Kara Heying, O.D., FCOVD, is a fellowship trained Developmental Optometrist with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), and serves as vice president on the board of COVD. She consults on vision therapy related services for private practice optometrists through the Williams Consulting Group in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Heying developed and is the optometric director of the Children's Eye Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her clinic focus is on the needs of children and utilizes the latest vision therapy technologies and techniques to remediate vision deficits and advance visual performances.
Dr. Heying works in a collaborative manner with allied health professionals as well as teachers and tutors. Her experience practicing within a large pediatric therapy center focused on physical, occupational and speech therapy has cultivated an awareness and understanding of how vision and the therapeutic disciplines of occupational, physical and speech therapy complement each other for improved patient outcomes.
Dr. Heying graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1998 and the University of Kansas in 1994. Upon graduating from ICO, she received highest honors in the area of pediatric clinical training and also received the Cribb Scholarship for exemplary patient care performance. After graduating, she returned to her home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and began her private practice. She lectures locally, nationally and internationally on the connection between vision, processing and learning for health professionals, optometrists and teachers. She is married and has 3 young daughters.