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Dr. James E. Venable

Associate Professor
Vice President for Clinical Programs


First Appt: 2004

Academic Background:

1994; Fellowship; College of Optometrists in Vision Development
1989; O.D.; Southern College of Optometry
1985; B.S.; East Tennessee State University


Since entering optometry practice in 1989, Dr. Venable has served as Director of Special Services, Director of Referral Services, and Clinical Director for group private practices and referral centers while concentrating his clinical practice in pediatrics and binocular vision, laser vision correction and glaucoma. He has also been active in intern and resident programs having held adjunct faculty status at Southern College of Optometry, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, and the University of Houston College of Optometry.

In 2004, Dr. Venable joined the Faculty at SCO as an Assistant Professor and served as Chief of Vision Therapy Services in The Eye Center. He provided patient care and clinical instruction in the Adult Primary Care, Pediatric Primary Care and Vision Therapy Services and provided didactic instruction in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Professional Year courses. Since 2009 Dr. Venable has served as the Vice President for Clinical Programs.

An accomplished speaker and specialist in vision care, Dr. Venable is a board certified Fellow in Pediatrics, Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Venable is Past-President of the Tennessee Optometric Association (TOA), is the Chair of the American Optometric Association Pediatrics & Binocular Vision Committee, and has served on the National Speakers Bureau for Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He was the TOA's Optometrist of the Year for 2005. Dr. Venable's research interests center in binocular and pediatric vision and he served as co-investigator in the Correction of Hyperopia in Children Study (CHICS). Dr. Venable is a Peer Review Board member of the Journal of Behavioral Optometry.