Myoung-Hee (Esther) Han, OD

Associate Clinical Professor
Vision Rehabilitation
Vision Rehabilitation (Brain Injury Emphasis) Residency Program Supervisor

Bio

Dr. Han specializes in neuro-optometric rehabilitation with a clinical interest in the evaluation and management of Visual Snow Syndrome. Serving as a full-time Associate Clinical Professor and the Residency Program Supervisor for the Vision Rehabilitation (Brain Injury Emphasis) Residency, she is involved in both the didactic and clinical training of optometric students, externs, and residents within the Vision Rehabilitation Service as well as seeing patients.

Dr. Han is well-published, having co-authored poster presentations, several peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters related to vision therapy, pediatrics, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. She has lectured domestically and internationally in China and Italy in the areas of acquired brain injury and vision therapy. She has been invited to speak about “Vision Deficits and Acquired Brain Injury” to interdisciplinary rehabilitation specialists at the North Shore-LIJ (now Northwell) Transitions of Long Island Annual Symposium, Burke Rehabilitation Center in Westchester, and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Han received her Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University in 1995. An alumna of SUNY College of Optometry, she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 and subsequently completed her Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at in 2002. Dr. Han attained her fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in 2005 and in the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in 2011. Dr. Han attained her diplomate with the American Board of Optometry (ABO) in 2013. Dr. Han was a member of the COVD International Exam and Certification Board (IECB) from 2014-2021 and a board member for the Eastern States Optometric Congress (ESOC) from 2013-2020.

Education

  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 2001
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences - Neurobiology and Behavior, Minor in Asian Studies, Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, 1995

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • FCOVD - COVD, 2023
  • Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation - Array, 2002
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Certifications

  • Optometry License - TUV006430 - New York State, 2001

Awards/Honors

  • Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Best Article, 2nd Place Certificate, 2001
  • Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, 2001
  • Dr. Frederick W. Brock Memorial Award, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Associate Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry, 2012 - Present
  • International Exam Certification Board (IECB), COVD, 2014 - 2021
  • Eastern States Optometric Congress (ESOC) Committee Member, OEP - ESOC, 2013 - 2020
  • Private Practice (Part-time), Susan Fisher, OD PLLC, 2012 - 2016
  • Fellowship Mentor, COVD, 2006 - 2014
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry, 2002 - 2012
  • Private Practice (Part-time), Long Island Optometric Vision Development, PLLC, 2002 - 2012
  • Academic Service Committee (ASC) Member, COVD, 2004 - 2010
  • National Faculty Liaison (NFL), Academic Service Committee Member, COVD, 2006 - 2009
  • Clinical Practice Committee Member, COVD, 2004 - 2004

Teaching Interests

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation
Vision Therapy
Visual Snow Syndrome

Research Interests

Acquired Brain Injury
Visual Snow Syndrome

Clinical Interests

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation
Acquired Brain Injury
Vision Therapy
Visual Snow Syndrome

