NSU Professor Joins Elite Group of Optometrists
TAHLEQUAH The College of Optometrists in Vision Development
(COVD) certified Dr. Michele Bither (Tahlequah) as a fellow of the College
at the association's annual meeting held October 21-25, 2003 in Phoenix,
AZ. Dr. Bither is one of nine optometrists who were awarded fellow status
by the COVD Board of Directors.
To become a fellow of COVD, optometrists who have practiced
for at least three years must complete a fellowship education program
and a written and an oral examination process administered by the COVD
International Examination and Certification Board. Obtaining a minimum
of 15 hours of continuing education annually is needed to maintain fellow
status in the College.
The COVD fellow certification process serves to identify
doctors of optometry who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art clinical
services in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy,
and vision rehabilitation. All COVD fellows are board-certified in vision
development and therapy and offer functional and preventative vision care
services to their patients. These specialized vision care services develop
and enhance visual abilities and correct many vision problems in infants,
children, and adults.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development is a professional
membership association of optometrists, vision therapists, and optometry
students. In addition to conducting a certification program, it also provides
members and the public with access to information, research, educational
materials, and programs in the areas of developmental vision care, vision
therapy, vision rehabilitation, and related fields.
Dr. Bither is an assistant professor at Northeastern State
University's College of Optometry.