Dr. Dan L. Fortenbacher
  • Saint Joseph, MI
  • United States
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Primative Reflexes...OTs want to know how assessed and treated from a developmental vision approach
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Maria Dobbertien Jun 17, 2010.

OTs want to know: How do we communicate to pediatricians on vision therapy
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Dan L. Fortenbacher Jun 18, 2010.


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Optometrist - specializing in binocular, developmental vision and therapy
Dr. Fortenbacher received his Doctor of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1979. He pursued rigorous post graduate study and became a Board Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 1987. Dr. Fortenbacher has lectured extensively on developmental and rehabilitative optometry and served as an examiner for the International Examination and Certification Board of COVD from 1999 to 2004. He has served in several leadership positions for the profession on the state and national level. He was elected President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2007. Dr. Fortenbacher is a Clinical Professor of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University where his practice is an externship location for 4th year students of MCO.

Dr. Fortenbacher interest for rehabilitative and developmental vision began early in his education while in graduate school, working with children and adults in an inner city clinic in Detroit, Michigan. Following graduation from The Michigan College of Optometry he continued in post-graduate studies. Inspired by pioneers in developmental vision and mentored by many other leaders in the specialty, Dr. Fortenbacher has developed a model of care that now serves as proven method for treatment of binocular, developmental and rehabilitative vision problems.

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How does it feel to have a vision-related reading problem?

How long will it take before children's vision-related reading problems really becomes a public awareness outcry? Maybe when more people understand how it feels. Take a look at this well done video just released by The VisionHelp and experience why many children don't like to read...

With your help more people will know how it feels...please pass it…


Posted on March 12, 2012 at 12:47am

Advocacy for Children...Parent Champion- Robin Benoit

The 41st Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development has now come to a close. The educational content was superb! In turn,  attending Doctors and Vision Therapists, who are the providers of this specialty vision care,…


Posted on October 31, 2011 at 10:01pm

Toni's Vision Therapy Video...Inspires Vision of Hope

As August begins the National Children’s Vision and Learning Month, the COVD Visions of Hope Campaign for patient video submissions is…


Posted on August 1, 2011 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment

Convergence Insufficiency a Patient Health Issue

This article was posted on The VisionHelp Blog today:

When over 21 million people in the United States are affected by a vision problem that can have serious consequences especially to a child’s quality of life, it begs the question…”Why?”


Studies show that Convergence Insufficiency affects about  1 in 12 children often causing headaches, poor concentration for reading tasks and even double vision. Yet, even…


Posted on July 28, 2011 at 11:38pm

Vision Therapy can give the competitive advantage!

Mack, who came into the office today for his vision therapy session, presented with some exciting news!

Mack is a bright young man who likes sports but (before vision therapy) was inconsistent in his batting. Mack struggled with a common binocular vision problem that affects 1:12 children and adults leading to headaches, transient blur and occasional double vision when…


Posted on July 22, 2011 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:02am on October 17, 2011, Celia Hinrichs said…
Thank you, Dan.  It looks like you continue to do wonderful work. Celia
At 3:45am on August 26, 2011, Nikki Lichtner said…

Thank you for your warm welcome message Dan. It's great to meet others with similar experiences and challenges. I'll be back soon for a good read!

At 10:24am on May 25, 2011, Robin Benoit said…

Thank you for the welcome!


At 9:37am on March 2, 2011, Dr. Bryce Appelbaum said…
Thanks Dan, looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!
At 4:57pm on December 6, 2010, Megan Howard, CCOA said…
Hi Dr. Fortenbacher,
I have been working as a vision therapist for the past 3 years in Calgary, (would LOVE to be certified, need a FCOVD). However when we shut down our department, I went back to working as a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant, but in an office in Northern Alberta (Grande Prairie). The closest VT to us is 5 hours away in Edmonton. We also have a LOT of people with binocular dysfunction. Only one of our 12 doctors is interested in pursuing VT. She's just finished her M.Ed this season, has done a couple externships in VT as well...and is hoping to present to the rest of the doctors that this is a viable and very valuable addition to our practice. I'm hoping that these Grande Prairie patients would be interested in starting vision therapy if we are approved!
At 11:21am on October 19, 2010, Bradley R. Meltzer said…
Thank you! I look forward to many interesting discussions!
At 10:34pm on August 23, 2010, Robert S. Fox said…
Her motivation was that her best friend just got glasses and everyone thinks she looks cute with them. My "technique" was splitting the chart with the red/green and putting red/green goggles on her. that seemed to confuse her enough that she started reading letters not knowing which eye she was using. Best case of fake amblyopia I have seen in years.
At 10:46am on May 14, 2010, Sam Caldwell said…
Thanks for being my first Sovoto friend Dr. Fortenbacher!
At 12:26pm on April 22, 2010, Melanie Bartek, OD said…
Thanks! Hopefully I will be able to figure out how this works. I looked at the site last night and watched some of the videos. It was really interesting!
At 8:44pm on April 19, 2010, Maria Dobbertien said…
I'm wondering if you could tell me how the Janet Goodrich Method plays into the therapy you do at wow. I'm thinking of purchasing the book "how to improve your child's eye sight naturally". What is your opinion?


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