Developmental Optometrist: Going beyond 20/20 - View the video

Valerie Frazer

Valerie Frazer
Developmental Optometrist
New Horizons Vision Therapy Center, LLC

1004 Quinn Dr. Ste 3
Waunakee, WI 53597


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Before entering optometry school, Dr. Frazer received her BA in human physiology from Southern Illinois University with additional studies in the areas of psychology and literature. After graduating from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Frazer moved to Wisconsin to complete a yearlong residency with a concentration in vision therapy and vision development. Two years later, she achieved her board certification from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in these same areas. 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. Dr. Frazer joins an elite group of Wisconsin Fellows. There are only eight Fellows in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Frazer collaborates with optometrists, teachers, occupational therapists and other professionals who treat patients with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit disorder. During her residency, she developed a special interest in working with patients who have functional vision difficulties following a stroke or brain injury. Dr. Frazer served for two years as an adjunct faculty member for Illinois College of Optometry. She currently serves as treasurer of the Great Lakes Optometric Congress and is a past-president of the Milwaukee Optometric Society. She is a member of American Optometric Association, Wisconsin Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Frazer enjoys travel and has provided vision exams to rural populations in Costa Rica and Ghana. She organized and led the Ghanaian mission with the help of her husband, Clay, a former Peace Corps volunteer. She is a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program. When not seeing patients, Dr. Frazer spends time with her husband and their young sons. Other past-times include gardening, camping and other outdoor activities.

If you want to make a difference in a child’s life and are interested in going into a health profession, you may want to consider the specialty of Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy. Dr. Frazer will discuss why Developmental Optometry is so rewarding and goes beyond just prescribing glasses and contact lenses. She will also discuss how she became interested in the field, why she remains passionate about what she does and the role of the vision therapist in her office. (Running Time 22:39)