Ryan C Johnson, OD, FAAO | Clinical Director

Dr. Ryan C. Johnson, Clinical Director at Advanced Vision Therapy Center Boise IdahoRyan C. Johnson, OD, FAAO received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Boise State University and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry. The following year, he completed a Residency in Binocular VisionNeuro-Optometry and Vision Therapy at University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Johnson is one of a select few optometrists in Idaho to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. The American Academy of Optometry is an organization committed to the art and science of vision care. The letters 'FAAO' (Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry) after an optometrists's name signifies that the doctor has met the rigorous qualifications for Fellowship and has been evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence (visit www.aaopt.org for more information). Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry demonstrates a committment to evidence-based practice and a committment to lifelong learning for the advancement of patient care. This is why Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry have continued education requirements beyond the minimum requirement of the state's board of optometry.

Dr. Johnson is Idaho's first and only residency-trained optometrist in the areas of neuro-optometry, binocular vision and vision therapy. during his residency at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Johnson served as a member of a multidisciplinary care team which included neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, strabismus surgeons, physiatrists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, primary care physicians and optometrists. Dr. Johnson gained the valuable training necessary for the evaluation of binocular vision dysfunctionneuro-vision deficits and sports vision function and worked in collaboration with the patients' care team. He developed and oversaw vision therapy treatment plans, including complex neurologic-vision cases. Dr. Johnson conducted clinical teaching while at University of California, Berkeley, was a presenter at national optometric meetings, and routinely attended ophthalmology grand rounds at University of California, San Francisco.

After completing his Residency, Dr. Johnson joined Advanced Vision Therapy Center as Clinical Director and brings an in-depth understand of neuro-optometry to the Treasure Valley . Dr. Johnson has demonstrated leadership qualities in clinical education, the ability to diagnose and manage complex cases, and a passion to bring neuro-optometric care to Idaho. Currently he is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Southern California College of Optometry and concurrently maintains his neuro-optometric practice at Artisan Optics.


I was born and raised in Boise and very excited to be back home. Bringing neuro-optometric care to Idaho has been a goal of mine for quite some time. My Residency allowed me to devote an entire year of my career exclusively to patients with binocular vision dysfunction, acquired brain injury, and sports vision enhancement. I had the opportunity at University of California, Berkeley to work with patients who had been referred to us from accross the country as well as internationally; many of whom were very complex cases. Without a Residency I am confident that I would not have developed the knowledge base or skill set necessary to properly assess and manage the more complex cases. I am passionate about neuro-optometry, being part of a multidisciplinary care team here in the Treasure Valley, and being Idaho's only residency trained optometrist in neuro-optometry and vision therapy”.


Dr. Johnson is the official eye doctor of the Idaho Steelheads
















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With over 25 years of proven success, you can trust Advanced Vision Therapy Center to provide the care you need.

Our Clinical Director is Idaho's only residency trained optometrist in vision therapy and neuro-optometry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  His residency at University of California, Berkeley means he has the expertise and experience to treat even the most complex cases.

Read what our patients have to say.

  Vision therapy can be a bit unfamiliar to some people. We are going to begin this blog by discussing briefly when vision therapy is used. Many visual conditions can be effectively treated and managed with prescription glasses or contact lenses. However, for other visual conditions (convergence insufficiency, binocular vision dysfunction, etc) prescription glasses or contact lenses cannot correct the vision problem. It is in these cases that vision therapy may be prescribed.   ... Read More
  Many people are unaware of the differences between an optometrist, a neuro-optometrist, and a behavioral or developmental optometrist. Sure, they sound alike but the services they provide are quite different. And if you, or someone you know, has a vision problem that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses this blog is for you.   ... Read More
  At Advanced Vision Therapy Center our results speak for themselves. Jonah, however, wanted to share his story with you. We invite you to watch this short video to learn more about Jonah's experience and success.   ... Read More
  It's a dangerous world we live in today! With October upon us, people are thinking about spooky, creepy crawly things, and of course things that go bump in the night. Most ghoul hunters know that to protect themselves from the evil lurking in the shadows this time of year, they need the necessities such as garlic, silver bullets, a cross...you know, for protection.     ... Read More
  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a term used within the medical community to describe an injury to the brain which is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. Traumatic Brain Injury can be result from a blow to the head, whiplash, seizure disorders, tumors, stroke, toxic exposure, or infectious diseases to name a few. The incidence of prevalence of brain injury outnumbers breast cancer, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDs combined.   ... Read More
  Many people have heard of vision therapy, but don't know a lot about it. As with any type of therapy, the effectiveness of the program is dependent upon several factors. It is advisable to ask questions and do your homework. Vision therapy programs vary greatly from provider to provider.   ... Read More
  Everyday in our schools students are presented with information that they are required to look at, interpret, and process that information. For years it was believed that the eyes had nothing to do with learning. That is definitely not the case. Did you know it is estimated that 80% of what we learn is through visual information?     ... Read More
  Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common eye-teaming problem which occurs when the eyes are unable to maintain the ocular posture necessary for reading or near tasks. Convergence Insufficiency results from misalignment of the eyes when focusing on up close, such as when reading. The eyes have a strong tendency to drift outward when reading or doing close up work. The exact cause is unknown.    ... Read More
  After this abnormally tedious Boise winter, we are all ready to get outside and play in the sun! Hold on though, before you rush outside, have you taken the necessary precautions to protect yourself for ultraviolet rays? There are three types of ultraviolet rays, these wavelengths are not visible to the human eye and are shorter than violet wavelengths of light.    ... Read More
  Whether you are playing sports as a hobby or competitively there is a lot to consider. Are you using proper form? Is your equipment up to date? Are you warmed up? Are you wearing the appropriate safety gear? Is your opponent looking bigger and stronger than last time? Seriously, did he grow six inches? Whatever your thought process or preparation is you may be missing a key step. Are you wearing your protective eye-wear?   ... Read More
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7960 W. Rifleman Street, #155
Boise , Idaho , 83704 USA
Phone:  208-377-1310
Fax:  208-321-1952