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Sports Vision (Online Course)

The Optometry Department at Hadassah Academic College, in conjunction with the International Department, present: 

Sports Vision (Online Course)
March 2022

How can optometrists facilitate recovery from sports related brain injuries and get back to a high degree of performance again?

The difference between the average athlete and the superstar can be the difference in their visual abilities. 

This course will teach the attendees how to identify the different ways visual issues impact sports performance, as well as how to diagnose and treat these problems.

Students will learn how to successfully adapt Optometric practices to the specific needs of athletes in baseball, tennis, golf, basketball and virtually every other sport, in an effort to help them achieve a much higher degree of performance.

This course covers:

  • The relationship between vision and sports performance
  • How to adapt the optometric examination to the needs of the athlete
  • Facilitating recovery from sports-related brain injuries
  • Visual therapy and optometric strategies to improve visual performance


Course Structure:

The course includes 17 academic hours of offline, pre-recorded lectures. 

*To be viewed independently prior to live sessions

Along with 3 live sessions with Dr. Paul Harris via Zoom. 

The first live session (March 29th) will include an introduction to the course and course layout. 
The following sessions (May 17th, June 14th) will include a review of main concepts, discussions and responses to questions.

The live sessions will be conducted on Zoom, at 14:30 to 16:00 Israel Standard Time (IST), on the following dates:

March 29th
May 17th
June 14th

Topics Covered:

  • Optometric testing for athletes, including:

*Brock string - different gazes and postures
*Space board
*Binovi Touch: proactive, reactive
*Cheiroscope / Van Order Star
*KD Saccadic Test
   And more...

  • Care for the athlete during the season
  • Prescribing optometric treatments
  • Personalized Vision Therapy for athletes, including:

*Use the OEP Clinical Curriculum I Program complete
*Extended visualization, visual imagery and guided imagery practice
*Sport and position specific VT activities
*Redo VT-1 activities with higher loading

  • Sport-specific treatements for baseball, basketball, golf, tennis and more
  • Sports Vision Screenings
  • Visual Rehabilitationfrom mTBI/concussion/whiplash

 3 ECTS academic credit option available

Course Instructor:

Dr. Paul Allen Harris

Dr . Paul Harris

Dr. Paul Allen Harris is an optometrist (SUNY, 1979), a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), and the American Academy of Optometry (1999). Additionally, he is a Professor at Southern College of Optometry (USA) since 2010.
Dr. Harris is founder and instructor in the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), training hundreds of Optometrists in vision therapy, sports vision, and optometric management of ABI/TBI.


Guest Lecture by Robert B. Sanet (O.D., F.C.O.V.D.)


Dr. Sanet has served as President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Chair of the A.O.A. Sports Vision Section, Board of Directors the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry. He has worked with amateur and professional athletes including the USA Men’s and Women’s Olympic Volleyball teams, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, and LPGA Golf Professionals. Dr. Sanet is a sought after lecturer who has presented more than 1,500 hours of continuing education in the USA and 4,000 hours Internationally.

His numerous awards include the San Diego County Optometrist of the Year, G.N. Getman Award for Excellence in Children’s Vision Care, COVD President’s Award, Ralph Barstow International Award. In 1999 Dr. Sanet was named as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice.