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It’s no secret that sports are king in America

Most of us have participated in school or club sports as children and teenagers and many of us continue to be involved in sports as adults whether as amateur athletes, fans or parents of children who play sports.

Doctors in athletics

When we hear about doctors in sports, it’s typically within the context of diagnosing and treating sports related injuries. This makes sense as the scope of most healthcare professionals revolves around acute treatment and rehabilitation post injury.

Optometry is perhaps the only profession that can offer injury prevention, performance enhancement and post-injury rehabilitation services for athletes.

Traditionally there has been little knowledge among the general public when it comes to the importance of these preventative, rehabilitative and performance-enhancing services that optometrists can offer.

After all, how many athletes do you see using protective eyewear to prevent injury or to protect their eyes from the sun?

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Fayiz Mahgoub
Associate Editor, Eye Care Technology and Vision Therapy for odsonfb.com. Dr. Mahgoub enjoys sharing his thoughts on a variety of eye care topics as a contributing writer to Eyecare Business Magazine, Optometric Management Magazine, newgradoptometry.com and introwellness.com. He also serves as Chief Creative Officer for Defocus Media where he hosts the eye care technology podcast, VisionTECH with Fayiz Mahgoub as well as The ODs on Facebook Podcast. In 2015 Dr. Mahgoub founded the organization Young Leaders in Optometry to bring together the brightest young minds in optometry with the goal of empowering the professional growth of young optometrists and helping them make a positive impact on our profession. Today, Young Leaders in Optometry hosts educational events during optometric conferences to showcase the brightest young leaders in our field. In 2019 Dr. Mahgoub founded Augmented Vision Labs, an eyecare technology company focused on leveraging emerging technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, spatial computing and cloud computing to enhance the delivery of eyecare.

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