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Envision University Sets Agenda for In-Person Spring 2023 Conference

The premier multidisciplinary Envision Conference includes cutting-edge sessions and presentations by leading vision professionals within the U.S.; Early Bird Registration is Due by February 28.




(PRESS RELEASE)WICHITA, KS — Organizers of the Envision Conference through Envision University have set the agenda for Envision Conference West with outstanding sessions and opportunities for professionals in the vision rehabilitation field. The conference will be held in collaboration with UT Health Department of Occupational Therapy on March 30 – 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 closing practice gaps and disseminating the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques, research and technology.

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

The two-day schedule of clinical education and research presentations will address topics covering a wide range of specialties, including Optometry, Occupational Therapy, vision scientists, genetics, Neurology and other areas. Highlights include:

  • Managing Homonymous Hemianopsia after ABI: Two Case Presentations, with Sandra Fox, OD; Sara Barnard, TVI, COMS, CLVT; and Tracy Floyd, OT, from the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at the Audie Murphy VA in San Antonio
  • Role of Head Mounted Augmented Reality Device in Improving Visual Function of Individuals with Low Vision, Sarika Gopalakrishnan, PhD, FAAO, of the Envision Research Institute
  • A Step-by-step Introduction to Hybrid Telehealth Services, with Erika Andersen Ko, CLVT, from Low Vision Beyond the Clinic LLC
  • Pediatric Low Vision Rehabilitation, with Laurie Hoffman, OD, Metrolina Association for the Blind
  • The Interaction of Light, Color, and Print-Size on Reading Speed in Low Vision, with Aaron Johnson, PhD, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
  • Diagnosis and Management for Patients with Inherited Retinal Diseases, with Stephanie Schmiedecke-Barbieri, OD; Patricia Sanchez, PhD, DVM; Joyce Zhang, OD, the University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry, San Antonio
  • Recognizing & Identifying 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
  • Determinates of Goal Setting by Occupational Therapists for Patients with Low Vision, Theresa Smith, PhD, OTR, CLVT, from Rehab Essentials and The Rehab Firm, Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation

“The sessions and presentations for this year’s Envision Conference West are ones that we’re really looking forward to hosting – and we’re excited to be collaborating with UT Health Department of Occupational Therapy,” said Michael Epp, Envision’s manager of professional education. “The multi-faceted conference fosters conversations and information sharing among low vision professionals and specialists in a variety of related fields from across the world, ultimately raising the bar for care that will help so many confronted by vision issues and other related and unrelated challenges.”

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

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

“Since attending my first Envision Conference in 2011, I can honestly say 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, the interdisciplinary approach, and quality of education Envision University provides has allowed me to grow as a Low Vision Practitioner. This is truly the premier conference for anyone in the vision rehabilitation field!”


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






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