DR. DAVID L. COOK, OPTOMETRIST
Who Is Dr. David Cook, FCOVD and Why Do Patients Travel So Far to See Him?
Dr. David Cook, FCOVD is one of the Nation's leading authorities on vision therapy. He's a former clinical instructor at the State University of New York's College of Optometry. 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 in 1998.
Dr. Cook is a sought-after speaker. He has lectured
on the non-surgical treatment of crossed eyes to such national groups
as the American Optometric Association, The American Academy of Optometry
and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In addition he
has addressed the International Reading Association, local educators,
and the Georgia school 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.
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 39 such Diplomates in the world.
Part of being board certified in vision therapy
requires an optometrist to attend 100 hours of post-graduate education.
In addition to attending (and providing) such lectures, Dr. Cook is one
of fewer than 1 percent of optometrists the only one in Georgia to
have attended a year-long vision therapy residency and received formal
postgraduate training in all areas of vision therapy. After graduating
from the Pacific University College of Optometry, he completed the residency
at the State University of New York in 1979.
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, prescribing, monitoring, and fine-tuning vision therapy. Because of his expertise and commitment to excellence, it's no wonder how far patients travel to see us.