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September 24, 2023
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2022 Sheldon M. Golden Conference

The 2022 Sheldon M. Golden Conference is focused on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our expert panel of speakers will provide you with practical assessment and therapeutic tools, including prescribing considerations, to enhance your care of this important population and how recent research has shaped clinical practice.

October 2, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PT (breaks included)
Online Zoom Webinar
6 COPE-Accredited CE Hours (subject to change)
Registration for this program is now closed.

Conference Topic: Traumatic Brain Injury

It is widely recognized that mild traumatic brain injury causes oculomotor and visual-perceptual deficits. It also exacerbates underlying visual dysfunction in a majority of sufferers. Optometrists are well-positioned to help these patients resolve their symptoms and visual deficits by facilitating return to work, school, and play.

The TBI toolset shares a common set of principles with the treatment of developmental vision problems, as well as sports vision and cognitive training.

Speakers & Lectures

Read below for details on the 2022 Sheldon M. Golden Conference lecture topics and speakers.
Greg Appelbaum, Kristin Cadigan, Katie Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Cristen Kaae, Katherine Lai, Patrick Quaid, Jeremy Shumaker
Top row: Greg Appelbaum, Kristin Cadigan, Katie Johnson, and Ryan Johnson. Bottom row: Cristen Kaae, Katherine Lai, Patrick Quaid, and Jeremy Shumaker

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Morning Session (9:00 - 11:50 AM PT) COPE 80623-FV

A Roadmap to Build the Evidence Base for Vision Training in Sports and Concussion Management

Greg Appelbaum, PhD
University of California, San Diego & Opti Lab

This talk will review studies that have tested visual assessments and training programs that aim to measure and enhance sport performance with the goal of creating an evidence base of best practices for sports.


Neuro-Optometric Assessment & Rehabilitation: What You Need to Know for Monday

Ryan Johnson, OD, FAAO
Advanced Vision Therapy Center

This course will provide an overview for the evaluation and treatment of patients with acquired brain injury. Discussion of the Neuro-Optometric Assessment with highlight testing specific to this patient population and the most common post-trauma vision changes. Treatment discussion will include both optical recommendations widely available to comprehensive optometrists and office-based treatments more typically seen in tertiary care clinics.


Differential Experience of Women and TBI

Katie Johnson, OD
UC Berkeley School of Optometry & Vision Science

This lecture will emphasize how females are affected differently by TBI, including how prognosis and treatment of TBI differ for women. The need for awareness, best practices, and the role of domestic violence in TBI will also be discussed.

Panel Discussion & Q&A

Moderated by Jeremy Shumaker, OD
UC Berkeley School of Optometry & Vision Science

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Afternoon Session (1:00 - 3:50 PM PT) COPE 80624-FV

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation in mTBI: Clinical Pearls and Connecting Anatomy to Dynamic Visual Skills

Patrick Quaid, PhD, FCOVD, MCOptom
VUE Cubed Vision Rehabilitation Network

This presentation will review how illusions reveal aspects of the visual system that are vital to understand in concussion cases (i.e., peripheral perception skills) and how the senses of vision, vestibular and proprioception information are combined, and show definitive proof that vision as a sense is dominant. The current literature on vision and concussion will also be presented in addition to PubMed listed articles from Dr. Quaid on the topic. The effect of Neuro-Optometric Visual Rehabilitation will also be shown via videos of real cases (in addition to qEEG data) and a discussion of why certain interventions have a more marked effect based on known anatomy and visual fields will also be discussed. Dr. Quaid will also present his PubMed published papers in addition to upcoming publications which have already been presented formally at international conferences showing that visual rehabilitation is an integral component of the overall rehabilitation plan for post-concussion syndrome cases.


Vestibular and Vision Rehab from a PT’s Perspective

Kristin Cadigan, DPT
Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo Medical Center

Cristen Kaae, DPT
Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo Medical Center

Presenters will review vestibulo-ocular contributions to mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI) as well as treatment and triage principles via case discussion and VOMS (vestibulo-ocular motor screen) examination demonstration.


Prescribing Considerations for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Katherine Lai, OD, FAAO
UC Berkeley School of Optometry & Vision Science

This lecture will focus on prescribing techniques for patients post mild traumatic brain injury. Practitioners will understand differences in prescribing and common visual deficits in this patient population.


Panel Discussion & Q&A

Moderated by Jeremy Shumaker, OD
UC Berkeley School of Optometry & Vision Science

Registration Options

Registration for this program is now CLOSED.

Registered attendees will receive an email 24 hours prior to the lecture date with additional event information and a link to the Zoom Webinar, course website, and handout downloads. If you do not receive this email, please notify us at

Registration for the Golden Conference included 6 CE hours on Sunday, October 2, 2022, via live Zoom webinar.

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Berkeley Alumni Pricing:$140.25
Non-Berkeley Alumni Pricing: $165

Berkeley Alumni Pricing: $153
Non-Berkeley Alumni Pricing: $180

Continuing Education Credits

Six CE hours are available for the COPE-accredited Golden Conference program. This activity meets the live, interactive CE coursework requirements of the California State Board of Optometry. For COPE, this activity is considered an ‘Interactive Distance Learning’ and, depending on your state board requirements, this COPE credit type may or may not be counted as ‘Live’ credit. Attendees should verify with their state board if this type of online, interactive webinar will count towards live CE credit.

Please note: Partial attendance of a COPE course does not count towards COPE CE.

Daily CE Breakdown*

COPE Activity #12469

Optometric Care for mTBI: Part 1
COPE Course 80623-FV
3 CE Hours

Optometric Care for mTBI: Part 2
COPE Course 80624-FV
3 CE Hours

*Total CE hours subject to change


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