Dr.photoDr. Politzer, a Colorado native, set up practice in 1981 after graduating Magna Cum Laude and With Distinction from Pacific University College of Optometry. His areas of expertise include vision rehabilitation for patients with neurological disorders, contact lenses, family practice, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, and low vision for the partially sighted.

Dr. Politzer has had extensive post graduate education. He received his Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 1992 and his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 1994. He has received honors from Outstanding Young Men in America, Who’s Who in America and Bausch and Lomb. He is a member of several local and national optometric societies.

Dr. Politzer has lectured nationally and internationally in the fields of Brain Injury, Sports Vision and Macular Degeneration Research. He has taught in the fields of Vision Rehabilitation and Contact Lenses. He is on staff at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and consults with several others.

Dr. Politzer is an avid athlete. He enjoys running, cycling, skiing, hiking and fitness activities. He is married to Joni, and lives in Golden, Colorado.

EDUCATION:

Pacific University College of Optometry, 1977 – 1981 – Doctor of Optometry, Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Pacific University College of Optometry, 1979  – Bachelor of Science
University of Colorado, 1973 – 1977 – Bachelor of Arts

LICENSURE:

Colorado 99110599
DEA MP0140107
ESP Certified Glaucoma and Anterior Uveitis

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION:

1994 Fellow American Academy of Optometry
1992 Fellow College of Optometrists in Vision Development
1988 Board Certified Ocular Therapeutics

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:

1993 Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital
1996 Mediplex Rehabilitation Hospital
2001 Craig Rehabilitation Hospital
2008 Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital
2009 Swedish Hospital
2010 Boulder Community Hospital

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES:

2012 to Present Team Implantable Miniature Telescope
2012 to Present Instructor Neuro-Ophthalmology Mayo
1981 to Present Private Optometric Practice
2002 to Present Member Colorado Neurological Institute
1991 to 1998 Consultant to Heritage Rehabilitation Hospital
1985 to Present Consultant to Learning Services Rehabilitation Center
1989 Consultant to United States Special Forces Elite Anti-Terrorist Group
1989 Consultant to Denver Broncos
1985 – 1988 Consultant United States Olympic Committee
1987 Consultant University of Colorado Basketball
1983 – 1985 Clinical Instructor Colorado Optometric Center

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

Hospital Based Acute Rehabilitation for Patients with Neurologic Injury. June, 2013. St. David’s Austin, Texas
Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. May, 2013, Mayo Phoenix.
Evaluation and Management of Visual and Perceptual Impairments Following Acuired Brain Injury. April, 2013. Detroit Institute of Rehabilitation.
Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. March, 2012, Mayo Phoenix.
Vision Rehabilitation in an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital. January, 2012. Craig Hospital Meeting of the Minds.
Benefits, Rewards and Inventions from Working in an Acute Care Rehabilitation Hospital. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Annual Meeting March 2010.
Examination and Management of Vision Problems Following Neurologic Disease and Injury. University of Colorado School of Medicine. April 2009.
Evaluation and Treatment of Visual Needs in Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis National Meeting, May 2008
Examination and Rehabilitation for Patients with Head Injury, Stroke and Neurological Problems. Contemporary Forums, Brain Injury Conference. May 2007
Clinical Evaluation and Management of Visual and Perceptual Impairments Following Acuired Brain Injury: A Hands On Approach. Craig Hospital June 2006.
Vision Exam and Treatment for Patients with Dizziness and Imbalance. IRB Solutions Teaching Conerence. November 2004
Examination and Rehabilitation for Patients with Head Injury, Stroke and Neurological Problems. Contemporary Forums, Neurotrauma Care, Brain Injury Conference. May 2004
Vision Exam and Treatment for the Low Vision Patient. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. September 2003
Low Vision Intervention for Patients with TBI. Brain Injury Association of Colorado. October 2003.
Vision Examination and Rehabilitation for Patients with Double Vision. NORA Annual Multidisciplinary Conference. March 2002
Vision Examination and Rehabilitation for Patients with Head Injury, Stroke and Neurological Problems. Craig Rehabilitation Hospital. February 2001
Visual Dysfunction, Treatment and Return to Driving in Patients with Stroke. Spalding Stroke Symposium. January 2001
Vision Examination and Rehabilitation for Patients with Head Injury, Stroke and Other Neurological Problems. Colorado Rehabilitation Nurses Group Annual Conference. April 1998
Low Vision Rehabilitation. Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. April 1998
Vision Rehabilitation for the Therapist. Optometric Rehabilitation. April 1998
Examination and Treatment of the Neurologically Challenged Athlete. International Academy of Sports Vision Symposia. May 1997
Sports Vision Enhancement Training for the High School Athlete. Colorado High School Athletic Trainers, Columbia Sports Medicine. May 1997
Treatment of Diplopia in Patients with Acute Neurological Onset. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Symposia. February 1997
Vision Examination and Rehabilitation for Neurologically Challenged Patients. Learning Services Rocky Mountain Region. May 1996
Vision Rehabilitation Techniques for Neurologically Challenged Patients. Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. May 1996
Neuro-Optometric Applications in Treating Diplopia. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Annual Symposium, May 1996
Skill Development in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Annual Symposium, May 1996
Vision Examination and Rehabilitation for Neurologically Challenged Patients CAER Annual Conference, April, 1996
Vision Examination and Rehabilitation for Patients with Head Injuries, Stroke and Other Neurologically Compromising Conditions. Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Hospital, August 1995.
Functional Application of Lenses and Prisms for the Rehabilitation of Neurologically Challenged Patients. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Annual Symposia, San Antonio, Texas, April 1995
Functional Vision Screening and Remediation for Persons with Stroke, Head Injury and Other Neurologically Compromising Conditions. Occupational Therapists Association of Colorado, State Meeting, 1994.
Visual Dysfunction and Remediation in Patients with Closed Head Injuries. Medical Staff of Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, 1993.
Preliminary Findings on the Use of Electrical Stimulation for Field Enhancement in Traumatically Brain Injured Patients. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Washington D.C., 1993.
Preliminary Findings on the Use of Electrical Stimulation for Headache, Field Enhancement, and Visual Acuity in Macular Degeneration. American Optometric Association National Conference, Montreal, Canada, 1992.
Optometric Intervention in the Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. Heart of America, Kansas City, Missouri, 1991.
Optometric Intervention in the Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. Nebraska State Optometric Association, Kearney, Nebraska, 1990.
Sports Vision Testing and Training. Heart of America, Kansas City, Missouri, 1989.
Sports Vision Testing and Training. Wyoming State Optometric Association. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1988.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Colorado Neurological Institute
Vestibular Disorders Association
American Optometric Association
Colorado Optometric Association
American Academy of Optometry
College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association
Optometric Extension Program

