William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA

Patricia V. Smith, BA 2023 Conf.

Director, Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation. Guilford, Ct
Gaylord Hospital, staff appointment, Wallingford, CT 1992-
Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut, staff appointment, Hartford, Connecticut, 1995-
Salus University of Health Sciences College of Optometry, Associate Professor
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry, Adjunct Faculty

Peri-papillary Ischemia as a Potential Screening Biomarker for Early Detection of Tick-borne Infection


William V. Padula OD SFNAP FAAO FNORA is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International (NORA), and the National Academy of Practice.

Dr. Padula completed a fellowship at the Gesell Institute where he was also Director of Vision Research.  He was the founding Chairman of the Low Vision Section for the American Optometric Association, and the founding President of NORA.  Dr. Padula was appointed the National Consultant in Low Vision Services for the American Foundation for the Blind.  He is the Past Chairperson of the National Academy of Practice in Optometry and served as Treasurer of the National Academy of Practice (NAP) of which he has been honored as Senior Fellow.

Dr. Padula founded the first low vision clinic at the Zhongshan Eye Research Hospital in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, which was named in his honor. He lectures and consults internationally.

Dr. Padula has authored numerous publications including three books and he is the primary author of a chapter on vision in Brain Injury Medicine.  Dr. Padula is an inventor. He has recently been awarded the Most Innovative Rehabilitation Technology Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine (ACRM) for 2021 and the Bright Ideas Pitch competition from the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) for his patented invention NeurOpTrek. He has been awarded twelve U.S. patents for instruments related to vision.

Dr. Padula is on staff at both The Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut and Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut, and he Director of the Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation in Guilford, Connecticut. He was honored to be chosen Connecticut Optometrist of the Year in 2009 by his colleagues in the Connecticut Association of Optometrists.

As a researcher, Dr. Padula has discovered Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) and Visual Midline Shift Syndrome (VMSS) affecting persons with neurological events. He is actively involved in research for Lyme related disease and has discovered visual biomarkers in the eye and brain of tick-borne infection that serves as a means for optometrists, ophthalmologists and physicians to make early diagnosis.


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