DAVID L. COOK, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D., Diplomate, American
Academy of Optometry's Section on Binocular Vision and Perception
Who Is Dr. Cook, and Why Do Patients Travel So Far to See Him?
At Cook Vision Therapy Center, Inc., nearly half of our patients come from such local communities as Marietta, Powder Springs, Buckhead, North Atlanta, Roswell, Canton, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Smyrna. The other half travel from an hour or more away to reach us. Routinely, we see patients from Macon, McDonough, Griffin, Newnan, Peachtree City, Douglasville, Villa Rica, Dalton, Jasper, Cumming, Gainesville and Athens. It's not unusual to find patients in our office from Valdosta, Vidalia, Savannah and Americus as well as North Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina. Patients have even traveled from California, Oregon, and Maine, not to mention England, Germany and the Middle East.
There's a reason why patients travel such distances.
Clinician, author, educator, Dr. Cook, is one of the Nation's leading authorities on vision therapy. After graduating from U.C.L.A, where he was co-captain of the gymnastics team, and Pacific University College of Optometry, he attended the Vision Therapy Residency Program at the State University of New York's College of Optometry, where he became a clinical instructor.
In addition to his books, VISUAL FITNESS and WHEN YOUR CHILD STRUGGLES providing thousands with simple explanations about vision therapy, his professional articles have appeared in the top refereed journals of the optometric profession including the Journal of the American Optometric Association, the American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, and the Journal of Vision Development. His "Eyesight, infinity and the human heart," which describes the way in which vision therapy changes lives, was voted "Best Non-Technical Article by the Association of Optometric Editors.
Dr. Cook is a sought-after speaker. He has lectured on the non-surgical treatment of crossed eyes (strabismus) to such national groups as the American Optometric Association, The American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is currently pioneering the use of 3D Movies in the treatment of strabismus. In addition, he has addressed the International Reading Association, local educators, and the Georgia school of occupational therapists. He has appeared on such local television programs as Good Day Atlanta and Noonday.
As optometry students complete their studies, they are required to pass comprehensive standardized tests offered by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Cook served that board for five years as co-chair of the committee which writes the questions on vision and learning.
Optometrists who wish to be board certified in vision therapy have to pass both written and oral examinations. These tests are administered by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In addition to passing these requirements himself, Dr. Cook served on the organization's International Examination and Certification Board for six years. He currently teaches their thirteen-hour course on Strabismus (crossed eyes) and Amblyopia (lazy eye) to help prepare fellowship candidates from around the world for their examinations.
A second advanced testing process in vision therapy is offered by the optometric scientific body, the American Academy of Optometry. Passing this testing makes one a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception. Dr. Cook is one of fewer than 100 such Diplomates in the world.
Perhaps the most important ingredient to the success of our therapy programs, is that instead of providing routine eye care, Dr. Cook spends 100 percent of his time testing for, monitoring, and fine-tuning vision therapy. Because of his expertise and commitment, patients know it's worth the travel time to see him.