This website was originally developed by Dr. Mary McMains and Dr. Elizabeth Davis to fulfill their master thesis requirements from the Pacific University, College of Education.
Visionandlearning.org is now privately maintained by Dr. McMains and Makakumu Enterprises and has evolved and grown over the past 9 years. Our mission is to raise awareness about the important relationship between vision and learning in hopes that we can help those individuals that go undiagnosed with vision related learning problems. Our goal is to educate parents and teachers to recognize the signs and symptoms of visual dysfunctions and to promote vision development, prevention of visual dysfunction and annual comprehensive vision exams for all.
NOTE: The educational content on these pages is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a licensed health care professional. If you need to seek direct medical device, please refer to our Find a Doctor help page.
If you have any further questions or would like to contact us, please click on the link or image at the bottom of this page to email us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Mary McMains, O.D., M.Ed., F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. McMains was born and primarily raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her Bachelor degree in Pre-Optometry studies before studying at Pacific University College of Optometry and College of Education on scholarship. Dr. McMains concurrently received her Doctorate of Optometry Degree and Master of Education, Visual Function in Learning Degree from Pacific University. She is an active member of the following organizations: American Optometric Association (AOA), AOA Sports Vision Chapter, AOA's Children's/Binocular Vision Topical Interest Group, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International (NORA), Texas Optometric Association (TOA), Parents Awareness for Vision Education (PAVE), and Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society.
Dr. McMains was recognized for her achievements in vision therapy with the COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy in 2000. In 2006, she earned her Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and is now board certified in vision therapy.
Dr. McMains practiced behavioral optometry in California for 7 years and was affiliated with the Insight Vision Center, a non-profit organization in San Diego dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive vision examinations and vision therapy to those patients who would normally not have access to such services. The Insight Vision Center offers scholarships to patients in need of financial assistance with the goal of providing students with the necessary visual abilities for learning. For more information about scholarships or donation, see www.insightvision.org.
Dr. McMains, her husband, a vision therapist for over 10 years, and two children re-located to the Greater Houston area in 2007. She currently accepts patients at Child and Family Eye Care located in Magnolia, Texas.