President, Appelbaum Vision Maryland State Director/Coordinator; Fellow of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Dr Stan Appelbaum is a graduate of The University of Maryland and The Illinois College of Optometry. He completed a residency in Optometric Vision Therapy at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry. He was director of The Vision Therapy Clinic at The Optometric Center of Maryland, Baltimore City Health Department.
Dr. Appelbaum has served as the Maryland State Director of The Optometric Extension Program, an international behavioral vision education and research organization, and he is currently the Maryland State Director/Coordinator and a Fellow of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the optometric organization that certifies doctors as specialists in vision therapy.
He has been in private practice with his wife, Barbara Bassin, OTR, BCP for over 30 years in Bethesda and Annapolis, Maryland, combining vision therapy with sensory integration occupational therapy in the same office. He specializes in working with infants, special needs, children on the autistic spectrum, developmentally delayed, and learning disabled/ADD/ADHD children, adults with visual fatigue/reading difficulties, and practices functional and developmental concepts in his approach to treating vision problems and enhancing vision skills and abilities. He lectures on topics related to infant vision development, visual/vestibular assessment and treatment, traumatic brain injury, stroke, concussion, visually related learning difficulties, strabismus, amblyopia, the visual demands of computer use, and sports vision.
Dr. Stan Appelbaum is especially proud to practice with his son, Dr. Bryce Appelbaum, both graduates of the same Optometry School, The Illinois College of Optometry and both Board Certified in Vision Therapy by The College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Southern College of Optometry, in partnership with Dr. Stan Appelbaum, recently started the first residency program in vision therapy/rehabilitative optometry in a private practice in Dr. Appelbaum’s Bethesda and Annapolis, Maryland offices.
Stan is a member of the VisionHelp Group, an association of leading Developmental Vision Specialists in private practice in the United States. Many of the members are University Professors, have written textbooks and frequently lecture on various aspects of vision treatment vision improvement programs and vision therapy. The members of the VisionHelp Group meet regularly to share experiences and discuss the latest developments and best practices in their field.
Dr. Appelbaum has served on the Board of Sensory Integration International and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Southern College of Optometry and has medical staff privileges at The Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland and The National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC, where he treats patients with visual problems associated with brain injury.
Dr. Stan Appelbaum has over 35 years experience as a behavioral optometrist and is primarily concerned with prevention, treatment, remediation, and enhancement of the visual system for his patients to achieve optimal function and quality of life.