Chicago College of Optometry-Midwestern University
Optometrists, vision therapists, and exhibitors from across the country gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania November 4th and 5th, 2017 for the Middle Atlantic Congress of Optometry. The theme was “The Role of the Visual Process in Athletic Performance.”
Vision has been defined as the deriving of meaning and the directing of action as a product of the processing of information triggered by light. Without a doubt, athletes need to act quickly. They can improve in their sport when their visual performance is enhanced; optometry can play an integral role in the success of youth, amateur, and professional athletes. The importance of the visual process, proper evaluations, and oriented therapies carried through the meeting.
Dr. Mark Gordon started the weekend and discussed attributes and visual skills that make an athlete. Dr. Geoffrey Heddle gave insight in how to evaluate an entire sports team at their athletic facilities during a session titled, Sports Vision Testing Without Home Field Advantage. With audience participation, Drs. Gordon and Heddle demonstrated numerous evaluation methods and therapy activities. Dr. Greg Kitchener provoked thoughts as he presented on the Visual Process. Vision Therapy: What Is It Good For? was the topic of Dr. Steven Gallop’s talk. Dr. Paul Harris shared sports vision testing and treatments that occurred at the University of Memphis as well as several cases from football players to equestrians to biathletes.
The tone of the meeting was relaxed and friendly. All speakers welcomed questions and encouraged discussion. The conference also allowed time to peruse the exhibit hall and get to know fellow attendees.
Overall, the Middle Atlantic Congress of Optometry hosted hours of great education and socializing. I look forward to this year’s program and to meet both regular and new attendees! Will I see you there? This year's meeting is October 20-21, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Drs. Heidi Wise, Greg Kitchener, and Paul Harris will be speaking on topics related to "Finding Balance in Visually Asymmetric Demands: Neurological and Optical Constraints." Here is the link for more information: http://www.oepf.org/sites/default/files/OEP_MAOC_2018.pdf
I also highly suggest you watch the calendar on the Optometric Extension Program Foundation’s website (http://oepf.org/oepf_calendar) or events section on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OEPFoundation/) for dates and details of the many other Congresses of Optometry!