Dr. Michael Early graduated from Northwestern University in 1983 with a BA in Biology (Anatomy and Physiology emphasis). He entered the Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1984. He was invited into the dual degree program and subsequently received his OD and MS in Physiological Optics in 1988. He graduated Summa cum Laude and was the recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa silver medal. Continuing his research in the laboratory of Dr. P.E King-Smith, Dr. Early received his PhD. in Physiological Optics in 1992. His dissertation was on the acquired visual losses associated with amblyopia. During his graduate studies, he was twice awarded the Ezell Fellowship from the American Optometric Foundation and the Auxiliary Fellowship from the American Optometric Association.
In 1988, he was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching by the Ohio State University and was inducted into the Academy of Teaching. He presently teaches courses in Anatomy, Histology, and Ocular Anatomy. He also serves as chief of the Binocular Vision and Pediatric Services and is chair of the Admissions Committee. Dr. Early is also active in clinical research and is involved with many multi-centered research projects including Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITTL), Amblyopia Treatment Study (ATS), and Vision in Preschooler (VIP) with other research project involved in understanding the role of visual deficits in children with reading disability. One current project involves collaborative research between optometry, audiology, educational psychology, and speech pathology (Interdisciplinary Sensory Processing in Reading Evaluation (INSPIRE)).
Dr. Early recently received the distinguished honor of “Educator of the Year” for 2013 from the American Optometric Association. He sees patients in our office on a limited basis. Although his specialty is children he also sees adults. Because of his limited hours, please call the office at 614-350-3505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Early. We do not schedule his appointments online.
Dr. Michael Early is a member of the American and Ohio Optometric Association and currently serves as the President of the Ohio Optometric Association.