Dr. Dean graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1976 with both a Bachelors of Science in Vision Science and a Doctorate of Optometry degrees. Dr. Dean practiced with his father in Sparta Michigan, where he grew up, a small town north of Grand Rapids. He relocated to Myrtle Beach in 1981 where he currently owns and directs a specialty practice devoted to vision therapy and vision rehabilitation.
Dr. Dean is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), in 2010 he completed the COVD fellowship process. Members of COVD are optometrists who specialize in working with children and adults experiencing difficulties in the areas of binocular vision, focusing, eye teaming, strabismus and amblyopia and visual processing skill.
Dr. Dean coordinates with parents and educators in writing IEP programs and helping to write accommodations and 504 modifications. He also coordinates sensory integration programs with Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Behavior Medical Specialties.
Dr. Dean is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitative Association (NORA). Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is an individualize treatment regimen for patients with visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and other neurological insults. He provides treatment for people with visual field loss, double vision, visual balance disorders, visual midline shift syndrome, post trauma vision syndrome, light sensitivity and reading disorders.
Dr. Dean is also a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA); South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA); and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).