Visual therapist John Jacobi, O.D., has put together one of southeastern Michigan’s largest independent optometry practices. He focuses particularly on creating customized visual therapy programs to address vision problems, including lazy or crossed eyes, reading trouble, headaches, sore eyes, and double vision. Dr. John Jacobi earned his O.D. from Ferris State University’s College of Optometry in 1988. He has since gained recognition from several professional groups, including the College of Optometrists in Visual Development (COVD), the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Jacobi works with a wide range of adults and children, including children with special needs.John Jacobi, O.D., implements his vision therapy programs together with regular corrective eye treatments, such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, contacts, and eye patches. Visual therapy differs from standard therapy in that its goal is training the visual system of the patient to correct itself. Through the use of computerized activities, visual-motor-sensory programs, and sometimes balance boards or metronomes, Dr. Jacobi can address both specific and generalized vision problems or help patients work on visual skills.Over the last 20 years, John Jacobi, O.D., has filled roles at several vision care organizations. He began his career at Suburban Eye Care, where he took an associate position after finishing his education and worked his way up to partner over time. He has also worked in the nonprofit sector as President of the Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit. He presently holds the position of state director at COVD in addition to managing two doctors and treating patients at his own practice.