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Sport+Vision 2015

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Finding the Best Tints for the Weekend Warrior An Optometrist's Guide to Concussion Recovery Nutritional Options for Better Vision Fitting Contact Lenses for Athletes THE frst couple of months in every new year gets everyone thinking both personally and professionally about different directions in which to move. In the op- tometric world, I fnd, this holds true for practitioners who say they'd love to get further involved in the world of sports vision but they're worried they don't have a vision therapy portion of their practice. While there are remediation and enhancement trainings per- formed that are similar to vision therapy, sports vision is its own unique subset within optometry. Think of it as you would think of contact lenses, knowing that providers may offer contact lens services via spherical, toric, and/or multifocal fttings; however, they would refer out specialty fts (keratoconus, sclerals, etc.). Sports vision holds the same opportunity for your practice and consists of even more diverse offerings. I encourage you to read this issue of Sport + Vision then and think of it as a spring- board to incorporating sports vision into your practice. You may actually fnd that you're already performing some aspects of this burgeoning branch of optometry but you just need to refne them a little. You may also discover an area of sports vision services you never thought you could tackle, but now realize that it is well within your reach. Either way, the engaging articles on the following pages should inspire your exploration of sports vision and how it can be a more integral part of your practice. The topics covered range from the fundamentals of sports vision to the latest on nutraceuticals and how focusing on your patients' diets can help improve their visual performance. You'll also learn about how to choose the best tint for a patient's athletic pursuits, and how optometrists are taking on a bigger role in managing the vision of patients who are in post-concussion recovery. Some of the leaders in this feld have contributed pieces to this issue and I hope you enjoy reading their valuable insights as much as I did. I also hope that these stories will inspire you as you continue to nurture your growing interest in sports vision and incor- porate it into your practice. After all, it's likely that every person who sits in your chair has a physical activity that's dear to them, whether that patient is a professional athlete or a weekend warrior. Your goal is to make sure that they are able to pursue their passion with the clearest vision possible. I wish you luck on this rewarding endeavor! Fraser C. Horn, OD, FAAO, is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Pacifc University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. He is also Chair of the American Optometric Association's Sports Vision Section. + 4 + 7 + 9 + 10 + 13 The Building Blocks Of Sports Vision Contents EDITOR'S NOTE istock photo/EXTRAVAGANTNI

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