Dr. Nicholas Despotidis

Dr. Despotidis (Dr. D) and his wife Teresa have two sons, Nicholas and Gregory. It was his children’s need for eyeglasses at very young ages that sparked his passion to investigate and address the growing number of children requiring eyeglasses. He is a pioneer in the use of custom contact lenses (orthokeratology), which are used to slow down the deterioration in the eyesight of children and young adults.  His TEDx talk, A Childhood Disease Worth Preventing, has been translated into 6 languages.

Dr. Despotidis graduated with honors from The State College of Optometry in New York and later completed a residency in Vision Therapy/Pediatric Vision.  He has published papers in optometric journals and is a frequent lecturer. He is also the lead author of the book, “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Children with Healthy Vision.

Dr. Despotidis is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (FAAOMC) and is a Board-Certified Fellow in Vision Therapy (FCOVD) with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.