Publications

  • Chapter 7: Ocular motility in children, 97-125 97-125, 2022
  • Visual Snow Syndrome: Evolving Neuro-Optometric Considerations in Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. , Concussion 6 (2): published online published online, 2021
  • Visual snow syndrome: evolving neuro-optometric considerations in concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Concussion 6 (2): 2021
  • Chapter 19: Assessing stereopsis and fusion, 354-378 354-378, 2020
  • Primary chromatic filter treatment in a concussion patient: Traditional and contemporary approaches, Vision Development and Rehabilitation 6 (1): 26-31 26-31, 2020
  • Pediatric Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS): a case series., Vision Development & Rehabilitation 5 (3): 187-193 187-193, 2019
  • Acquired Brain Injury and Rehabilitation, 203-219 203-219, 2019
  • Chapter 1.28: Intermittent exotropia, divergence excess type, 118-121 118-121, 2019
  • Chapter 1.29: Duane retraction syndrome, 122-126 122-126, 2019
  • Chapter 6: The role of neuro-optometric rehabilitation, 89-134 89-134, 2019
  • Vision-based concussion/mild traumatic brain injury diagnostic tests/biomarkers: An update and reappraisal., Vision Development & Rehabilitation 5 (3): 187-193 187-193, 2019
  • Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS): An evolving neuro-optometric clinical perspective., Vision Development & Rehabilitaion 5 (2): 75-82 75-82, 2019
  • Characteristics and management of vertical deviations in an urban academic clinic: A retrospective analysis., Vision Development & Rehabilitation 2 (2): 123-131 123-131, 2016
  • The role of suppression in amblyopia: A literature review., Vision Development & Rehabilitation 2 (1): 54-67 54-67, 2016
  • Photosensitivity in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI): A retrospective analysis., Brain Injury 28 (10): 1283-1287 1283-1287, 2014
  • Use of yoked prisms in patients with acquired brain injury: A retrospective analysis., Brain Injury 28 (11): 1441-1446 1441-1446, 2014
  • Optometric management of persistent diplopia status post scleral buckle surgery: Two Case Studies., Optometry and Visual Performance 1 (5): 171-174 171-174, 2013
  • Distance perception in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)., Optometry 83 (4): 127-136 127-136, 2012
  • Vision therapy for basic exotropia in adults: 2 case studies. Optometry., Optometry 82 (8): 467-474 467-474, 2011
  • Profile of selected aspects of visually-symptomatic individuals with acquired brain injury: a retrospective study., Journal of Behavioral Optometry 19 (1): 7-10 7-10, 2008
  • Medications prescribed to brain injury patients: a retrospective analysis. Optometry., Optometry 79 252-258 252-258, 2008
  • The frequency of occurrence, types, and characteristics of visual field defects in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis., Optometry 79 59-65 59-65, 2008
  • Vision therapy for oculomotor dysfunction in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis. Optometry., Optometry 79 (1): 18-22 18-22, 2008
  • Chapter 8: The role of the neuro-rehabilitation optometrist, 146-175 146-175, 2007
  • Frequency of occurrence and treatment of ocular disease in symptomatic individuals with acquired brain injury: a clinical management perspective., Journal Behavioral Optometry 18 (2): 31-36 31-36, 2007
  • Occurrence of oculomotor dysfunctions in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis., Optometry 78 (4): 155-161 155-161, 2007
  • Chapter 17: Clinical tests of fusion and stereopsis, 291-312 291-312, 2006
  • Occurrence of ocular disease in traumatic brain injury in a selected sample: a retrospective analysis., Brain Injury 20 (10): 1079-1086 1079-1086, 2006
  • Occurrence of ocular disease in traumatic brain injury in a selected sample: A retrospective analysis, Brain Injury 20 (10): 1079-1086 1079-1086, 2006
  • Pharmacological agents commonly prescribed to patients with acquired brain injury, Journal of Optometry and Vision Development 34 (3): 119-125 119-125, 2003
  • Chapter 46: Evaluation and treatment of visual dysfunction, 680-701 680-701, 2001

