SPV Training

Once a patient's visual and oculomotor skills have been assessed, doctors of optometry can help improve their patient's performance through training. The purpose of this module is to:

  • Learn how to use information from the visual performance evaluation to customize a performance-vision training program.
  • Understand how to set, and advance, level of training.
  • Identify necessary variables for success.
  • Learn how to target appropriate visual skills for training.
  • Review in-office training procedures.
  • Review home-based training procedures.


  • Goals for SPV Training
  • Designing a Training Program
  • Training Techniques
  • Sequencing and Hierarchy
  • Variables for Success
  • Additional Considerations
Visual skills:

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Eye-body coordination
  • Dynamic visual acuity
  • Peripheral awareness/reaction
  • Anticipation timing
  • Accommodative/Vergence Facility
In-Office Protocols:

  • Dynamic Visual Acuity
  • A/V Facility Training
  • Dyna-Ball Run
  • Small ball toss
  • FitLight Trainer
  • Additional In-office PVT protocols
Home-Based Training Activities:

  • Dyna-Ball
  • Dyna-Beads
  • Shifting Around Chart
  • Stick 'n Straw
  • Bounce Back Ball
  • Virtual/Online Training

Downloadable 'SPV Training of the Athlete' PDF


  • Customize a sports-vision training program based on the visual performance evaluation.
  • Discuss ways to increase level of difficulty.
  • Review variables necessary for success.
  • Which visual skills should be targeted for training in baseball, hockey, football, etc.?
  • Review in-office training procedures.
  • Review home-based training procedures.