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College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)

Two students sitting at table with COVD vision testing supplies at club fair. Welcoming people to COVD at the Club Fair.

COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development) at NECO is a non-profit, international membership association that promotes optometric vision therapy (VT) and behavioral rehabilitation through education and board certification. The club aims to show students how VT can help patients improve their overall visual abilities and skills, in turn enhancing how they process visual information.


The club holds 4-5 events throughout the year including Tour De Optometry, a binocular vision screening, lunch with a behavioral scholar, trips to vision therapy practices, and a chance to attend the annual national COVD meeting which will be held in Kansas City in 2019.

Speaker at lecture and students in rows of seats facing the speaker. COVD hosts the annual Tour De Optometry event.
In the fall, NECO hosts a Tour De Optometry - a VT-based lecture series done throughout the country. Students are given exposure to how vision therapy plays a role in pediatrics and traumatic brain injury episodes. During this time, students have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with leading experts currently performing vision therapy related research.

Aside from attending pediatric screenings in the first year as a part of NECO curriculum, COVD offers a more specialized binocular vision screening that focuses on targeting visual ties to academic performance of young children.

In the spring, COVD hosts a lunch with a behavioral scholar. At this event, students enjoy lunch with a leading expert in vision therapy to learn more about developmental vision care and how optometrists treat binocular vision anomalies.

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.

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.

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: Tina Khieu & Amanda Morris
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gayathri Srinivasan