Envision Conference: AOA promotes optometry’s role in vision rehabilitation

In August 2018, Carl Garbus, O.D., 2018-2019 VRC chair, and Gary Asano, O.D., immediate past chair, participated in the Envision Conference. They lectured and educated professions from multiple disciplines on optometry's role in vision rehabilitation, low vision, and neuro-optometry. The Envision University conference provides multidisciplinary continuing education and research opportunities for low-vision rehabilitation professionals. Envision University is also a primary sponsor of AOA's Vision Rehab Forum and Advocacy Network.


Gary Asano, O.D., demonstrates to Ashley Deemer, O.D.,FAAO, Asst. Professor of Ophthalmology at Wilmer Eye Institute, how the VRAN network works.

From left, Michael Epp, manager of professional education at Envision University, former VR committee member, Gary Asano, O.D., and Michael Monteferrante, president and CEO of Envision, Inc. 

Dr. Asano received the Oculus Award for his professional collaboration, advocacy, education, and impact on people who are blind or visually impaired. He was the first doctor of optometry to be honored with this award since 2010.

Along with speaking at the conference, Drs. Garbus and Asano represented the AOA in the conference's exhibit hall where they explained the importance of primary eye care services, such as comprehensive eye exams and referring patients to doctors of optometry for vision rehabilitation. Below is some of the material they presented at the exhibit hall.

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