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About the Tour de Optometry 

Each academic year, the COVD Board of Directors and some Past Presidents visit optometry schools across North America to share the message about practicing vision therapy.


The speakers' goals are:

to show students what vision therapy can do for their future practices,

to share the difference vision therapy can make in the lives of their future patients, and

to tell them how COVD can help them achieve both.

 

Every year, a Companion Book is selected to be given as a gift to each school's library. Help support COVD by purchasing your own copy on AmazonSmile!

2017-18 Tour  2016-17 Tour 2015-16 Tour 
 
Vision and Learning
by Heike Schuhmacher, MD
The Hidden Link between Vision and Learning
by Wendy Beth Rosen 
The Ghost in my Brain
by Clark Elliott, Ph.D 
 2014-15 Tour 2013-14 Tour 2012-13 Tour
Fixing My Gaze
Fixing my Gaze
by Susan Barry 
 Dear Jillian
 by Robin and Jillian Benoit
See It. Say It. Do It!
by Lynn Hellerstein, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

 

 

Students Responses from the Tour de Optometry

"Finding about the modes of practice and its privileges as a practitioner was great. I felt that I could do a lot more with my degree than just sitting behind a phoropter and referring people. I could actively take part in the healing process and actively help people overcome their obstacles and make a difference."

"I think inviting scholars to come lecture on different aspects of optometry is very beneficial and useful. It's much more exciting and educationally effective to hear these words from someone who is actively practicing in their field of specialty and it helps broaden my perspectives on optometry in a memorable way."

"I did find the lecture very helpful and interesting. Before the lecture, I did not even know that there was a mode of practice such as this. I am highly considering this mode of practice after graduation, and it would be nice to get more information. Please invite another speaker next year!"

 

Faculty Responses from the Tour de Optometry

"On behalf of the faculty and students at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, I wanted to thank you very much for coming to our school to speak to us. I have spoken to many of the students that attended, and everyone raved at how motivating you were regarding incorporating vision therapy into their practice. Since your talk, student membership has increased dramatically. With increased exposure, I am hoping that our students will become more actively involved in coordinating COVD events at the school, and attending the COVD Annual Meeting. Not only was your visit motivating to the students, but you have motivated me as well in applying for fellowship. This is something I have been meaning to do for quite some time, but as the saying goes, I 'never got around to it.' So, now I'm going to do it!"
   --  Dr. Lisa Christian, COVD Faculty Liaison, University of Waterloo College of Optometry Assistant Clinic Director

"Thank you so much for sharing your insights with the optometry students during their second and third year classes. A number of students have commented about how much they enjoyed your lecture. Your presentation was extremely informative and engaging. The testimonials were a great way to show the students the impact that therapy can have. Thank you again for your time and effort in preparing and delivering this excellent lecture. "
   --  Marjean Taylor Kulp, O.D., M.S., The Ohio State University College of Optometry

"I am writing to express my thanks for the learning opportunity for our students. In the morning, Dr. Allison gave a two hour lecture to our second year students in the Binocular Vision class. This is the class in which they learn fundamentals of vision therapy for binocular vision problems. I attended this lecture and can state that Dr. Allison gave a very nice lecture which was well received by the students. In the late afternoon, Dr. Allison met with a group of about ten students who were interested in vision therapy. Thank you again for the opportunities the Tour de Optometry provides for our students."
   --  David A. Goss, OD, PhD, Professor of Optometry, Indiana University