The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit organization that seeks to facilitate and supplement education about behavioral and developmental vision care and vision therapy (VT) through presentations and speakers.
COVD at NECO promotes education on vision therapy and aims to show students how VT can help patients improve their overall visual abilities and skills, in turn enhancing how they process visual information and improving their visual comfort, ease, and efficiency.
The club holds 3-4 events throughout the year, with some featuring prominent authors of vision therapy books who have undergone VT themselves, as well as presentations and Q&A sessions to help interested students and faculty gain different perspectives on vision therapy.
In the spring COVD hosts a Grand Rounds in Vision Therapy, where NECO students on their VT rotations present interesting clinical cases they encountered. At this fun event, students enjoy dinner and learn more about developmental vision care and how optometrists treat binocular vision anomalies. Through the COVD, NECO is also able to host the Tour de Optometry, a VT-based lecture series done throughout the country.
COVD teams up with other clubs on campus, such as Public Health Club (PHC), Performance Vision Club (PVC), and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), to promote various activities and fundraisers.
COVD members are invited on trips to optometry practices where students can directly observe VT on patients. The club also hosts a discussion panel with various ODs who specialize in vision therapy in order to provide some business and personal aspects of VT from a practitioner's perspective.
All students are welcomed to join, and there are no membership fees. COVD events held on campus are open to all student body and faculty members.
Current Presidents: Julia Mocker, Class of 2018, Yen Valanima, Class of 2018
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Laudon