What Are You Doing on the Evening of April 26?


Hopefully the answer to that question is that you have made your travel plans to arrive in time for the VDR Symposium, from 7:00 – 8:30 on Wednesday evening in Jacksonville, Florida, because this year it is going to be something special!

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If you’ll be at the meeting already for the Applied Concepts Courses, or simply to take in some extra time to smell the roses in Jax, make your dinner plans a little earlier and come to the VDR Symposium.  We’ll be doing a “Charlie Rose” type set of roundtable interviews centering on two publications that appeared in VDR during 2016, and for the first segment we’ll be talkin’ baseball in honor of the Silver Anniversary of Homer’s team winning the City Championship.

Now that clip was a bit silly, but if you have a serious interest in Sports Vision, and in particular about visual skills and baseball, you won’t want to miss the roundtable with two of the authors who put together this presentation on Sports Vision and Major League Baseball.  I’m excited to be joined on the dais by my friend and long-time SUNY colleague Dr. Robert Byne, together with this young man who is currently doing a Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy at PCO/Salus in Philadelphia.

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That’s right!  It’s Dr. Noah Tannen, and we’ll give you a little teaser about one of our talking points.  The majority of athletes tested demonstrated eso posture on the Brock String, whether standing or batting, both at distance and near. Is that so posture an anticipatory adaptation that helps in hitting a ball coming at them at 90+ miles per hour?

After Drs. Byne and Tannen hit home runs with their discussion, we’ll send them back to the clubhouse and bring up two other heavy hitters to discuss one of the most intriguing and informative articles about strabismus therapy that you’ll ever read, The Shape of the Sky: The Art of Using  Egocentric Stereopsis in the Treatment of Strabismus.  In creating his concept of the Circle of Attention for Binocular Vision, Dr. David Cook brings Vieth and Mueller to the 21st century, with special attention to binocular awareness and stereoscopic reality – virtual and otherwise.  He will be joined by Dr. Samantha Slotnick for a thoroughly witty and delightful presentation.  From having reviewed their concepts in depth, I guarantee that this will be an engaging 45 minute fly-on-the-wall experience involving the repartee of two brilliant optometric minds regarding strabismus therapy that you won’t want to miss.

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So there you have it.  Admittedly biased, I’ll tell you that the VDR Symposium on the evening of April 26, 2017 in Jacksonville will be worth the price of admission to the entire meeting.  Hope to see you there!

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