Finding The Right Doctor


Pediatric optometrist who specialize in learning-related vision problems are called "developmental" optometrists, or sometimes "behavioral" optometrists. They have extensive training in dealing with visual systems under stress, such as the demanding close work and small print required for school performance.  They also have a strong background in returning lazy eyes and crossed or wandering eyes to normal vision.  

Eye doctors who specialize in children's vision receive their professional credentialing through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, becoming board-certified Fellows (FCOVD).  To learn more about developmental optometrists, click here.

To find a pediatric optometrist in your area, you can visit the website of the national certifying board of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. From their home page, you will find a link to locate a doctor near you.  "Fellows" are fully board-certified, having completed the credentialing process and having passed their national boards.  "Associates" are doctors who are in the process of becoming credentialed.  

Click in the graphic below to start the process of finding a doctor in your area. This may be the beginning of finally getting your child the help he or she needs!

The Children's Vision Information Network was created to raise public awareness about potential vision problems in children.  This site is not intended as a substitute for a complete eye exam and professional advice from your family optometrist.  Parents, teachers, occupational therapists, psychologists, and related professionals have permission to copy and distribute information contained in the site for educational purposes only with the condition that each page is copied in its entirety with the URL included (  All publishing rights are reserved. Direct specific inquiries to Mary Barton, Director of Vision Therapy, at (316) 722-3740 or email [email protected].


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