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SVS travels to Junior Olympics for vision evaluations

November 2, 2012

More than 275 athletes competing in the 2012 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games in Houston, Texas, received free vision evaluations by AOA Sports Vision Section volunteers.

The AOA Sports Vision Section (SVS) conducted free vision evaluations July 25-28 for 275 of the athletes competing in the 2012 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games in Houston, Texas.

The evaluations were possible thanks to a generous sponsorship grant from Vistakon®, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

The program, co-chaired by Steven Hitzeman, O.D., and Stephen Beckerman, O.D., provided 32 volunteers the opportunity to establish testing protocols, gather data, and aid in identifying the best types of sports vision evaluation equipment.

In addition, it provided an excellent opportunity to receive hands-on training and experience in the latest sports vision evaluation and enhancement techniques.

Samuel Johansen, Southern College of Optometry student, tests athletes’ eye alignment.

The AAU Junior Olympics Games is the largest, national, multisport event conducted annually for youth in the United States.

More than 4,400 Junior Olympic athletes have received free vision evaluations from the SVS in the last 15 years.

The SVS plans to publish the results of the 2012 program in the near future.

To receive a copy of the 2012 SVS Junior Olympics Protocols, visit the SVS web page at www.aoa.org/svs.xml.

Todd Christensen, Southern College of Optometry student, tests an athlete’s visual acuity.

Future dates for the AAU Junior Olympic Games include:

  • Detroit, Mich., July 24-Aug. 3, 2013
  • Des Moines, Iowa, July 23-Aug. 2, 2014

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