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Sports are all around us whether we ourselves are participating in them or watching them as a fan base. They are an event that brings people closer together especially since March Madness is around us. It is a craze that fans will ultimately spend a numerous amount of money on for memorabilia, game tickets, betting or even to subscribe to specific sports packages online.

When you have a child playing sports, parents have to spend money on the necessary equipment for their child in order to play the sports they are into. A lot of times parents will try to buy “better equipment” in hopes their child will perform better on the playing field/court. There are times where the child has a vision-related problem holding them back from becoming an elite athlete and no matter how good the equipment is the visual system is not allowing them to function at their best. “It is estimated that over 285 million people in the world have vision impairment and that 42% of this is due to uncorrected refractive errors.”(1) “More than 12.1 million school-age children or one in four have some form of a vision problem.”(2)

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Vittorio Mena
Vittorio Mena O.D., M.S. is the sports vision director at Optical Academy in Clifton, NJ. He graduated from Seton Hall University with both a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Microbiology. He received his professional degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2014. He is professionally licensed in both life/variable annuity insurance and investments. He holds his 2-14, Series 6, and Series 63 financial licenses. Dr. Mena is on the board of directors for his state association NJSOP. He also serves as an advanced clinical director for the Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes program for the state of NJ. In 2019, he was awarded as the NJ Young Optometrist of the year. In 2020 he received the Public Service Award from Salus University. He also serves on the AOA's Sports & Performance Vision Committee. He is a regular monthly contributor to Review of Optometric Business columns and enjoys lecturing on nutrition, contact lenses, myopia management, concussion management, sports vision performance and finance.

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