Private Practice Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation

Cheryl E. Ervin, OD
Barry M. Tannen, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD


The concept of a private practice residency in optometric vision therapy and rehabilitation was first advocated by Dr. W.C. Maples in an editorial in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry.1 Dr. Maples noted that although optometric residencies in this area of care have been available since the 1970s, a variety of factors have constrained accessibility to behavioral vision care in private practice. The principal focus of this paper is on the challenges faced by a private practice residency program and the goals of the program relative to the outcome for the resident, the residency site and delivery of vision therapy and rehabilitation services. Our perspective is that private practice residencies can benefit from the track record of institutional residencies, but present a unique set of attributes and considerations. Our primary purpose in presenting this information is to increase awareness in the academic and clinical communities about a new Southern College of Optometry-affiliated residency in vision therapy and rehabilitation as an option for post-graduates.

Key Words: Optometric residency, vision therapy, vision rehabilitation, private practice residency

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