Dr. Leonard J. Press is a 1977 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he was a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. He completed his Residency program in Pediatric Optometry at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, and formerly served as Chief of the Pediatric Unit of The Eye Institute.
In 1982, Dr. Press was recruited to the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, to serve as Chief of the Vision Therapy Service, were he was Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry for 15 years. Dr. Press left academia to concentrate on leading a full-time practice, and is the Optometric Director of the Vision and Learning Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Patients of all ages with problems related to vision development, visual processing, learning disabilities and dyslexia are referred to Dr. Press by a wide variety of professionals. He works extensively with occupational therapists, educators, and parent groups in helping parents understand the relationship between vision and learning, and opportunities for therapy to help children succeed.
Dr. Press has been recognized internationally for his work in the field of learning-related vision problems. He was a co-author of the Clinical Practice Guidelines in this area for the American Optometric Association, published in 2000, and currently chairs the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Press is the author of a monograph from the Optometric Extension Program on Computers and Vision Therapy Programs (1992). He is the author of three major textbooks:
• Clinical Pediatric Optometry (1993, co-authored with B. Moore)
• Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy (1997, and OEP Edition 2008)
• Clinical Pearls in Refractive Care (2002, co-authored with D.L. Werner)
The textbook that Dr. Press wrote on vision therapy is the primary reference used by therapists and doctors from around the world who are preparing for board certification in vision therapy through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). Dr. Press is a former President of COVD, and currently serves on the International Examination and Certification Board of COVD. He is also a Diplomate in the Pediatric Optometry/Binocular Vision and Perception of the American Academy of Optometry, and the only doctor in New Jersey who have specialty certification through both of these prestigious organizations.
Dr. Press currently serves as a consultant on visual disabilities for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). In this role, he reviews requests for test accommodations on the examinations that certify MDs to practice Medicine in the United States. Candidates submit a request for modification of their computer monitor, extra time, or test breaks, based on supporting documentation of any visual disabilities not fully corrected by glasses or contact lenses. Many children in special education environments face similar issues in terms of Section 504 accommodations for school work or standardized testing.
The recipient of numerous awards for his research, writing, and clinical work, Dr. Press has received the Scientific Achievement Award from the New Jersey Society on two separate occasions, in 1995 and in 2002. He received the Skeffington Award for Excellence in Optometric Writing from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 1992. Dr. Press was honored by his peers as Optometrist of the Year by the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians in 1999, and is a Past-President of his State Association. He was honored as the Alumnus of the Year of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2003, which cited him for his outstanding contributions in the field of children’s vision and vision-related learning problems.