Dr. McBryar as a Fellow of COVD

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What Does it Mean to be a Fellow of COVD?

Fellows of COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development) are doctors of optometry, meaning that they’ve completed their four years of optometry school and gotten their doctorate degrees. What makes COVD fellows unique, however, is that they have chosen to specialize after graduation, and to go through fellowship certification. This entails a lengthy and extensive board certification process in vision therapy and vision development.

Those going through the fellowship process must complete a number of written case reports and assignments, in addition to passing both a written and oral exam. All of this is done under the guidance of one of the prospective fellows’ peers, and their colleagues.

Why this matters

Those who go through this process are not simply trying to get certification for the sake of it. The COVD fellowship program emphasizes the learning process for the doctors involved, with a focus on practical experience, and working under a more experienced mentor. This equips them with a higher level of knowledge than they could have gained from simply working on their own. They thus make them better able to treat patients, and to provide the best possible care.

Additionally, once a doctor becomes a fellow, their vision therapists are able to become board certified as well, becoming a COVT (Certified Optometric Vision Therapist,) and they work directly under a COVD fellow. The certification process for becoming a COVT also entails a process of writing questions and cases, and passing written and an oral exam over a period of at least two years. This provides the therapists with a much higher level of knowledge, via increased practical experience and mentorship, and enables them to provide an even higher quality of care for their patients.
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Testimonials


  • Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

    Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.


    Amanda T.

  • Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

    Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.


    Alexa H.

  • Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

    He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

    It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

    Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!


    Charlotte M.

  • Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

    Thank you!


    Olivia C.

  • Seems much less frustrated with life

    Reads non-stop and fast

    Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

    Seems much more confident

    Thank You!!!


    Kelly O.

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