DR. CAROLE L. HONG
OD, FCOVD

Dr. Hong is residency trained in pediatrics and vision therapy from the State University of New York and board certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). COVD is an international organization, which helps to educate, advocate and certify optometrists and therapist in developmental vision care and vision therapy. That's where her initials, FCOVD, come from as she is a Fellow of the College of Optometristin Vision Development.  She served on their board of directors for over 10 years, and was then elected and has been serving on their International Certification and Examination Board for the past two terms and is starting her last.

A popular national speaker, Dr. Hong provides lectures, workshops and in-services for patients, parents, educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, optometrists and others involved in the care of patients and students.
Dr. Hong regularly participates in post-graduate training to ensure she stays at the top of her fields and enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities, especially patients who struggle with learning, those with head injuries and concussions, strabimus (eye turns) and amblyopia (lazy eye), athletes wanting to improve their game, and those with special needs (CP, Autism Spectrum, Gifted and ADHD).  She has a passion for working with patients whose lives are transformed with the use of corneal reshaping lenses, contact lenses, Lasik surgery, or vision therapy. Her goal is to ensure patients have optimal vision for school, work, sports and life.

As a current adjunct clinical professor at State University of New York and Southern California College of Optometry, a past clinical faculty member at UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Hong continues to take an active part in educating optometric interns in newest treatment options and technologies in vision therapy and behavioral/developmental/functional vision care.  Dr. Hong is past chairperson of COVD’s Tour of Optometry Schools Program which brings doctor-speakers and fosters open communication between COVD and the faculty and administrators at colleges and schools of optometry across the country. She also stays involved with mentoring students as part of the Bay Area Optometric Council Mentoring Program​.


Other professional affiliations include: San Mateo Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, AOA Sports and Rehabilitation Section, California Optometric Association, Optometric Extension Program, American Academy of Optometry, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Carole Hong was born in San Mateo, California and earned her undergraduate degree from The University of California at Berkeley.  She earned her doctorate from Southern California College of Optometry, followed by a two-year residency in Vision Therapy and Pediatrics at The State University of New York (SUNY), College of Optometry, where she helped start the Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Victim Rehabilitation Clinic, taught courses in vision therapy and coordinated school screenings.


Dr. Hong began her private practice career with Dr. Leonard Press, one of the foremost developmental practitioners in the nation, at his practice in Fairlawn, New Jersey.  She continues to work closely with Dr. Press as they remain affiliated through the Vision Help Group (www.visionhelp.com), an association of leading experts in developmental vision care, many who are university professors, have written textbooks and frequently lecture on various aspects of vision treatment and vision therapy.


Dr. Hong enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, whether it be cheering for them on the basketball court or spending time together hiking, skiing, camping, attending shows, cooking, playing board games, working on puzzles or traveling.  She recently returned from another VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) trip to the Philippines where she and her colleagues, along with 23 UC Berkeley Optometry Students, saw over 2500 patients and provided eyewear donated by patients and the Lion’s Club to patients in need.

When asked why she became an eye doctor, she remarked, “I have a passion for helping people improve their quality of life. By improving their vision, I can improve all facets of their lives, whether it be at work or home, in school, or during sports and recreation. By spending extra time with each of my patients, getting to know their individual needs and offering the latest examination methods and treatment choices, I will provide them with the BEST possible vision care.”