Dear COVD Family,

I hope that you are doing well and staying healthy. This is COVD week and is certainly the most unusual of times. Today Monday April 20, myself, along with the Board of Directors, and many of you, were scheduled to arrive on-site in Toronto to begin our week of meetings, education and comradery.  I am missing the opportunity to spend time with all of you fine individuals.

This week we would have seen the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) members hold their annual board meeting and execute FCOVD and COVT certification exams.

Sold out pre-meeting courses were to run and we would have participated in a kickoff symposium hosted by the COVD Journal Vision Development and Rehabilitation.

The exhibit hall would have opened to a buzz of activity, and an exciting slate of education provided throughout the week.

NO COVD meeting would be complete without the numerous memorable social events, luncheons, banquet and of course the always popular hospitality suite. Even with all of that, what will be missed most are the hugs and embraces amongst the COVD family.

Last week a storm passed through my area, and as it cleared, a beautiful rainbow was visible in my backyard. While currently, there is much uncertainty and a fair share of negativity, and some disappointment, the rainbow reminded me of the beauty that can come from a storm. What makes up the rainbow at the end of this particular storm?

  • Time has seemingly slowed down. Neuroscientist, David Eagleman helps us understand why. He explains that it takes longer to process and synthesize novel experiences which contribute to the experience being more memorable. These memories are so vivid and dense that it creates the perception that time is moving slower.

    I have spent more time with my family in the past 4 weeks than I have in the past 6 months combined. We have become more involved in our children’s education acting as their teacher during remote learning. We are taking multiple family walks and having regular family meals. All of these experiences would typically be lacking under our “normal routine”. We have become acutely reminded that what matters most in this world is our health and our love for one another. That is not to say that there are not moments of frustration, arguments and discord in the house, but I strongly believe that this time will be remembered positively by Sara, myself and our children

  • I am proud to say that my perception is that the VT community has led the way in optometry regarding adapting to the current circumstances. The lack of physical interaction has not interfered with the emotional connection to our communities. Many doctors and vision therapists have adapted to provide quality vision therapy remotely. As a whole, this is not driven by the desire to grow the business but in the desire to improve the quality of life for our patients.

    My vision therapy team including Katie Kelly, COVT and Melanie Bradshaw (soon to be COVT), started providing remote therapy sessions the week of April 13th. We will continue to learn, grow and adapt, much like the majority of our COVD membership to ensure that we come out of this stronger than we entered.

The anticipation for the 50th annual meeting, April 13-17, 2021 in Denver, CO is high as we miss our COVD week this year and weather the storm together.  I am not alone in yearning for that time to see, laugh, cry and enjoy quality time together with my COVD family.

Stay well. With love and respect,

Daniel Press, OD FCOVD