Ryan 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 Vision, Neuro-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 dysfunction, neuro-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