Nearly one in four Canadians has an undiagnosed vision problem even after being told they have 20/20 eyesight.

This 25 percent of Canadians often suffer needlessly through the frustration of being constantly told that their eyes are “normal” and “healthy” despite having headaches, reading/learning difficulties at school, eye-hand coordination problems at play and balance/movement challenges from traumatic brain injuries.

Most people don’t realize the eyeballs are the only parts of the brain that move. The brain tells the eyeballs where to look, how to look and what to look at to get the information it needs to see and to understand the outside world,” says Dr. Angela Peddle, President, Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. “Seeing 20/20 is a good start but there are many other important visual skills the brain uses. Only through specialized assessments by developmental or functional optometrists can these correctable vision deficits be identified, developed, treated and/or rehabilitated.”

The Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing optometric education and public awareness of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation to improve the lives of Canadians.

Their 2nd Annual General Meeting and Conference took place in Montreal, Quebec on Aug. 18-20, 2017 with the dual purpose of celebrating a historic 75 years of Vision Therapy care in Quebec.

The conference hosted both national and international lecturers including Quebec’s Dr. Yves Bastien, Ontario’s Dr. Ben Thompson, American Dr. Debbie Zelinsky and Norway’s Dr. Richard Bruenech.

The conference also featured the graduation ceremony of the first ever-class of the PVTAP (Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program). PVTAP is an 18-month internationally accredited program for foundational training of vision therapists, and is the only one of its kind in Canada.

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