Vision is a crucial and often overlooked component in all sports. This course will provide the attendees with a an overview of how vision affects sports performance, a logical and sequential behavioral optometric evaluation protocol, and demonstrations of key sports vision enhancement procedures. The course will also provide advice for how to analyze the optometric data and how to communicate the benefits of optometric care to the athlete, athletic trainers and coaches.


Attendees will learn:

  • about the optimal Optometric vision evaluation/sports performance tests for athletes;
  • how to relate/correlate the Optometric evaluation findings to on-field performance;
  • how to most effectively communicate the testing results with athletes, coaches and trainers;

Attendees will also be presented with a broad overview of how to organize a Sports Vision Enhancement program for the athlete and hands-on demonstrations of effective training procedures.


Dr. Heddle, OD, is a 1998 graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry.

He is currently in private practice providing vision therapy for all types of optometric conditions including related learning problems, strabismus, amblyopia, autism spectrum disorders, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, and sports vision.

While at the Ridgefield Institute of Sports Vision, he was Director of Sports Vision Training and Team Doctor for New York Knicks. He has been vision consultant to Western Michigan University Men’s Varsity Hockey Team, vision consultant to Toronto Maple Leafs NHL, member of the vision screening team at the Colorado State Summer Games, vision consultant to Sannibel Island Police Force, consultant to NHL Referees.

Medical Staff, Adjunct Faculty Indiana University School of Optometry, and a member of the Vision Screening Team at the World Winter Special Olympic Game in Toronto.

Dr. Heddle competes in ironman races, triathlons and marathons.

Dr. Heddle is an associate COVD, and a member of NORA, CSO and OEP.

Additionally, Dr. Heddle has served as a lecturer on sports vision development and as an editor for the BOAF Journal.

Dr. Robert B. Sanet graduated with honors from the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). He has served as President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Chair of the A.O.A. Sports Vision Section, Board of Directors of the Neuro‐Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program, Staff Optometrist San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital, Consultant to the Centro de Optometria International in Madrid, Consultant to the Domus Nova Hospital in Ravenna, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry.

Dr. Sanet has worked with amateur and professional athletes including the USA Men’s and Women’s Olympic Volleyball teams, San Diego Chargers and Padres, and LPGA Golf Professionals.

He has received numerous awards including the San Diego County Optometrist of the Year, COVD G.N. German Award for Excellence in Children’s Vision Care, NORA Founders Award, COVD President’s Award, OEP Ralph Barstow International Award, Guiseppe Rico Award (Italy) for Excellence in Clinical Practice, International Optometrist of the Year both in Spain (SIODEC) and Mexico (COMF).

Dr. Sanet was also named as a Distinguished Practitioner in the multidisciplinary National Academies of Practice. He is one of only 100 recipients in the USA of this award.


March, 27th – 29th 2020, Madrid