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Stefan Collier:
 
Myopia Control - Myopia Training
 
For every visual problem, in this case Myopia, one can distinguish a classical and a functional approach.

Of course when we speak in terms of behavioral optometry, then we must attack the visual problem in a functional way. Therefore it is interesting to define the two different points of view just like Skeffington has done.

We are going to typify the different groups of myopes, which are suitable or not suitable for Vision Training.

I will employ common and not-so-common Case Studies to explore the causes of myopia and delineate the Treatment and Training of the myopic visual problem using an array of lenses, Vision Training exercises and light frequencies.
 
The presentation will cover aspects of basic observation, specific testing procedures and evaluations of patients with an assortment of different myopic conditions.
 
These case examples, demonstrations and VT-protocols will be used to make this a clinically driven lecture.
 


 
Dr. John Abbondanza:
 
Myopia Control - A Behavioural Perspective
 
Myopia has long been an important part of optometric practice.  Parental concern is increasing as the rates of myopia among children continue to increase worldwide.  This course endeavors to explain myopia from a behavioral perspective and offers guidelines and suggestions for clinical care, from prescribing to vision therapy.  Several cases of myopia control will be discussed.
 
Effective Strabismus Therapy
 
Constant unilateral strabismus is commonly encountered in optometric practice.  The usual treatment includes patching and surgery.  However, though it may be challenging, it is possible to achieve a functional cure, including the development of Random Dot stereopsis, through vision therapy.  Critical factors in achieving success in strabismus therapy will be reviewed, including understanding the development of strabismus and its adaptations, principles for prescribing lenses, and key considerations in vision therapy.
 


 
Dr. Nancy Torgerson:
 
Offering an Ambient Perspective to Those that are Focally Driven - In a World of Myopia
 
Did you know approximately 30% of Canadians are myopic, 17.5% of school aged children in Canada have myopia and a recent study predicts that by 2050, 50% of the world population will be myopic?   
 
Come to a fun, dynamic workshop geared toward growth minded vision therapist/doctor/patient care TEAM members. 
 
Learn through hands-on discovery and interaction to help open the periphery through VT so that children and adults have the opportunity to avoid myopia and/or myopia’s seemingly inevitable progression. We will explore through foundational tools of VT: awareness, movement, spatial localization, central/peripheral integration, and the visual basics tools of following, focusing and fusing along with visualization.
 
Our goal is to bring a growth mindset, filled with hope and understanding to the world of those with myopia.
 


 
Drs. Vishaka Thakrar & Angela Peddle
 
How Collaboration between Vision Therapy and Specialty Contact Lens Fitting can Enhance Patient Care
 
Collaboration between the different optometric specialties is very important to enhance patient care.  This presentation will involve discussion around a case series of patients who required specialty contact lens fittings and vision therapy to optimize their vision and performance.  These specialties working synergistically allowed equal emphasis on the treatment of the cornea and refractive surfaces, as well as visual perception and binocular vision, ultimately producing the most optimal results.
 


 
Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis:
 
The Power of your Story
 
The talk will address:
 
  • How to effectively communicate your personal brand utilizing successful power brands as examples
  • A process that translates to a feeling of success for both the individuals and for the practice, leading to greater confidence and productivity
  • A step-by-step process to deepen awareness and understanding on how to utilize your story and values to connect in any relationship in a personal or in an optometric environment
 


 
 Dr. Paul Levine:
 
Current Options for Myopia Control

This course will present the current optical options for myopia control.  Orthokeratology, soft bifocal contact lenses, spectacle correction and lifestyle adaptations will be discussed in detail.  In addition protocols for the practice of myopia control will be discussed including typical office flow and exam criteria.  Materials for assessing risk for progression and for children not yet myopic will also be presented.
 


 
 
 
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