COMMITTEE OFFICES HELD:

Primary Member, Medical Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Colorado Division of Workers Compensation, 2012
Primary Member, Medical Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Colorado Division of Workers Compensation, 2008
Primary Member, Medical Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Traumatic
Brain Injury, Colorado Division of Workers Compensation, 2004
President – Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, 1998
Primary Member, Columbia Hospital Task Force – Hospital Privileges for Optometrists, 1998
Primary Member, Medical Treatment Guidelines for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Colorado Division of Workers Compensation, 1996
Vice President, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, 1994 -1998
Council, Advisory Board Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, 1992 through present
Trustee, Colorado Optometric Association, 1988 – 1990

PUBLICATIONS:

Guest Editor, Special Issue: Vision Disturbance after Traumatic Brain Injury. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
Co-author: The Vision Clinic: An interdisciplinary method for assessment and treatment of vision problems after traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
Co-author: Vision Examination of TBI patients in an acute rehabilitation hospital. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
Co-author: Evaluation and treatment of some common medical eye conditions encountered in patients with TBI, stroke and other neurological conditions in an acute care rehabilitation hospital. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
Double vision caused by neurologic disease and injury. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
A new prism use for the treatment of cyclo-deviation in Trochlear nerve injury. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
Co-author: Practical clinical treatment strategies for evaluation and treatment of visual field loss and visual inattention. NeuroRehabilitation, Volume 27 Number 3, 2010
Co-author: Terson’s syndrome managed with 25-guage vitrectomy. Poster presentation at the American Society of Retinal Specialists, 12/5/07.
Brain Injury Medicine Principles and Practice. Nathan D. Zasler, MD, Editor, Douglas I Katz, MD, Editor, Ross D. Zafonte, DO, Editor 2007. Contributing author. Neurologic Problems; Evaluating and Treating Visual Dysfunction.
Visual Disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease and Intervention. CNI Review Fall 2005.
Vision Function, Examination, and Rehabilitation in Patients Suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. Minor Traumatic Brain Injury Handbook – Diagnosis and Treatment. Chapter 17. CRC Press, 2000.
Partial and Selective Occlusion with a Soft Contact Lens for the Clinical Neuro-Optometric Treatment of Diplopia. Journal of Low Vision and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, Vol. 11, No. 1, June 1997
Case Studies of a New Approach Using Partial and Selective Occlusion for the Clinical Treatment of Diplopia. Journal of NeuroRehabilitation, June 1996.
Treating Diplopia, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Volume 4, No.2, Fall 1994
Rehabilitation Hospital Privileges, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Volume 4, No.2, Fall 1994

INVENTIONS:

A SONAR based approach to enhance awareness of visual field loss.
The Cyclo Prism for treatment of rotational strabismus following Cranial Nerve IV injury.
The Spot Patch, partial and selective occlusion for the treatment and management of double vision.

AWARDS and HONORS:

Who’s Who in America, 1994
Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Fraternity, 1977 – 1981
Bausch and Lomb Outstanding Student in Contact Lenses, 1981
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1981
Outstanding Young Men in America, 1980.