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2018 Annual Meeting
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Tuesday, April 10 - Saturday, April 14

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Bellevue, WA


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Pre-Meeting Courses

Exhibit Hall Open 

Wednesday Evening

Enjoy the Opening Mixer in the Exhibit Hall, followed by the 2018 VDR Symposium with Dr. Len Press and Dean Riddle, Sports Scientist for the Seattle Seahawks.


Education in the General Session room featuring Drs. Curt Baxstrom, Arnold Sherman, Robert Fox and Derek Tong.

Thursday also features concurrent education focused on Practice Management and Vision Therapist Education. Lunch and social events in the Exhibit Hall.


Education in the General Session room featuring Drs. Patrick Quaid, Larry Komer and Brenda Montecalvo.

Friday also features concurrent education focused on Practice Management, Vision Therapist Education and Poster Presentations.

An additional included lunch is added to Friday this year! Join us in the Exhibit Hall!

Friday night features the Installation and Induction Banquet. The exhibit hall does close on Friday prior to the Banquet and will not reopen Saturday.


You won't want to miss Saturday's events!

Research Presentations, the popular rapid-fire format lecture series "My Approach To...", and additional Practice Management education featuring Toni Bristol lead up to the Awards Luncheon, concluding the 2018 Annual Meeting.

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Pre-Meeting Courses
Tuesday and Wednesday April 10th and 11th* 
*unless otherwise noted

Allen Cohen, OD, FCOVD and
Neera Kapoor, OD, MS, FCOVD-A, FAAO

Optometric Management of Patients with Acquired Brain Injury and Brain Filtering Problems 

This course will introduce and provide an overview of the following aspects of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): pathomechanics, associated neurology, epidemiology, visual and behavioral consequences, the medical care system, and pertinent evidence-based medical literature. The presenters will also provide attendees with high-yield methodology and considerations for optimal optometric diagnosis, therapy, and co-management for the ocular and neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy (NORT) for patients with ABI.

Curtis Baxstrom, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FNORA 
and Jason Clopton, OD, FCOVD

The Balancing Act:
Bridging Developmental Principles and
Neurology of the Visual System for Better Patient Outcomes

This course will be an introductory overview of where VT began and where we are going.  We will first review the history of vision therapy and how it is moving toward a neurologically based program.  This is because of the increased interest in the area of visual neurorehabilitation of acquired brain injuries and the use of 97000 billing codes which have been approved for Optometry.  The first part of the course will be reviewing functional vs. pathological disorders and how to order appropriate imaging for patients with amblyopia, ocular motor and binocular conditions.  These cases will then be followed regarding treatment and follow up.  This will be done in the context of how we can improve vision therapy with the addition of vestibular, motor and cervical components.  These additions are developmentally and neurologically based and make our therapy even more efficacious.  We will review cases and provide a number of vision therapy activities that will be presented in a manner that so you can take them and modify the demand up and down in regards to your patients abilities.  By learning the therapeutic value of the procedures and how to apply them, you will grow from a cook to a chef of vision therapy.  The level of the course is designed for experienced therapists and upward. 

Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD
*Wednesday Only

How to Incorporate Vision Therapy into a General Practice and PLAN for Success

This course is designed to bring a private practice to you. Visiting a successful practice is very important.  However, time often does not allow for this to happen.    Time is money!  There is more than one way to be successful.  This course will assist in providing insight and provide you with ways to measure, maintain, and increase your revenues.   This course will assist you in learning on how to make your current practice more successful and how to incorporate vision therapy to increase your revenue.


David Cook, OD, FCOVD

Evaluation and Treatment of Strabismus and Amblyopia

Course will prepare attendees to diagnose and treat amblyopia and strabismus.  

Tom Headline, COVT 
and Jessica Stevenson, COVT

Vision Therapy 101

This course is designed for the entry-level vision therapist to acquaint them with an understanding of the visual process and the tools implemented by vision therapist under the direction of their optometrist to address a variety of visual issues. In addition, participants will learn specific vision therapy procedures to train individual visual skills as well as how to modify these procedures to the appropriate demand level for their given patient. Participants should arrive with a basic understanding of optometric terminology as related to refractive errors and anatomical structures of the eyes.

Lynn Hellerstein, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, 
and Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD

Vision & Learning 
with a Perceptual Emphasis

Does your patient struggle in school or with academics? In this course you will learn how to visually evaluate, provide vision therapy, communicate, and co-manage children and adults with learning-related vision problems. More emphasis on VIP and perceptual activities.

The integrated role of the components of the visual process, including visual efficiency skills:  binocular, accommodative and oculomotor skills, visually guided fine motor skills, and visual processing skills, will be demonstrated through case presentations. Vision therapy, to enhance deficient visual efficiency, processing and movement skills which are related to academic success, while developing the ability to create powerful visualization and mindset is emphasized.

Learn how to communicate to patient and/or parent, co-manage, and integrate with other professionals. Have fun while learning through experiential activities, video presentations and case presentations.  Gain insights and leave the workshop with powerful skills that you can immediately incorporate into your practice.  Be prepared to transform the lives of your patients!

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General Education

Coming Soon!

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Students & Residents

Apply for a $500 Travel Grant!

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