METRO Washington, DC

Stanley A. Appelbaum, O.D., FCOVD

Appelbaum Vision PC

6509 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

133 Defense Highway Suite 113
Annapolis, Maryland 21401


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


Dr. Appelbaum is a certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He has been in private practice with his wife Barbara Bassin, OTR/L, BCP for over 20 years in Bethesda and Annapolis, Maryland, combining Vision Therapy with Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy in the same office. He is Board Certified in Vision Therapy, and lectures on topics related to infant vision development, visually related learning difficulties, visual problems of special needs children and adults, bright children and adults who do not like to read or get fatigued when they do read, vision rehabilitation for TBI/Stroke, strabismus, amblyopia, and the visual demands of computer use and sports vision. As a behavioral optometrist he has years in post graduate, and continuing education to master the complex visual programs prescribed to prevent or eliminate visual problems and enhance visual performance in children as well as adults. He has presented numerous Teacher, Doctor, & Therapist Workshops throughout the DC, MD, and VA areas on “Detecting Visual Problems in the Classroom.”

Dr. Appelbaum, author of Eye Power (, is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Southern College of Optometry and has served on the Board of Sensory Integration International. He has also served on the Board of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and has medical staff privileges at the Maryland Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington DC.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Maryland Licensed Optometrist
  • Residency trained in Vision Therapy at The State Univ. of N Y (SUNY)
  • Certified in The Treatment and Management of Eye Disease
  • Fellow of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development, (COVD)
  • Clinical Associate, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, (OEP)
  • Member of The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International, (NORA)
  • Member of The Group of Developmental Optometrists

A Personal Statement from Dr. Stan Appelbaum

Each patient I encounter has unique visual needs. A child who wants to read for pleasure, but struggles. A good student needs to be able to read comfortably for a period of time. A pilot who can’t pass the vision exam that requires excellent visual skills and abilities to become hired by certain companies or the military.. A stroke victim needs to see single to be able to drive again. A computer programmer needs to be able to sustain attention at her screen without suffering from headaches or blur. A brain-injured patient who gets dizzy and has poor balance. A tennis player who needs good side vision so he can respond to a moving target quickly.

I have been able to offer each of these individuals a unique solution to their vision problems using therapeutic lenses and/or vision therapy. Special Lenses prescribed can allow an individual to work at his peak performance. Vision therapy is teaching the eyes to do work more efficiently and teaching the brain to respond more appropriately to visual information it receives.

Appelbaum Eye Care Associates, PC is a full scope family optometric and optical practice located in the Washington DC, Bethesda and Annapolis Metro Areas, dedicated to providing the highest quality vision care to patients of all ages, in a friendly, comfortable and professional atmosphere. With a highly trained staff and state of the art equipment, we strives to go beyond “20/20.” Choosing the appropriate Optometrist/Eye Care Professional is of the utmost importance to you and your family. Appelbaum Eye Care Associates, PC is concerned with prevention, treatment, remediation, and enhancement of the visual system for children and adults to achieve optimal function. E-mail Dr Stan Appelbaum at

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