BOSTON, MA January 26, 2010 – New England Eye Center is pleased to announce that Ophthalmologist Michael H. Goldstein, M.D., Ophthalmologist for the Boston Celtics teamed up on Sunday, January 24, 2010 with Daniel M. Laby, M.D., Consultant Ophthalmologist for the Boston Red Sox, Wyc Grousebeck, CEO and Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics and other Eye Doctors from Boston and across the United States to present a weekend educational course directly related to sports vision issues.
Photo (from left) Michael Goldstein, M.D., Barry Fisch, O.D., Alan Lewis, O.D., David Kirschen, O.D., Daniel Laby, M.D., Cliff Scott, O.D.
The Saturday program highlighted new research in sports vision with presentations from sports vision specialists from around the world. Doctors from the United Kingdom to China participated in the half-day research meeting. The following day, “Sports Vision 2010 - A new Paradigm” took place at the EMC Club at Fenway Park in Boston. This day-long course, under the direction of Daniel M. Laby, M.D. and David Kirschen O.D., was designed to instruct eye care providers on how to perform a sports vision evaluation and to present a scientific approach to the diagnosis and Text Box: L-R: Michael Goldstein, M.D., Barry Fisch, O.D., Alan Lewis, O.D., David Kirschen, O.D., Daniel Laby, M.D., Cliff Scott, O.D.treatment of sports vision injuries and functional abnormalities.
At the completion of the course, eye care providers gained cutting edge knowledge and are now better able to perform a sports vision evaluation leading to improved patient outcomes and performance.
Sports Vision is an emerging discipline within Optometry, Ophthalmology and eye care in general and is often practiced without the benefit of a disciplined scientific approach. Attendees not only heard presentations by leaders in the field of sports vision, but also gained first hand knowledge from Vic Wunderle, a two-time Olympic medalist and Jim Rowe, Medical Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox.
Graduates of this conference can take this new information back to their communities across the globe and work to raise the level of vision in sports in particular and sports performance in general in their home communities.
The two-day meeting was jointly sponsored and presented by New England Eye Center, Tufts University-Department of Ophthalmology, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School-Department of Ophthalmology and New England School of Optometry.
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The New England Eye Center (NEEC) is the ophthalmology department for Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, a major academic and tertiary referral medical center, seeing approximately 85,000 patient visits per year and providing the highest quality tertiary ophthalmic services with referrals from all over the world. Dr Michael H Goldstein is the Co-Director of the Cornea, External Diseases and Cataract Services and serves as the team ophthalmologist for the Boston Celtics. For more information about the New England Eye Center, go to www.neec.com .
Dr. Laby has been trained in Ophthalmology and specializes in Sports Vision as well as Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr. Laby has served as staff ophthalmologist for several professional sports teams including the Boston Red Sox, LA Dodgers, NY Mets, LA Kings, as well as a part of the US Olympic team to the recent Beijing Olympics, among others. Each year he evaluates professional baseball players at their spring training camps in Florida.
In addition to performing a routine eye examination on each player, he evaluates several visual functions that are specifically important to baseball performance. Dr. Laby is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a full member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and has authored many journal articles, textbook chapters and is the co-author of Dictionary of Ophthalmology.
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