Marilyn Vricella, OD

Associate Clinical Professor


Dr. Marilyn Vricella is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Pediatrics and Infant Vision department of the University Eye Center. She received her Doctor of Optometry from SUNY College of Optometry and upon graduation received the Dr. F.W. Brock Memorial Award, Dr. S. Eisenberg Memorial Award and the Dr. M. Cohen Memorial Award.
Dr. Vricella completed her residency in Pediatrics and Infant Vision at SUNY College of Optometry before joining the College as a faculty member. She is a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Vricella is a clinical instructor in the Pediatric Department of the University Eye Center where she provides pediatric patient care and is also a clinical instructor. She is the pediatric optometry residency supervisor and she mentors and provides professional guidance and clinical supervision to two pediatric optometry residents.
Additionally she is the Principal Investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group and is involved in multiple research studies. Dr. Vricella serves as the American Optometric Association Faculty and Student Membership Liaison. Dr. Vricella has lectured both nationally and internationally in the areas of pediatrics and binocular vision and has numerous professional publications.


  • OD, Doctor of Optometry, SUNY College of Optometry, 1997
  • BS, , Lehigh University , 1991

Residency/Other Post Graduate Training

  • Pediatric and Infant Vision Optometry - Array, 1998


  • Fellow: American Academy of Optometry - , 2022
  • Fellow: College of Optometrist in Vision Development - , 2012


  • Americ's Best Eye Dcotors , 2022
  • America's Best Eye Doctors, 2021

Professional Experience

  • Associate Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry, 2017 - Present
  • Principal Investigator, Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, 2014 - Present
  • Faculty Student Liaison/ Faculty & Student Engagement Committee, American Optometric Association, 2012 - Present
  • Pediatric and Infant Vision Residency Supervisor , State Universty of New York College of Optometry, 2005 - Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry, 1998 - 2017

Research Interests

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group
Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trials

Clinical Interests

Infants, toddlers, pre school and school aged children’s vision
children with special needs
binocular vision disorders


  • Refraction in the Pediatric Eye Exam, 2022
  • Observing beyond the eyes: A rare case report of pigmentary retinopathy, Optom Vis Perf 9(1) 21-8 21-8, 2021
  • Overminus Lens Therapy for Children 3 to 10 Years of Age With Vricella, Marilyn 6 Intermittent Exotropia A Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA Ophthalmol 2021
  • Visual Acuity in the Young Child, 2020
  • Limbal Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis: Prompt Treatment Can Prevent Visually Threatening Complications, Optometry and Visual Performance 213-221 213-221, 2019
  • Effect of a Binocular iPad Game vs Part-time Patching in Children Aged 5 to 12 Years With Amblyopia, JAMA Ophthalmology 134 (12): 1391 1391, 2016
  • Pediatric Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: A Case Report. , Optometry and Visual Performance 3 (4): 316-323 316-323, 2015
  • Vision Therapy in a Young Pediatric Population, Journal of Behavioral Optometry 21 (3): 59-61 59-61, 2010
  • Retrospective Clinical Review of Amblyopia Treatment in Children Under 5 Years of Age, Optometry - Journal of the American Optometric Association 81 (6): 271-272 271-272, 2010
  • Vision Therapy in an Adult Population: Who, What & Why, Journal of Behavioral Optometry 18 (4): 100-105 100-105, 2007
  • Monocular deprivation in an identical twin, Optometry - Journal of the American Optometric Association 76 (10): 579-587 579-587, 2005
  • Monocular deprivation in an identical twin., Optometry (St. Louis, Mo.) 76 (10): 579-87 579-87, 2005
  • MONOCULAR DEPRIVATION IN AN IDENTICAL TWIN., Optometry and Vision Science 79 (Supplement): 216 216, 2002
  • Effectiveness of the Welch Allyn SureSight Autorefractor as a Screening Tool in a sample of children aged 3-69 months, Journal of Behavioral Optometry 13 123-125 123-125, 2002


  • A Potpourri of Preschool and Infant Ocular Presentations , 2022
  • Amblyopia Evidence Based Management for the Primary Care Optometrist, 2022
  •  Amblyopia Evidence Based Management for Primary Care Optometrist, 2020
  •  Examining and Prescribing for the Pediatric Patients in Your Primary Care Practice COPE , 2019
  •  What Every OD Needs to know about Pediatric Optometry, 2014
  •  A Potpourri of Pediatric Diagnosis, What do I do?, 2013
  •  Pediatrics/Binocular Vision , 2013
  • InfantSee Workshop, 2013
  •  Potpourri of Infant & Pre School Ocular Presentations, 2008
  •  Amblyopia Diagnosis Today; Treatment Tomorrow, 2005
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