San Francisco Peninsula
Carole Hong, O.D., FCOVD
Dr. Hong, residency trained in pediatrics and vision therapy from the State University of New York, is board certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), an international organization which helps to educate, advocate and certify optometrists in developmental vision care. She served on the board of directors of the COVD from 2002 to 2011. Dr. Hong is chairperson of COVD’s Tour of Optometry Schools Program which brings doctor-speakers and fosters open communication between COVD and the faculty and administrators at colleges and schools of optometry across the country.
A popular national speaker, Dr. Hong provides lectures, workshops and in-services for patients, parents, educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, optometrists and others involved in the care of patients with binocular vision disorders (this includes neuro-typical and special needs patients).
Dr. Hong regularly participates in post-graduate training to ensure she stays at the top of her field in neuro-optometric rehabilitation, learning-related vision problems, binocular vision disorders, visual development and non-surgical treatment options for strabismus (eye turns). She enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities, including patients with head injuries, strabimus and amblyopia (lazy eye), or special needs (CP, Autism Spectrum, Gifted and ADHD).
As an adjunct clinical professor at SUNY and past clinical faculty member at UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Hong continues to take an active part in educating optometric interns in newest treatment options and technologies in vision therapy and behavioral vision care. She has a passion for working with patients whose lives are transformed with the use of corneal reshaping lenses, contact lenses, Lasik surgery, or vision therapy. She is excited to provide patients with optimal vision for school, work, sports and life.
Other professional affiliations include: San Mateo Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, AOA Sports Vision Section, California Optometric Association, Optometric Extension Program, American Academy of Optometry, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Carole Hong was born in San Mateo, California and earned her undergraduate degree from The University of California at Berkeley. She earned her doctorate from Southern California College of Optometry, followed by a two-year residency in Vision Therapy and Pediatrics at The State University of New York (SUNY), College of Optometry, where she helped start the Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Victim Rehabilitation Clinic, taught courses in vision therapy and coordinated school screenings.
Dr. Hong began her private practice career with Dr. Leonard Press, one of the foremost developmental practitioners in the nation, at his practice in Fairlawn, New Jersey. She continues to work closely with Dr. Press as they remain affiliated through the Vision Help Group, an association of leading experts in developmental vision care, many who are university professors, have written textbooks and frequently lecture on various aspects of vision treatment and vision therapy.
Living with her husband and their three children, Dr. Hong enjoys cheering her kids on at their softball, soccer and basketball games. With any free time she likes to cycle, scuba dive, ski, camp, go to plays and musicals, cook and travel.
When asked why she became an eye doctor, she remarked, “I have a passion for helping people improve their quality of life. By improving their vision, I can improve all facets of their lives, whether it be at work or home, in school, or during sports and recreation. By spending extra time with each of my patients, getting to know their individual
needs and offering the latest examination methods and treatment choices, I will provide them with the BEST possible vision care.”