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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.


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