Meet Our Ithaca Eye Doctors
Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our Ithaca optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
So if you’re looking for eye doctors and eye care near you in the Ithaca area, look no further than Whole Picture Health & Vision!
Dr. Tanya Bloom graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology. She then spent three years in clinical research at Weill Cornell in their Hematology/Oncology Department. She attended optometry school at the SUNY College of Optometry, where she worked as a student research assistant and completed fourth year rotations in the areas of Ocular Disease, Contact Lens, Head Trauma, Pediatrics, and Vision Therapy. Upon graduating, she completed a Residency specializing in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at Eyecare Associates, PC in Connecticut and went on to train the upcoming Resident, optometry school interns and Vision Therapists in the diagnosis and treatment of binocular, accommodative, oculomotor and visual perceptual disorders in the pediatric, brain injury and general population.
Dr. Bloom performs comprehensive exams for patients of all ages, evaluating ocular health and treatment of ocular diseases, fitting contact lenses and evaluating functional vision. She is the founder of Whole Picture Health and Vision, an interdisciplinary center that strives to work with other health professionals to achieve maximum results in treating vision disorders.
She has completed post-graduate training and is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS) and American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She is a member of her local and state optometric organizations, and volunteers her time at the Ithaca Free Clinic performing eye exams to patients with financial hardship. She is also a provider with InfantSee, which provides no cost vision screening to infants age 6-12 months.
Dr. Larry B. Wallace is a behavioral optometrist who has practiced for over 40 years in Ithaca, NY. He is the former President and current education director for the College of Syntonic Optometry, an organization dedicated to education and research in optometric photo-therapy. He is a former President of the International Light Association. He is certified in Low Vision, and Postural Rehabilitation specialist. He is a member of College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO), Optometric Extension Program (OEP) and the Academy of Preventive Medicine. He has invented and patented the first micro-current device to treat retinal disease.
Dr. Wallace organizes workshops, lectures around the world, and publishes articles on vision therapy, syntonics and preventive vision care.
Dr. Melissa Walters OD earned her Bachelor of Science in 1995 and her Doctorate in Optometry in 1999 from The Ohio State University. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked as a research assistant in Infant Vision Studies at The Ohio State College of Optometry. Her work in vision research shaped her career decision to become an optometrist. After graduation, she completed a residency in Primary Vision with the Indian Health Service, and a Post - Graduate Year Two Residency in Ocular Disease at Boston Medical Center.
Following her residencies, she served two years in the Commissioned Corps Indian Health Service. She later worked as a Staff Optometrist at the Colorado Springs Veterans Affairs. She obtained her Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 2002 and Diplomate status with the American Board of Optometry in 2014. In 2016, she completed a Masters Degree in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University.
Dr. Walters is a member of the Armed Forces Optometric Society, and the American Academy of Optometry. She is also a member of the American Board of Optometry where she was a member of the ABO Test Development Committee.
Dr. Walters is experienced in the treatment of ocular disease. She is passionate about helping patients understand how nutrition and lifestyle choices can impact their ocular health.