Presentations

  • Effect of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) on retinal ganglion cell function and pupil response, 2022
    Paper
  • A summary of the SUNY residency programs within the Vision Rehabilitation Service at the University Eye Center, 2022
    Poster
  • Managing patients with post-concussion syndrome plateauing during therapy, 2022
    Poster
  • The acceleration of oculomotor nerve palsy recovery with vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) based rehabilitation therapy, 2022
    Poster
  • 1st Year Integrative Seminar Guest Lecture , 2022
    Lecture
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, 2022
    Lecture
  • Neuro-Optometric Approach to Managing Patients with Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS), 2022
    Lecture
  • Optic atrophy secondary to measles, 2021
    Poster
  • Visual sequelae of decompensated trochlear nerve and Convergence Insufficiency post-COVID-19, 2021
    Poster
  • Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Grand Rounds , 2021
    Other
  • Binasal occlusion in the management of a patient with acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis, 2021
    Poster
  • Long term concussion-like symptoms in post-COVID infection: A case study, 2021
    Poster
  • Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS) management: Grand rounds, 2020
    Lecture
  • BV-06: Prescribing prism for non-strabismics, 2020
    Lecture
  • Neuro-optometric rehabilitation management of the pediatric patient with Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS), 2020
    Poster
  • Neuro-optometric rehabilitation of visual sequelae due to left thalamic stroke, 2020
    Poster
  • Neuro-optometric diagnosis and rehabilitation in patients with Visual Snow Syndrome (VSS), 2020
    Lecture
  • Current case presentations in function vision care , 2019
    Lecture
  • Current case presentations in function vision care., 2019
    Lecture
  • Neuro-optometric management of diplopia associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 2019
    Poster
  • To demonstrate the functional utility of colorimetric therapeutic intervention in a patient with VSS following brain surgery., 2019
    Poster
  • Etiology and management of eye strain., 2019
    Other
  • mTBI – scientific research basis for patient symptoms, 2019
    Poster
  • mTBI – can it be rehabilitated? A representative case analysis, 2019
    Oral Presentation
  • Your patient hits their head: Top 5 things to remember..., 2019
    Oral Presentation
  • Effectiveness of chromatic filters in digital devices in relieving visual symptoms in a patient with history of multiple concussions, 2019
    Poster
  • Management of non-comitant hypertropia and exotropia following double scleral buckle surgery: a case report., 2019
    Poster
  • Optometric management considerations of two unique Duane’s Syndrome cases, 2019
    Poster
  • Special considerations when performing vision therapy for field loss on children with acquired brain injury., 2019
    Poster
  • Differentiating Functional Visual Symptoms: Is It from an Acquired Brain Injury or from an Undiagnosed Autoimmune Condition? , 2018
    Poster
  • Using the functional color fields test in the management of functional vision deficits., 2018
    Lecture
  • Current case presentations in function vision care, 2018
    Lecture
  • Treatment of convergence and accommodation anomalies., 2018
    Other
  • Early functional deficits seen with progressive external ophthalmoplegia in Kearns-Sayre syndrome. , 2018
    Poster
  • What’s making him tick? Visual sequela of an acquired brain injury masquerading a life-threatening infection., 2018
    Poster
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, 2018
    Other
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, 2018
    Other
  • Optometric vision therapy and myopia progression, 2018
    Lecture
  • Vision rehabilitation for acquired brain injury, 2018
    Lecture
  • Post-Traumatic Vision Related Headaches, 2017
    Lecture
  • Current case presentations in function vision care, 2017
    Lecture
  • 11-year-old patient with retinitis pigmentosa mistaken for a malingerer: lessons learned, 2017
    Poster
  • Alternative treatment modality in the management of post-surgical esotropia with anomalous correspondence, 2017
    Poster
  • Delayed auditory temporal processing development contributes to visual information processing deficits., 2017
    Poster
  • Designing optometric vision therapy for basic exotropia: quantification of techniques emphasized in the final phases of training., 2017
    Poster
  • Neuro-optometric management of post-concussion visual sequela resulting from non-head sports injuries in adolescents, 2017
    Poster
  • Expanding the Scope Part I: Treating Special Populations in Your Practice, 2016
    Lecture
  • Optometric vision therapy for sensory and motor fusion mismatch in consecutive exotropia, 2016
    Poster
  • Triaging the Strabismic Patient, 2015
    Other
  • Photosensitivity in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI): A retrospective analysis, 2014
    Poster
  • Strabismus & Amblyopia Grand Rounds , 2014
    Lecture
  • Vision Deficits and Acquired Brain Injury, 2014
    Other
  • Vision Deficits and Acquired Brain Injury, 2013
    Lecture
  • A retrospective analysis of the optometric use of yoked prisms in patients with acquired brain injury., 2013
    Paper
  • Optometric management of intermittent exotropia of the divergence excess type post strabismus surgery, 2013
    Poster
  • Vision Deficits and Acquired Brain Injury, 2013
    Lecture
  • Characteristics and management of vertical oculomotor deviations: A retrospective analysis, 2012
    Poster
  • Diagnosis and management of a pediatric patient with infantile nystagmus. , 2012
    Poster
  • Case Review: Refractive Amblyopia, 2012
    Other
  • Considerations for strabismus surgery in patients with vestibular dysfunctions, 2011
    Poster
  • Optometric management of persistent diplopia status-post scleral buckle surgery, 2011
    Poster
  • Distance perception in mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), 2010
    Poster
  • Sensory adaptation considerations in strabismics: A case report focusing on horror fusionalis, 2010
    Poster
  • Advanced optometric treatment modalities in the management of acquired case cyclorotary nystagmus, 2010
    Poster
  • Optometric vision therapy in management of monocular elevation deficit: a case report, 2008
    Poster
  • Characteristics of visual field defects in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis, 2008
    Poster
  • Vision Deficits and Acquired Brain Injury , 2008
    Other
  • Oculomotor vision therapy in acquired brain injury: a retrospective approach., 2007
    Poster
  • Oculomotor rehabilitation in acquired brain injury, 2007
    Poster
  • Developmental considerations in the optometric management of an adolescent with acquired brain injury, 2006
    Poster
  • Occurrence of ocular motor dysfunction in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis, 2006
    Poster
  • Occurrence of ocular disease in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis., 2005
    Poster
  • Medications prescribed to brain injury patients and their effects on the progress of vision rehabilitation: a retrospective analysis, 2005
    Poster
  • Medications prescribed to brain injury patients: a retrospective analysis, 2005
    Poster
  • Occurrence of ocular disease in acquired brain injury: a retrospective analysis, 2005
    Poster
  • Review of Systemic Etiologies for Functional Vision Disorders, 2003
    Lecture

Services

University

  • 2022 - Present : Faculty Course and Standing Committee - At-Large Member
  • 2011 - Present : Committee on Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Aid Member - Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2014 : Curriculum Committee - At-Large Member
  • 2010 - 2014 : Faculty Course and Standing Committee - At-Large Member
  • 2007 - 2014 : Admissions Committee - Committee Member
  • Array - 2013 : Assistant Director of Admissions Search Committee - Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2012 : Career Development Center Director Search Committee - Committee Member
  • 2010 - 2010 : Vision Rehabilitation Service Chief - Committee Member
  • 2009 - 2010 : Student Admissions and Services Working Group - Working Group Member

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