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A Letter To Our Patients From Dr. Earley

To my North Star patients:

I hope this note finds you all doing very well and staying safe during this very unusual time.

This note is definitely one of those “good news/bad news” letters for me to write.

I am sad to say that I will no longer be seeing patients at North Star Vision Center. As many of you know, I work full time at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. The current health crisis has impacted every walk of life including higher education. We are working hard to develop innovative teaching and clinical solutions in the midst of this crisis that allows our students to continue their education. These demands on my time have made it impossible for me to continue seeing patients at North Star. After over 18 years at this office, I have gotten to know so many of you and your families so well, and I have loved catching up with you and our conversations during your appointments.

The good news is that I am very happy to report that Steven Manning OD, MS will be taking over as the doctor at North Star Vision Center. I have worked extensively with Dr. Manning as he went through his optometric training at The Ohio State University College of Optometry including working with him during his rotations through his pediatric and binocular vision training.  His passion and skills in those areas were so high that he was recruited to continue his education at our college and he subsequently finished a post-doctoral two year advanced fellowship training in the areas of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision.  He received his master’s degree this spring after finishing a longitudinal functional MRI study analyzing changes in the brain after undergoing vision therapy.  I know that you will find Dr. Manning to be very passionate, very friendly and very competent.  Dr. Manning will be in the office three full days a week which will provide greater flexibility in scheduling your appointments.

Thank you for the privilege of being your eye care professional. It has been an honor and I will miss you. I am confident that Dr. Manning will continue to provide you a level of care that I hope you are used to receiving, and one you deserve.  Please take care!

-Mike Earley


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.