Dr. Richard C. Laudon is a tenured Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry. He has worked at the College since 1975. Dr. Laudon is in his final chapter of employment at the New England College of Optometry. As one of our senior practicing optometrists, Dr. Laudon has the largest family patient following within the clinic. Many of the children that he treated in past years have become parents themselves and continue to come to him with their children. Asked what appeals to him about his profession as an eye doctor, he replied: “The most rewarding part of my job is being able to make a real difference in a child’s/patient’s quality of life.”
Dr. Laudon is an expert in pediatric visual-related learning problems and vision therapy. He has traveled not only nationwide, but also to Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Columbia to lectures in these areas. Dr. Laudon has spoken to parents, teachers, occupational therapists and other medical professionals on the importance of vision in our day-to-day functioning. His work has been widely published.
In the area of vision therapy, Dr. Laudon has developed a home-based training regimen that has helped patients decrease the number of clinical visits and the cost of actual therapy. His regimen emphasizes a minimum of twenty to thirty minutes of therapy per day for a minimal of five days per week. The patient is then seen on a bi-monthly basis for a three-month period of time. Improvement in a child’s performance is expected within a four to six week time frame. Although some patients may require more extensive therapy, Dr. Laudon stresses three months of intervention is the rule of thumb.