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 1970, 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
These specialized vision care services develop and enhance visual abilities and correct many vision problems in infants, children, and adults. Vision care provided by all COVD members is based on the principle that vision can be developed
and changed. Infants are not born with fully developed visual abilities and that good vision is developed through a learned process.
The COVD International Examination and Certification Board process includes a rigorous evaluation of the eye care professional's knowledge and abilities in providing developmental
and behavioral vision care for patients. Optometrists who successfully complete their certification process are Board Certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy and are designated Fellows of COVD (FCOVD)
. Vision therapists are certified to work with COVD Fellows as Certified Optometric Vision Therapists (COVT).
Associate members of COVD are practicing optometrists who have not yet completed the Fellowship process. COVD associates are required
to participate in professional continuing education to enhance their knowledge and skills in behavioral vision care.
Optometry Students and Residents who are interested in a career that includes vision therapy can also join COVD for
free to learn more about this unique and growing area of practice.