Dr. David Grisham has served as a Clinical Professor and Senior Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Optometry for over 30 years. He has taught courses in Binocular Vision Diagnosis and Management, Strabismus (eye turns) and Amblyopia (lazy eye), Pediatric Optometry and Learning Disabilities. For 20 years he was Chief of the Binocular Vision and Visual Skills Clinic at UCB. Dr. Grisham has distinguished himself by publishing over 30 research articles and coauthored a major internationally recognized textbook, Binocular Anomalies: Diagnosis and Vision Therapy, 4th edition. A recognized expert in Binocular Vision and Vision Related Learning Problems, he is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception with the American Academy of Optometry and an Associate with the College of Optometry in Vision Development.
Dr. Grisham believes that an academic in a clinical science should also serve patients to stay connected with real patient needs. He has maintained a part-time clinical practice in San Francisco for several years, but has now relocated and expanded his private practice, Rising Star Optometry, in San Rafael. He believes that many people of all ages need improved visual skills to successfully meet the visual demands of modern life. With colleagues, he also has founded a company, Gemstone Educational Management LLC, and has authored an internet-based visual skills training program for use around the world in the classroom, at home, and in doctor’s offices.
Throughout his career Dr. Grisham has devoted substantial time and resources to helping those less fortunate in the developing world. Early in his career he was chosen to represent UC-Berkeley in India teaching and developing optometry in several schools throughout the country. Through the VOSH program (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) he has organized, supervised, and participated in service projects in the Philippines, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand, and recently Chile.
|INSTITUTION AND LOCATION||DEGREE||YEAR||FIELD OF STUDY|
|University of California, Berkeley||BS, MOpt.||1967-68||Optometry|
|University of California, Berkeley||OD||1969||Optometry|
|University of California, Berkeley||MS||1977||Visual Science|
|American Academy of OptometryCollege of Optometrists in Vision Development||DiplomateAcademic Fellow||19902012||Binocular Vision and Visual Perception.Developmental Optometry.|
Positions and Honors
Intramural Practice, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Clinical Professor in Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
Chief, Orthoptics Clinic, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
Lecturer in Optometry, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
Chief, Binocular Vision/Visual Skills Clinic, School of Optometry, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Clinical Professor, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
Private Practice of Optometry, Oikos Vision Care, San Francisco, California
Emeritus Clinical Professor & Senior Lecturer, UCBSO
Consultant: Gemstone Educational Management
Private Practice of Optometry, Rising Star Optometry, San Rafael, CA
Private Practice of Optometry, Vision Academy Optometry, Partnership with Dr. Jeremy Shumaker, San Francisco, CA.
Academic Fellow, College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Selected peer-reviewed publications
Grisham JD, Jose J: Optometry in India: 1969. Amer J Optom Physiol Optics 1970; 47:928-937.
Payne CR, Grisham JD, Thomas KL: A clinical evaluation of fixation disparity. Amer J Optom Physiol Optics, 1974; 51:88-90.
Thal L, Grisham JD: Correcting high anisometropia: Two case reports, Amer J Optom Physiol Optics 1976; 53:85-87.
Liu JS, Lee M, Jang J, Ciuffredia KJ, Wong JH, Grisham JD, Stark L: Objective assessment of accommodation orthoptics: Dynamic insufficiency, Amer J Optom Physiol Optics 1979; 56:285-294.
Grisham JD: The dynamics of fusional vergence eye movements in binocular dysfunction. Amer J Optom Physiol Optics: 1980; 57:645-655.
Fatt H, Grisham JD: Genetic counseling in optometry: A case study of congenital bilateral ptosis, Amer J Optom Physiol Optics 1981; 58:342-346.
Grisham JD: Treatment of binocular dysfunctions, Chapter 19 in Vergence Eye Movements, Edited by Schor C and Ciuffreda K, Butterworth, 1983.
Simons H, Grisham JD: Vision and reading disability: Research problems. J Amer Opt Assn 1986; 57: 33-43.
Grisham JD, Simons H Refractive error and the reading process: A literature analysis, J Amer Opt Assn 1986; 57:44-55.
Simons H, Grisham JD: Binocular vision and reading problems, J Amer Opt Assn 1987; 58:578-587.
Grisham JD: Visual therapy results for convergence insufficiency: A literature review, Amer J Optom Physiol Optics 1988; 65:448-454.
Grisham JD, Simons H: Perspectives on reading disabilities, Chapter 21 in Pediatric Optometry, Edited by Morgan M and Rosenbloom A, Lippencott Publishers, 1990.
Grisham JD, Bowman MC, Owyang LA, Chan CL: Vergence orthoptics: Validity and persistence of the training effect. Optom Vis Sci 1991; 68:441-451.
Grisham JD, Sheppard MM, Tran W: Visual symptoms and reading performance. Optom Vis Sci 1993; 70:384-391.
Griffin J, Grisham JD: Binocular anomalies: Diagnosis and vision therapy. Third Edition, Butterworth Heinemann, 1997. Textbook, 570 pages.
Griffin J, Grisham JD: Binocular anomalies: Diagnosis and vision therapy. Fourth Edition, Butterworth Heinemann, 2002. Textbook, 610 pages.
Grisham D, Powers M, Riles P: Visual Skills of poor readers in high school. Optometry 2007; 78:542-549.
Powers M, Grisham D, Riles P: Saccadic tracking skills of poor readers in high school. Optometry
Partial List of Research Support
“The Effect of Computerized Visual Therapy upon Reading Performance with Learning Disabled Students” U.S. Department of Education, 1984-1986.
Research goal was to investigate whether a computerized approach to orthoptics training would improve reading performance in learning disabled students.
“Effect of Computerized Vision Therapy on Elementary Students with Reading and Vision Dysfunction” Committee on Research Faculty Grant, University of California School of Optometry, 1998-2000.
Research goal was to provide pilot data on using computerized orthoptic training in a school context.
Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial: Attention & Reading Trial, (CITT-ART), National Eye Institute, Data Safety and Monitoring Committee Member, 2014.
A multicenter clinical trail to evaluate the effectiveness of vision therapy in improving attention and reading performance in patients having convergence insufficiency.