Ken’s journey into vision performance included learning from Special Forces trainers, Top Gun instructors, and World Champion Grand Prix winners. Ken will talk about visual reference points, eye timing, and how an athlete’s techniques are directly tied to vision.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Enhancing Athletic Performance with Nutritional Supplements

Geoffrey Ryan Powell, OD 

(.5 CE pending)

The impact of carotenoid and omega-3 nutrition on athletic performance will be highlighted.  Key mechanisms of increased performance include enhanced visual processing speed, visual performance in glare, cognitive performance (e.g. attention and memory), and the reduction of severity / improved recovery from concussion / TBI.  Data from Division 1 and professional athletes will be presented.  Lastly, the utility of skin carotenoid assessment in the clinic will be covered.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

How Vision Training Can Improve Pickleball Performance

Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD

(1 Hour CE pending)

Pickleball is rapidly growing in popularity. In this presentation Dr. Davies will discuss key visual performance indicators working with pickleball athletes.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 3rd


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Vision & Performance Optimization for the Combat Athlete

Taylor Hutchins, OD

(1 Hour CE Pending)

Dr. Hutchins will share experiences in providing Sports Vision Services to Air Force Combat Rescue Operators. Review ways to create buy-in and show value. How to get compensated for your time and services. How to be a Team Player. General review of the eye brain body connection as a guide to human performance optimization utilizing Neuro-Visual Evaluation, Training and Rehabilitation.

8:00 AM –  9:00 AM

Evidence Based Assessment and Training of Elite Footballers (Soccer Players)

Michel Guillon, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, CPI

(1 Hour CE Pending)

Visual demands in football are both high and complex due to the need to alternate rapidly throughout the match between central and peripheral vision acquisition to develop optimal on field playing strategy.  Optima Sport Vision (OSV) football program is pyramidal, levels one and two relate to detailed optometric examination and management of any refractive or binocular vision anomaly.  The current presentation covers only level three, describing in detail OSV football specific vision assessment and training program. The program underlying principles are: evidence based management “ we measure, we analyze and we train”, ecological training including vision assessment and training during basic football actions and training matches and individualized training program. The following topics will be covered:

  1. Vision demand in football;
  2. Specialist instrumentation (Sport Vision Trainer, FitLights, Pupil Labs eye trackers, etc.) description and application;
  3. Initial assessment protocol;
  4. Examples of personalized training programs.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Exhibit Hall

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Collaboration between mental performance and sports vision training: Implications for the future

Nicole Detling, PhD, CMPC

(1 Hour CE Pending)

With the ultimate mission of enhancing athletic performance, the fields of mental performance coaching and sports vision training have yet to find a collaborative path. Most athletes and coaches emphasize training speed and strength, thereby neglecting the mental and visual components of performance. Yet world class performers agree these two elements are critical components of their success. In fact, many use terminology such as, “my ability to focus when it matters most”; thus, indicating both mental and visual elements as keys to success. In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of what mental performance coaching is as well as ideas for future collaboration between mental performance and sports vision professionals.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch - Exhibit Hall

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Ice Ice Baby – Visual Performance in Hockey

Meilssa Bussey, OD
Tony Jovcevski
Phil Osaer – Head of Goaltending Scouting and Development for the Detroit Red Wings
John Lethemon – Goaltender for Toledo Walleye

(1 Hour CE pending)

The great Canadian sport! Hockey is the beloved game due to its fast pace and endless action. As such, it requires complex visual demands from its athletes. During this lecture, TJ Jovcevski will educate attendees about the sport and his experiences as a coach with vision trained athletes. Dr. Bussey will discuss some of the most important visual skills in hockey and describe how vision training techniques can enhance these areas. Phil Osaer, head of goaltending scouting and development for the Detroit Red Wings, will not only convey his thoughts and experiences on how sports vision training can improve player performance, but also provide direction to those interested in approaching professional teams to offer their services. John Lethemon, voted ECHL’s top goaltender in 2022-2023 with the Toledo Walleye, will also describe his success with sports vision training and how he utilized it diligently during injury to keep focused and prepared for return to the game.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Practice Management Modalities for Sports Vision -- a Roundtable Discussion

Adam Clarin, OD
Frederick R. Edmunds, OD, FAAO
Others TBA

(1 CE Hour Pending)

Join an engaging panel discussion contrasting the many ways to approach the business of sports vision. You will hear from experts who have worked with professional, national and Olympic teams, started stand-alone sports vision training, added sports vision to a VT clinic, and incorporated sports vision training into a primary care optometry setting.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Meeting Adjourned

3:30PM – 3:40 PM