Notable Alumna


Cynthia G. Heard, OD, FAAO
Class of 1992

Dr. Cynthia Heard received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1992 from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Geriatric Vision and Visual Rehabilitation at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center, which is affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.

Dr. Heard taught at The Ohio State University College of Optometry for 14 years in Primary Eye Care, Ocular Disease Service, and as a preceptor for the Primary Care Externship Program. She has been an Associate Professor of Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry since 2007 where she teaches in the Adult Primary Care and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Heard is a member of the American Optometric Association, the National Optometric Association (NOA), the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is currently a Council on Optometric Practitioner Education reviewer and a volunteer for the Education Quality Assurance Committee for the Academy. Dr. Heard is also past president of the NOA.

Dr. Heard’s professional interests include ocular disease management, especially dry eye and glaucoma, and optometric care of low vision patients.



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