Developmental vision specialists are available in most Provinces and States. These professionals are of varied backgrounds, but are all doctors of optometry with specialty training in visual development and behaviour.

Developmental vision specialists can help with:

  • uncomfortable or disturbed vision, such as double vision or pain.
  • unexplained headaches
  • learning and reading concerns, including suspected dyslexia and attention problems
  • problems associated with brain injury
  • turned eyes and amblyopia (“lazy eye”)

They are able to address many difficulties in health and learning that are not typically managed by other general optometrists or medical professionals. Often lasting relief comes without medication or surgery, though referrals for specialty medical care, including surgery, are available as required.

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In Southern Alberta

Dr. Charles Boulet, BSc, BEd, OD

Diamond Valley Vision Care

P: 403-933-5552

Dr. Boulet’s training includes degrees in neuropsychology (U of Alberta) and education (U of Alberta). He is an educator, instructional designer, author, and information technology specialist. He attended one of the top behavioural vision colleges in the United States, Pacific University College of Optometry, where his doctoral studies focused on learning-related vision problems. Dr. Boulet is the lead developer and writer behind and seeks to make visual neuro-rehabilitation more accessible to more people through professional training for developmental specialists, writing, and research. See also

Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc, OD, FCOVD


P: 403 248 3937

F: 403 532 3056

Dr. Debbie Luk is a residency-trained and board-certified developmental optometrist. Her specialty lies in vision therapy for strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), convergence-insufficiency, eye-tracking and learning-related vision problems. Dr. Luk is currently a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry.

Dr. Luk received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Western Ontario, and her Doctor of Optometry degree with Honours at the University of Waterloo. Her post-doctorate studies include a Vision Therapy residency in New York City. She has been inducted as a Board Certified Fellow (FCOVD) of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

In Saskatchewan

Dr. Barbara Patterson

Atrium Eye Care –

407 1st Avenue North

Saskatoon, SK S7K 1X5

Phone: (306)652-4374

Fax: (306)652-7875



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