Shelby Leach, OD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Primary Care
Section Chief for Pediatrics


Dr. Shelby Leach received her Doctor of Optometry degree from University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Upon graduation, she completed a residency at UC Berkeley in Pediatrics/Primary Care, where she received advanced training in pediatrics, infant vision, children with disabilities, primary care, and myopia management. Dr. Leach joined SUNY College of Optometry faculty in July of 2018. She is the Section Chief of Pediatrics and supervises fourth year students in the Primary Care Pediatrics, Infant Vision Care, Children with Special Needs, and Myopia Management clinics. She created the Pediatrics Microcredential Program, where students gain advanced experience in a particular specialty. Dr. Leach serves as the co-Instructor of Record of the Advanced Topics in Pediatric Ocular Disease elective. In addition to clinical and didactic responsibilities, Dr. Leach participates as a masked examiner for PEDIG clinical research studies. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and current President of the SUNYCO Local Society.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • BS, Biological Sciences , Arizona State University, 2013

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Pediatrics/Primary Care - University of California, Berkeley, 2018


  • California State Licensure - , 2018
  • New York State Licensure - , 2018


  • Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, 2017

Professional Experience

  • Section Chief of Pediatrics, SUNY College of Optometry, 2022 - Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry , 2018 - Present

Teaching Interests

-Children with disabilities
-Infant vision
-Pediatric ocular disease
-Public health
-Myopia management

Research Interests

-Vision screenings
-Pediatrics including PEDIG studies
-Community health
-Myopia management

Clinical Interests

-Children with disabilities
-Infant vision (InfantSEE provider)
-Pediatric ocular disease
-Myopia management


  • Actual Visual Acuity Demands in the Classroom, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus 58 (1): 48-54 48-54, 2021


  • Rapid Fire: Amblyopia Management – Current Practice & Emerging Trends, 2022
  • Rapid Fire: Amblyopia Management – When Glasses Aren’t Enough, 2021
  • Rapid Fire: Myopia Management, 2020
  • Red Eye, White Pupil: Differential Diagnosis in the Pediatric Population, 2020
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