The entire Bright Eyes staff and I are proud to announce that our own Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford (Dr. Nate to most) has achieved Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is a non-profit, international membership association of eye care professionals including optometrists, optometry students, and vision therapists. Established in 1971, COVD provides board certification for optometrists and vision therapists who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art services in Behavioral and developmental vision care, Vision therapy, and Visual rehabilitation
The Fellowship process certifies optometrists as having advanced competency in providing developmental vision and vision therapy services, enabling members to maintain the higheststandards of professional knowledge and competency. In order to be a fellow candidate the optometrist must have obtained associate member status, be in practice a minimum of three years, with at least two years providing direct clinical diagnosis and management in vision therapy, and has earned at least 100 hours of continuing education in the pertinent subject areas. The Fellowship process consists of successful completion of: 1) six open book essay questions, 2) three written clinical case reports, 3) a comprehensive written multiple choice examination, and 4) oral examination.
After 4 years of effort, Dr. Nate can now add the letters FCOVD to the OD and FAAO that follow his name, indicating the only children’s vision specialist in Tampa who has attained Fellowship in both the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and American Academy of Optometry.
Congrats, Dr, Nate!
– Dr. Beth Knighton