Deborah Amster, OD

Associate Clinical Professor
Languages: English


Dr. Amster is an alumna of the New England College of Optometry and completed a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry (NSU). She joined the NSU faculty after her residency and had been an active member of their community for 16 years. Since August of 2019, she has been an associate clinical professor and the sub-section chief of the pediatrics service of SUNY's University Eye Center. She has served as a preceptor of first-, second-, third- and fourth-year students and residents in clinic and laboratory settings and an instructor of record, instructor and guest lecturer for didactic and laboratory courses. She has been actively involved in research projects, including the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group and the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial studies. Dr. Amster has authored and co-authored book chapters, co-authored scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presented numerous posters and lectures. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). She serves on COVD’s international examination and certification board and has co-chaired national committees. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the New York State Optometric Association.


  • OD, , The New England College of Optometry, 2001
  • BS, Psychobiology, Binghamton University (SUNY), 1997

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Pediatrics and Binocular Vision - Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, 2003


  • Fellow - College of Optometrists in Vision Development, 2009
  • Fellow - American Academy of Optometry, 2004
  • State Board Optometry License - Florida Department of Health, 2002
  • State Board Optometry License - New York Education Department, 2001


  • Golden Apple Award, 2008
  • Golden Apple Award, 2006
  • Golden Apple Award, 2005
  • Golden Apple Award, 2004

Professional Experience

  • Associate Clinical Professor/ Pediatrics Sub-section Chief, SUNY College of Optometry/UEC, 2019 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, 2017 - 2019
  • Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, 2005 - 2017


  • Visual Concerns in the Child with Special Needs , 2019
  • Plus at near for accommodative insufficiency , 2018
  • Anisometropic hyperopic amblyopia , 2015
  • Eye Examination Testability in Children with Autism and in Typical Peers. , Opt Vis Sci 92(1 2015
  • Improvement in Academic Behaviors After Successful Treatment of Convergence Insufficiency., Opt Vis Sci 89(1) 2012
  • Diagnosis and treatment of vision information processing disorders , 2012
  • When Stress Strains Vision., Review of Optometry July 2011
  • Academic Behaviors in Children with Convergence Insufficiency with and without Parent-Reported ADHD. , Opt Vis Sci 86(10 2009
  • Fusional vergence dysfunction: A case report., J Behav Optom 19(3) 2008
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