METRO Washington, DC

Bryce B. Appelbaum, O.D., FCOVD

Vision First

6509 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

133 Defense Highway Suite 113
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


Tel: 301-897-8484
Fax: 301-897-8486


Dr. Bryce Appelbaum is a certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He graduated from The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, Illinois, where he received extensive training in Pediatrics, Binocular Vision Disorders, Head Trauma, and Learning Related Vision Problems at The Illinois Eye Institute, one of the most prestigious Eye Clinics in the country. This well respected Clinic is affiliated with the Chicago Eye Institute and the University of Chicago’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He also had additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of complex vision disorders and in examining and prescribing for infants and toddlers.

During his work at ICO, Dr. Bryce Appelbaum received clinical honors in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision, The Cornea and Contact Lens Department, and in Primary Optometric Eye Care. Dr. Bryce Appelbaum completed his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Psychology and Pre-Medical studies.

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum has a special interest in working with children and adults with behavioral & developmental visual dysfunctions. He is specifically interested in designing vision improvement treatment programs involving vision therapy, sports vision therapy, orthokeratology, guided preschool development, stroke and acquired brain injury vision rehabilitation, strabismus and amblyopia therapy, and treating learning-related vision problems, including vision problems seen with ADD/ADHD/Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities.

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum has received extensive post-doctoral training in the areas of Optometric Evaluation of Visual Performance, Optometric Vision Therapy for Visual Acquisition Problems, Optometric Evaluation and Treatment of Visual Information Processing Dysfunction, Evaluation and Treatment of Strabismus and Amblyopia, and Visual Problems Secondary to Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Bryce Appelbaum is certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy/Orthokeratology, a specialty contact lens approach to slowing down nearsightedness and improving eyesight as an alternative to refractive surgery.

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum knows that 20/20 eyesight does not mean perfect vision. Many children and adults with high visual demands often have undetected visual problems which interfere with their ability to perform and reach their full potential. Symptoms such as loss of place, visual fatigue, blur, headaches, reduced comprehension, and difficulty concentrating, indicate a developmental and/or visual stress problem. Optometric Vision Therapy can reduce or eliminate these problems so that the individual gets the maximum return for his/her effort. It allows the child to enjoy learning and become a successful and enthusiastic student. It aids the adult in getting his/her paperwork and computer-oriented tasks completed faster and with reduced eyestrain. It enables patients of all ages to get their work done more efficiently and to reach their optimum visual performance.

As one of the private doctors at Vision First, Dr. Bryce Appelbaum provides state-of-the-art vision enhancement and eye health care in a comprehensive and passionate manner. With the impersonal nature of health care today, Dr. Bryce Appelbaum prides himself on providing personalized and thorough care designed to meet your individual vision and eye care needs.

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum’s professional memberships include The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Maryland Optometric Association (MOA), and the American Optometric Association (AOA).