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We just returned from another NORA conference and my mind is reeling!

What is NORA? NORA is the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitative Association, a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of rehabilitation of the neurologically and cognitively injured and disabled survivor population and their families. NORA emphasizes treatment modalities designed to optimize the frequently neglected visual-motor, visual-perceptual and visual information processing dysfunction in the neurologically affected person. Integration of Neuro-Optometric treatment modalities maximizes the potential of the rehabilitation team within a multidisciplinary approach. For more information, please visit NORA’s website.

I’m so fortunate to have this group of colleagues to learn and share ideas with within the vision rehabilitation world.
This year’s conference, in Cary, NC, was once again amazing and I’m heading home with a million strategies to implement to help our patients achieve a better and faster recovery. Here are some highlights:

Dr. Nathan Kegel: Concussion Management-ImPACT and Neuro-Rehabilitation

Dr. DeAnn Fitzgerald: ImPACT Testing and Optometric Management of Concussion

Dr. Stuller: Psycho-Neuro Immunology. Clinical application of an emerging field in medicine.

Cavin Balaster, TBI Survivor: Lights, Coma, Action! Adventures in Brain Injury (see photo below)

Dr. Lewerenz: Management of Hemianopsia with Prism and Visual Rehabilitation

Dr. Barry Kavanaugh: Understanding, Identifying and Remediating Visual Multitasking Dysfunction.

Our very own Dr. Pam Wendlandt: Poster session (see photo below)

Amazing presentation by Dr. Stuller on the psycho-neuro-immunology triad. Facinating!

Amazing presentation by Dr. Stuller on the psycho-neuro-immunology triad. Fascinating!

Dr. Wendlandt, Cavin "Bounce" Balaster and me at NORA

Dr. Wendlandt, Cavin “Bounce” Balaster and me at NORA


Photo of world-renowned Dr. Curt Baxstrom and NORA President, Dr. Jill Schultz and Dr. Pam Wendlandt posing with her incredible poster



Presenting my fellowship publication while modeling my OKN shoes.

Presenting my fellowship publication while modeling my OKN shoes.


ImPACT Training: Measuring Neurocognitive Recovery from Sports Concussion.

ImPACT Training: Measuring Neurocognitive Recovery from Sports Concussion












I have now completed by fellowship in NORA, which means I will have more letters after my name (I know, it’s getting obnoxious!) and have completed a program of skill mastery to better help those with visual difficulties related to concussion and acquired brain injury. Please watch for news of my article to be published in a rehabilitation journal.

I feel so grateful to have this group. There is hope for those impacted by acquired brain injury! If you have questions about Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jill K. Schultz, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, FNORA


Do you know a child in need? Resources for vision help.


Helping children see and learn better is our passion. We believe so strongly in this mission that we participate in several programs to ensure no child is left behind. Most insurance plans cover a vision examination annually, but if there are concerns of insurance coverage, please call us so we can help navigate your plan. For those that are uninsured or underinsured, there are options.

Each year, we provide free comprehensive vision examinations for children entering kindergarten in August. We have been able to detect and treat conditions that would impact visual development and learning potential. Eye and vision development is of paramount importance when it comes to the success of a child in school, sports and with everyday tasks since 80% of learning is achieved through vision. Please share information about this day with others to encourage parents to bring ALL children in for their eye health examinations.

In addition, we are proud to be both InfantSEE® and Sight For Student providers for our community. InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, our doctors provide a one-time, no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants between six to twelve months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Please encourage parents to include an eye examination on the list of well-baby check-ups. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure a baby has healthy vision for successful development-now and in the future.

Sight for Students is a charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income,
uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners, such as local school nurses, who identify children in need and connect them with doctors who provide the eye care services and eyewear free of charge, like Bright Eyes Vision Clinic.

We also support Optometry Giving Sight, an organization that provides eye and vision care in third world countries. OGS is different because their goal is to prevent and eliminate the main cause of blindness and vision impairment-uncorrected refractive error! Their secondary goal is finding ways for efforts to be sustainable. A one time gift of a pair of glasses is great, but being able to train local people and helping create a more permanent solution to vision impairment is better!

Finally, some vision conditions are not treatable with glasses or even surgery, but are best managed with vision therapy/neuro-rehabilitation. These conditions can impact learning, attention and behavior, but can be successfully treated. We do offer a sliding fee scale scholarship program for low-income families so that no child needs to suffer with these vision issues.

Do you know a child in need? If you have any questions please contact us for more information.


Trying to pay it forward,

Bright Eyes Vision Clinic

Otsego + Minnetonka, MN