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45th COVD Conference Videos

The 2015 COVD conference in Las Vegas was captured on DigiVision.

You can order now on this webpage or contact us by phone. If you have a conference flyer, you can fill it out and fax or email it in.

Please enjoy this free lecture from the 2014 General Education Session:
Optometric Management of Dizziness and Dysequilibrium by Curtis R. Baxstrom, OD, FCOVD

We captured the following sessions as they were listed in the preliminary program (click to order):

  1. Visual Information Acquisition by Dr. Robert Sanet - $149
  2. Practice Management Workshop by Dr. Mark Wright - $149
  3. Vision Therapist Education Session - $99
  4. The Visionary Team Approach by Dr. Nancy Torgerson - $149
  5. General Education Lectures - $199

Save when you order all five items. Only $499.

Order all five items for only $449


Visual Information Acquisition by Dr. Robert Sanet

This will replace the older item found here.

Course Description:
Dr. Sanet is foremost a clinician and this course will be clinically based. The course will cover efficient evaluation procedures to diagnose specific problems in visual information acquisition, educate the patient and/or parent how these relate to symptoms and performance, and demonstrate efficacious therapy techniques and how they may be best sequenced to benefit the patient.

The course will also provide tips on time saving report writing and good communication with parents, educators and other professionals. The course examines VT orientation, how to get patients engaged in the therapy process, how to increase patient compliance, completion of visits prescribed and ways to determine the overall success of a VT program. Learning is optimized through an interactive approach and having fun with hands-on demonstrations of effective therapy procedures which also give feedback to patients and parents.

If you have not previously taken an Applied Concepts course, we suggest that you start your sequence with Visual Information Acquisition.

Course Objectives:
Evaluation of patients with learning related vision problems. Optometric Vision Therapy procedures for patients with learning related vision problems. Organizing time and staff to provide these specialized services.

Practice Management Workshop by Dr. Mark Wright

This will replace the older item found here.

1 hour: Start with the End in Mind
Course Objectives: 1) Create a Vertical Exit Strategy, 2) Create a Horizontal Exit Strategy, and 3) How to Transition your Practice.

Course Description: Every successful investor has written exit strategies in place before moving into any investment. Your practice is an investment. This course will help you create the two written exit strategies you must have.

1 hour: Managing Your General Practice by the Numbers
Course Objectives: 1) Understanding Essential Financial Documents, 2) Creating a System to Manage the Financial Numbers, and 3) Creating a System to Manage the Non-Financial Numbers.

Course Description: Practice management rule #1 is measure to manage. You will learn how to easily gather key practice benchmarks, how to calculate important practice ratios and how to manage your practice based on the science of business.

1 hour: Managing your VT Practice by the Numbers
Course Objectives: 1) Creating Practice Profit Centers, 2) Creating a System to Manage the Financial Numbers, and 3) Creating a System to Manage the Non-Financial Numbers.

Course Description: Whether VT is incorporated into the total practice or you’ve carved VT out into a separate company, this course brings the science of business to the vision therapy side of your practice.

1 hour: Mastering ICD-10 in One Hour
Course Objectives: 1) Understanding how to Implement ICD-10, 2) Coding the 3 hardest parts of ICD-10, and 3) Coding Subsequent Visits.

Course Description: ICD-10 is a required part of coding. This course teaches you with practical examples how to code the 3 hardest conditions of ICD-10 so that you can code every case you face properly.

1 hour: What you need to do Now to Participate in the ACA
Course Objectives: 1) Understanding Payment by Diagnosis, 2) Understanding how to Participate in Narrowed Networks, and 3) How to Participate in ACOs.

Course Description: Narrowed networks, ACOs, payment by diagnosis, coordinated care, the Exchange (also called the Marketplace) ... this course gives you the changes you need to make in your practice now so that two things can occur: (1) you can participate and (2) you can thrive not just survive.

1 hour: How to Avoid the 10 Most Common Practice Management Mistakes
Course Objectives: 1) Implementing the 3 Most Important Questions in your Practice, 2) Implementing Systems to Identify and Fix Problems, and 3) Application: Avoiding the 10 Common Mistakes.

Vision Therapist Education Session

This will replace the older item found here.

Course Description:
Our model of vision is treating the ”whole” patient, not just an eye turn. We will discuss how strabismus affects the patient’s spatial relationships and how they relate to their world. Therapy is more than building fusional ranges with your patient. It is about maintaining central and peripheral (magno-parvo) integration which helps them break through suppression and amblyopia. The use of therapeutic lenses and prisms in the therapy room are like training wheels on a bike. Lenses are an important element in the therapy curriculum and helps create a new pathway to teach the brain a different method of focus. The therapist will receive new procedures to use with patients that are “doing strabismus”.

Course Objectives:
1) The intermediate level therapist will gain confidence in their ability to deliver vision therapy for the esotropic or exotropic patient with and without amblyopia; 2) The therapist will expand understanding of strabismus and its origin in the brain; 3) They will learn creativity in adapting the activities to different age levels and abilities; 4) The therapist will acquire new procedures to add to their VT tool box.

The Visionary Team Approach by Dr. Nancy Torgerson

This will combined with last year's item found here.

Course Description:
What is your office culture like? How does your office motivate patients? Do you know your co-worker’s language of appreciation? How do you find the team and keep them energized? What expectations do you have with your team that leaves you frustrated? How do you do annual performance reviews? What passions, other than vision, do your team members have? What makes your practice unique?

In this workshop we will discuss these questions and many more. Your team will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions together to analyze the essential areas of culture, mindset, expectations, communication, and organization. This workshop will equip you with insight, strategies and tools that you can bring back to your office and practically apply to help foster the development and growth of your visionary team.

This interactive, two day, 4 ½ hour workshop will challenge you to not only think in new ways so that your employees and co-workers become team members, but also to interact together through a new approach, a Visionary Team Approach. Your entire team is strongly urged to attend together as the value of this workshop comes from whole office engagement.

What if you could invigorate and strengthen the passion and purpose of your team, resulting in even better care for your patients? Come explore, develop and enhance the skills and passions that your team already possesses and open the floodgates of potential that your practice has to help more people in your community.

Course Objectives:
1) Help participants get started in transforming their office into a cohesive visionary team; 2) Explore, develop and enhance the skills and passion that their team already possesses; 3) Discover strategies, concepts and insights for building a visionary team equipped to help end the senseless struggle of vision problems; 4) Breakout sessions to provide the opportunity for immediate application of the concepts learned.

General Education Lectures

  1. COVD/OEPF/NORA Joint Symposium
  2. Dr. Leonard Press – Announce Vision Development & Rehabilitation (VDR)
  3. Toni Bristol & Ruth Villeneuve, BA, Ed – COVD PR Update
  4. Dr. David Damari – “Crossed Wires: The Important Intersection Between Vision Therapy and Neurological Disease”
  5. Dr. Rachel “Stacey” Coulter – “Vision in Autism: Research and Clinical Practice”
  6. Dr. Robert Fox “Seeing the Light – Syntonics in the Treatment of Acquired Brain Injury”
  7. Dr. Arnie Sherman – “Sports Vision and Major League Baseball”
  8. Jonathan Holmes, MD – “Clinical Trials in Amblyopia”
  9. Dr. Dan Fortenbacher - “Advanced Amblyopia Treatment for Faster and Better Outcomes in Primary Care Optometry”
  10. Dr. Michael Earley – “Current Research on Vision and Learning”
  11. Oral Research Presenters
  12. Grand Rounds – Quick Hits & Case Reports
  13. Dr. Bradley Habermehl – “The Treatment of Strabismus”


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