Optometrists Network was founded by Rachel Cooper. Optometrists Network is a network of interconnected patient education resources and optometric websites which educate the public about visual health
and unique aspects of optometric
care. Our public health mission is supported by our Members who are licensed Doctors of Optometry. Many of our Optometrist Members are residency-trained and/or board certified in Optometric Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometric Visual Rehabilitation.
All of our information services, including referrals and patient education, are available for free to the public -- no registration required. And, thanks to the support of our Members, Optometrists Network has been advertising-free and without commercial affiliations since
Optometrists Network began in 1996 when its flagship website vision3d.com was published on the Web. One month after its launch, vision3d.com won the Internet Medical Site of the Week Award and was receiving over 10,000 visitors a month. Visitor traffic has continued to grow ever since.
In late 1997, our Find an Eye Doctor and Optometrist directory was launched and the public began receiving
free immediate referrals to optometrists
over the Internet. Prior to 1997, free referrals
were sent out one-at-a-time via hand-typed email messages!
Optometrists Network aims to:
- Help people find eye
doctors (developmental or behavioral optometrists who provide in-office vision therapy).
- Provide trustworthy advertising-free visual health and pediatric eye care patient education -- free to the public -- no registration required -- no vendor advertising -- no direct marketing or cross-marketing -- no cookies -- no adware, etc.
- Inform the public about optometric care, including lesser known visual health care choices, such as vision therapy, visual rehabilitation, concussion recovery eye care, prism lens prescriptions, alternatives to strabismus surgery, sports vision training, and so much more.
- Connect optometrists with the people they serve.
- Increase communication and collaboration between optometrists, health care providers, teachers, and
therapists in the best interests of the patient
- Increase communication within the profession of optometry.
- Encourage cooperation between ophthalmologists (eye surgeons) and developmental optometrists (vision therapists) in the best interests of the patient (i.e., similar to the cooperation between orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists)
To fulfill our public health mission, we publish advertising-free educational
content via the internet. And every year we update and/or add patient education
links and web pages to incorporate new scientific research and address the growing information
needs of patients and parents served by optometric care.
Optometrists Network would like to take this opportunity to thank its many generous contributors' of royalty-free and advertising-free patient education content and links, such as:
- Non-profit optometric associations, colleges, and societies, e.g.,
Optometric Extension Program,
American Academy of Optometry,
American Optometric Association,
College of Optometrists in Vision Development, etc.;
- Non-profit public health organizations and joint ventures, such as AOA's InfantSEE: Free Well Baby Eye Exams for Infants, Learning Disabilities Worldwide>, New England Eye Commonwealth, Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, NIH, Vision First Foundation, Kids Eyes Count Campaign, etc.;
- Government agencies, e.g., National Eye
Institute, National Institutes of Health, Scientific Research on Pediatric Eye Vision Conditions, such as Amblyopia, Convergence Insufficiency, etc., National Information
Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Office of Special Education programs, etc.;
- Publishers of "Licensed Content," e.g., consumer health information publishers All About Vision and Developmental Delay Resources;
- Private Health Care Clinics, such as Mayo Clinic, Studt Center for Vision Therapy, Southern California College of Optometry - SCCO, etc;
- Educators, School Nurses, PTA Position Statement on Children's Vision, etc.;
- Parents of Patients, Patients Themselves and Patient Advocates.
Thanks once again to our many Members and contributors. If your non-profit health or educational organization can grant us the use of quality patient education content or links, please Contact Us.
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