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Envision University sets the agenda for the Spring 2023 in-person conference

(PRESS RELEASE) WICHITA, KS – Envision Conference organizers through Envision University have set the agenda for Envision Conference West with exceptional sessions and opportunities for professionals in the field of vision rehabilitation. The conference will be held in partnership with the UT Health Department of Occupational Therapy from March 30 to April 1, 2023, at the Academic Learning and Teaching Center of UT Health in San Antonio, Texas. Envision Conference is the only multidisciplinary conference with the goal of filling practice gaps and disseminating the latest advances in rehabilitation techniques, research and technology.

Early registration ends on February 28. Both registrations and attendee registrations with discounted early registration rates can be made through the Envision Conference website here.

The two-day program of clinical education and research presentations will address topics covering a range of specialties, including optometry, occupational therapy, eye scientists, genetics, neurology and other areas. Highlights include:

  • Management of homonymous hemianopsia after ABI: two case presentations, with Sandra Fox, OD; Sara Barnard, TVI, COMS, CLVT; and Tracy Floyd, OT, of the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at Audie Murphy VA in San Antonio
  • Role of the head-mounted augmented reality device in improving the visual function of visually impaired peopleSarika Gopalakrishnan, PhD, FAAO, of the Envision Research Institute
  • A detailed introduction to hybrid telehealth serviceswith Erika Andersen Ko, CLVT, of Low Vision Beyond the Clinic LLC
  • Pediatric low vision rehabilitationwith Laurie Hoffman, OD, Metrolina Association for the Blind
  • The interaction of light, color and print size on low vision reading speedwith Aaron Johnson, PhD, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
  • Diagnosis and management of patients with inherited retinal diseases, with Stephanie Schmiedecke-Barbieri, OD; Patricia Sanchez, PhD, DVM; Joyce Zhang, OD, University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry, San Antonio
  • Recognize and identify the psychosocial impact of vision loss, Ana Perez, OD, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Adjunct Faculty, University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, Texas
  • It determines the setting of goals by occupational therapists for patients with low visionTheresa Smith, PhD, OTR, CLVT, of Rehab Essentials and The Rehab Firm, Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation

“The sessions and presentations for this year’s Envision Conference West are ones we are very excited to host and are thrilled to partner with the UT Health Department of Occupational Therapy,” said Michael Epp, head of professional training of Envision. “The multi-faceted conference fosters conversations and information sharing between low vision practitioners and specialists in a variety of related fields from around the world, ultimately raising the bar of care that will help so many as they cope with low vision and other related and unrelated challenges. “

All training and research sessions offer the opportunity to earn continuing education credits from agencies such as:

  • The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
  • American Association of Occupational Therapy (AOTA)
  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)

“Since attending my first Envision Conference in 2011, I can honestly say that this conference and the education provided is like no other,” said Laurie Hoffman, OD, FAAO, Low Vision Optometrist, Metrolina Association for the Blind. “The variety of classes, interdisciplinary approach, and quality of education provided by Envision University have allowed me to grow as a low vision practitioner. This is truly the premier conference for anyone in the field of vision rehabilitation!


The full programme, speaker biography and details are available on the agenda page of the website.

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