Amar Sayani: Sports Vision
The theory and practice of sports vision is presented in detail. This course emphasizes exploration of research supporting sports vision optometric services including analysis of visual and environmental task demands in sports, testing and evaluation techniques and procedures for athletes, treatment and management of sport-related ocular injuries, sport-related traumatic brain injuries (concussion) and optometric intervention approaches including lenses, tints, vision training/rehabilitation for sports vision enhancement and rehabilitation. The course also includes a discussion on inter-disciplinary management of the concussed athlete.
Sports vision is growing in our profession but remains significantly underserved nationally. This lecture will allow students to learn about sports vision so that they have applicable knowledge in this underserved area. By the end of the lecture optometric physicians will feel more comfortable with vision testing and therapy as it relates to sports vision enhancement and concussion rehabilitation, prescription, non-prescription and protective eyewear as it pertains to sport specific needs and marketing sports vision services.
Two-hour virtual lecture
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to successfully
- Understand testing for visual performance evaluation of an athlete
- Prescribing for the athlete
- Protective eyewear
- Contact lenses
- Tints and filters
- Understand sports-related ocular injuries including a general understanding of concussions and their impact on the visual system
- Understand and apply various sports vision performance enhancement training techniques and technology
- Discuss practice management
Dr. Amar Sayani was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology. He earned his Doctor of Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA in 2010. He completed his residency in pediatrics and vision therapy/rehabilitation at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2013. After a few years in private practice, specifically, adult and pediatric ophthalmology, he joined faculty at Nova Southeastern University. He is currently an assistant professor of pediatric optometry. At Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry he teaches Sports Vision in Primary and Tertiary Optometric Practice course for third and fourth year students, precepts third and fourth year students primarily in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Clinic and is director of Sports Vision and Concussion Clinic at The Eye Care Institute and NSU Don Taft Sports Medicine Clinic.
Dr. Sayani prides himself on being a well-balanced pediatric optometrist. He has a special interest in sports vision training and enhancement, post-concussion vision rehabilitation, pediatric pharmacology and learning-related visual dysfunction. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). He is also a member of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) and Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).