While trained to diagnose and treat age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, Dr. Shumaker is particularly at ease with children and is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of various developmental eye conditions.
Dr. Shumaker is especially interested in harnessing children and adults’ inherent neuro-plasticity with vision therapy techniques to improve deficient visual skills including smooth pursuits, eye tracking (saccades), near focusing, gross convergence, binocular eye coordination, depth perception, and other visual perceptual challenges. These conditions negatively impact reading, learning, and athletic performance. He also has unique experience in the fitting of contact lenses for children and adults, Orthokeratology (corneal re-shaping), multifocal contacts, and utilizing these lenses to help control the progression of myopia (near-sightedness) in young people.
In addition to his work in private practice, Dr. Shumaker is an assistant clinical professor at UC Berkeley School of Optometry where he mentors third-year optometry students as they’re conducting comprehensive eye exams for the first time.