Deborah Amster O.D., FAAO, FCOVD graduated with the Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2001. She went on to practice as an independent Doctor of Optometry in Long Island, NY until 2002. Dr. Amster then completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision at the NSU College of Optometry in 2003. She is currently a full time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University and holds the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Amster’s publications include several posters presented at the AAO, AOA, COVD and SECO, as well as articles in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry and Review of Optometry http://www.revoptom.com/content/d/vision_therapy/i/1564/c/29363/. She was an active participant on the CITT, CITT-RS and CITT-ART studies and has been, and continues to be, a participant on several PEDIG studies. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two HPD funded studies entitled: “The Inheritance of Congenital Stationary Night Blindness and Ocular Albinism in One Family” and “Monocular Stereopsis in Individuals with Strabismus”. She was also a coinvestigator on the CICADA study at Nova. In addition, she authored a chapter entitled ‘Diagnosis and treatment of vision information processing disorders’ in the book Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Special Needs Patient and a chapter entitled ‘Anisometropic hyperopic amblyopia’ in the book Vision Therapy: Success Stories from Around the World (Volume 1).
Dr. Amster is a fellow of both the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and The American Academy of Optometry. She was previously the Co-Chair of the Associate to Fellowship Committee of COVD. She is currently a member of the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) of COVD. She is also a Co-National Faculty Liaison of COVD and NSU’s co-faculty liaison. Dr. Amster’s particular areas of interest include visual perceptual dysfunction and learning related vision disorders, preschool vision screening and exams, and vision training.
Her current teaching responsibilities at NSU’s College of Optometry include: instructor of record for Pediatric Optometry and Learning Related Vision Problems Laboratory, guest lecturer for Pediatric Optometry and Learning Related Vision Problems Lecture, instructor in Anomalies of Binocular Vision Lab II and Optometry Theory and Methods Lab I, and clinical preceptor for 3rd and 4th year interns at the NSU Eye Clinics.
Dr. Amster was awarded the Faculty Golden Apple Teaching award for Pediatrics & Binocular Vision by NSU College of Optometry’s 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 graduating classes