Introduction to Behavioral Optometry

The course is designed for Optometrists and Optometry students who want information on the exciting and rewarding practice of Behavioral Optometry. Course participants will gain an understanding of the difference between the Classical, Functional and Behavioral approaches to vision care. A basic understanding of the neurology and neurophysiology of the visual process, the prescribing of behavioral lenses, micro and yoked prism and the benefits of Optometric Vision Therapy will also be discussed.

The course will take place at Andalusia III room (Granada Congress Center):

Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Thursday, March 28th from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

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GLORIA HERMIDA SALAMANCA

Born in Madrid, Spain in 1978, she graduated in Optics and Optometry from the Universi¬dad Complutense de Madrid in 2000. She then gained a Master’s Degree in Optometry and Vision Therapy from the International Optometry Centre.

She has accumulated a great deal of additional knowledge, partly by attending multiple training programmes and sessions, with these including the Courses in Advanced Specialisation in Behavioural Optometry and Vision Therapy in 2004 and in Paediatric Optometry and Primitive Reflexes in 2006, both imparted by Dr Robert Sanet.

She has also attended the courses in Visual Cognition, Visual Cognition and Autism and Visual Cognition and Reading given by Dr Harry Wachs.

Furthermore, in 2009 she became a Fellow of COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development).

However, her experience is by no means limited to attending courses and studying for post-graduate qualifications. She has also become a trainer herself and has participated as a speaker at numerous congresses, including the Behavioural Optometry Congresses in 2008 and 2010 and at the SIODEC Congresses of 2010 and 2015.

Since 2012 and up to the present day she has been lecturing on the Expert Course run by the Universidad Europea de Madrid (European University of Madrid), and since 2017 on the Vision Therapy Master’s Degree at the Universidad de Valencia. She also manages to find the time to work as the Clinical Director of the Centro de Optometría San Francisco (San Francisco Optometry Centre), which she herself founded in 2010 in the town of Aranjuez south of Madrid.

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SALVADOR PÉREZ FERNÁNDEZ

Salvador graduated in Optics and Optometry from the Universidad de Granada before going on to do a Master’s in Clinical Optometry and Vision Therapy at the International Optometry Centre (IOC). He continued to study his chosen specialisation in Behavioural Optometry and Vision Therapy under Dr Robert Sanet.

Since 2007 he has headed up the VISUAL ANDALUS Behavioural Optometry Centre in the town of Andújar in the Spanish province of Jaén, which has become the benchmark centre in Optometry in Andalusia due to the quality of the care and treatment it offers to both children and adults and its innovative policy with respect to the training of professionals in the field of Optometry and how it relates to Development and Learning, which is where he currently performs all his clinical activities.

On various occasions he has been invited to speak about Vision and Learning, Vision Therapy and Contact Lenses at National and International Congresses, as well as participating in several clinical internships, most notably at the San Diego Center for Vision Care in San Diego, California, USA.

In the teaching field he has lectured in Special Contactology in collaboration with Conóptica from 2008 to 2013, accredited by the Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona (Barcelona Polytechnic University) and the Universidad de Granada (Granada University) and taught on the Expert in Optometric Specialities of the Universidad de Sevilla (Seville University).

Since 2010 and up to the present day he has worked as a teacher on the “Especilizaçao em Optometria Comportamental e Terapia Visual. Diagnotico e Tratamento dos Problemas Visuais” (Specialisation in Behavioural Optometry and Vision Therapy. Diagnosis and Treatment of Vision Problems) Course together with Dr Robert Sanet and Pilar Vergara in Brazil. Furthermore, he imparts numerous courses at professional Optician-Optometrist associations, as well as privately all over Spain.

He is a Clinical Partner of SIODEC and has been a member of its Board of Governors since 2010. He currently holds the post of Vice-chairman. He is also a member of CSO, EASO and COVD.

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PILAR VERGARA GIMÉNEZ

Pilar Vergara Giménez was born in Albacete, Spain in 1968. She received a diploma from the School of Optometry of the University Complutense of Madrid in 1989 and the University of Granada in 1994. In 1993 she was awarded a Master of Optometry and Visual Training from the International Optometry Center (COI), and she later worked there as a teacher until 1996. During her years as faculty at the COI she taught numerous courses on Optometry and Vision Therapy and worked with Dr. Pilar Plou and the Spanish Olympic shooting Team.

Pilar has 29 years of clinical experience, during which time she has attended numerous post- graduate courses and clinical practicums in public and private institutions in both Spain and the U.S.A. In her private practice Pilar specializes in vision development, Syntonic Phototherapy, Behavioral Optometric Vision Therapy and Neuro- Optometric Vision Therapy for the treatment of patients with congenital and acquired brain injury.

Pilar is the first optometrist in Spain to become a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (USA), and, from 2002 to 2007, was the first international optometrist to be named as a member of The COVD International Board of Examiners.
Pilar has taught and lectured nationally and internationally, and she co-taught courses with Dr. Robert Sanet in both Spain and Brazil.
She is the author of the first book in Spanish for parents and educators about the relationship between vision and learning problems, Tanta Inteligencia, Tan Poco Rendimiento, which has been translated into English, Portuguese and soon into Italian. The English version is titled, “Is your Child Intelligent, but Underachieving?”.

From 2002 until 2010, Pilar was an instructor at CEU University San Pablo (Madrid). She is Co-founder of the Skeffington Vision Therapy Center in Madrid, and in 2012 she moved her practice to her home city, Albacete, where she directs her own clinical practice of Behavioral Optometry, focusing her work on children, especially those with visually-related learning problems, special educational needs, amblyopia and/or strabismus, as well as children and adults who have suffered head injuries.

She is a founder of SIODEC (la Sociedad Internacional de Optometría del Desarrollo y el Comportamiento) and has worked as its secretary for the last six years.

In September 2014 Pliar Vergara Gimenez was awarded the prestigious Armand Bastien Award by OEPF, in recognition of 25 years of work to expand Optometry on an international level. Recently she was awarded with another international Award in Vienna, expanded by BOAF (Behavioral European Academy).

She is the wife of Luis Miguel Minguez Valle, and the loving mother of her 2 beautiful children, Natalia and Rodrigo.