by Dr. Tyler Phan

If you ever need a pep talk, find Dr. Joe Lao. He can talk for hours about vision therapy! I’ve known Dr. Lao since optometry school at Western University College of Optometry. Although we now practice on opposite coasts (he in Las Vegas, while I’m in NYC), we always look forward to a yearly reunion at COVD’s Annual Meeting.

Dr. Lao is truly passionate about vision therapy, so it’s no surprise that he received the COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy upon his graduation in 2013. After a few years of working with vision therapy greats Dr. Nancy Torgerson and Dr. Eric Ikeda, he opened his own practice in 2016, emphasizing vision therapy and rehabilitation.

Dr. Lao is a life-long learner and is currently working toward certification as a Fellow of COVD (FCOVD). The next time you’re at the COVD Annual Meeting, be sure to look for this passionate vision therapy doc in education and social events!