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Dr. Marisa Atria Kruger O.D., FCOVD

Dr. Marisa Atria Kruger O.D., FCOVD

Dr. Marisa Atria Kruger has been practicing behavioral optometry since her graduation from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1989. In addition to private practice, Dr. Kruger has also been the Director of Vision Training at the Colorado Optometric Center for five years.

Professional Biography

Her interest in the relationship between vision and learning has taken the form of in-school vision programs, school screenings, consulting with Special Education teams and volunteer tutoring for young readers.

Dr. Kruger was the President of the Vision & Learning Forum, a non-profit organization that promotes a multidisciplinary approach to solving learning problems.

Dr. Kruger is a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision development and was awarded the Colorado Optometrist of the Year in 2001. Dr. Kruger received the A.M. Skeffington Award for Excellence in Visual Therapy in 1989.

Dr. Kruger was an adjunct professor at Pacific University College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry and University of Houston College of Optometry.

Dr. Kruger has served as expert witness in court trial on behalf of patients and also as independent evaluator for patients and insurance companies in dispute. Treating people who have been injured or have had various brain insults such as strokes and tumors has become an area of emphasis in this practice.

Examination of infants and special populations is an area of interest and expertise.

As a member of Lions in Sight, Dr. Kruger volunteers to bring visual examinations and glasses to under-privileged communities in Mexico, Bolivia, and Kenya, Africa.

Dr. Kruger is certified in classical homeopathy. Her private optometric practice adds homeopathy to the traditional tools available to optometrists.

Vision Transformation, Inc. supports Children of Hope in Kitalale and Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about this organization please go to

Treatment philosophy

The way I practice attempts to pull together a deep philosophy that people get to keep what they practice; That, with very few exceptions, we can always improve; That our biology and physiology are influenced by the way we act and think as well as by our genetics; And that brain plasticity allows us to improve and learn throughout life.

Vision is our most powerful system to influence the brain. Vision reaches out farther and faster than any other system we have. It is an honor to participate in visual training and rehabilitation to help people both get out of crisis when vision causes discomfort and dysfunction, and also to train vision to improve performance from good to great and beyond!

When I prescribe glasses or contact lenses or visual training, that prescription should either directly or indirectly produce a trend of improvement in comfort and performance, measurable in multiple different ways. In other words, if we fix one thing at the expense of another it is not ideal. In order to practice this way, I have had to scrap old philosophies that have not held up to scrutiny. I have had to embrace things that work from many disciplines and be flexible in my thinking. I am bulldog to solve problems, looking onto many approaches, until we have something that works. I believe God has an infinite number of ways to heal us and therefore it would be arrogant of me to believe I can be an expert at all of them. We have a trusted network of doctors and therapists to whom we can refer and we are always seeking professionals who think this way.