What an exciting week this has been! As I sit in the airport, waiting to head back home to Michigan, I reflect on everything that has brought me to the moment I had last night…
Last night was the COVD 2018 Induction Banquet, where I, along with many other wonderful therapists, officially became a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist. It was a wonderful moment, and the perfect way to end a great trip surrounded by fantastic like-minded individuals in the field I am so passionate about. COVD (The College of Optometry in Vision Development) is so much like a big family that although I attended this annual meeting alone, I didn’t feel alone. We stood on stage, received medals, recited an oath, and shook the hand of quite literally everyone in the room (our cheeks hurt from smiling by the end)!
I have always been passionate about helping people, especially children, so when the opportunity to change lives as a vision therapist came to me, I lept at the chance. Then when the opportunity to start the certification process came, I knew I wanted to do that as well. The road to becoming a COVT is quite intensive. I attended seminars, studied A LOT, wrote 9 papers, passed both a written exam and oral interview, and of course kept up on patient care. While it is a lot of hard work, the process helped me to gain more in depth knowledge of many areas of vision therapy. Personally I love learning, so while the task seemed somewhat daunting at times, I can say that I definitely enjoyed it, and I am very thankful to Dr. Jacobi for both allowing and helping me to achieve this certification.
As with any seminar that I have attended, from my first one with Dr. John Abbondanza (whom I got to visit with last night!), to those this week, I have learned some great new techniques that I will bring back home to the therapy room, as well as enjoying new (and old) connections with some wonderful people in the field. Congratulations to all of my fellow new COVTs, as well as the new Drs of COVD.
Achieving this certification is not the finish line..it is just the begining.