Dr. Aaron Nichols, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Dr Nichols purchased Excel Neuro-Optometric Clinic from Dr. Danna Haba in December of 2022 and is excited to continue the legacy of Excel as Great Lakes Vision Rehabilitation! .
He has a passion for teaching, lecturing,and research. Dr Nichols has a clinical interest in behavioral optometry, traumatic brain injuries, and optometric phototherapy.
Dr. Nichols is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and
Dr. Aaron Nichols is a metro Detroit native and attended Ferris State University for undergraduate. After graduating from Ferris in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, he enrolled at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO). He graduated from ICO in 2018. During his time at ICO, he became interested in binocular vision (eye teaming) and vision rehabilitation. There he was an executive member of the Student College of Optometrist in Vision Development member. He was so eager to continue learning, that he attended the national meetings in Jacksonville, FL and St. Louis, MO for the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. This eagerness led him to pursue options of residency programs to improve his knowledge and skills in vision therapy, rehabilitation, and vision development.
In July of 2018, he matched with a private practice residency in Connecticut affiliated with the State University of New York School of Optometry. The residency program had focused on all areas of vision rehabilitation, including but not limited to, autism, traumatic and acquired brain injury, pediatric vision, strabismus and amblyopia, and neurodegenerative disorders. As part of the program, Dr. Nichols was required to provide a COPE-approved (continuing education credits) lecture. He decided to lecture on the importance of the visual system and traumatic brain injury. His passion for lecturing and learning more also led him to start a career in research.
Once he finished his residency, he moved back to Michigan to join Great Lakes Vision Rehabilitation at Excel (Excel Neuro-Optometric Clinic). After joining GLVR, Dr. Nichols pursued two fellowships. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 2021 and a fellow of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. The fellowship processes are post-graduate training and require additional years of training to complete. His FAAO distinction shows his dedication to practicing optometry within the guidelines of evidence-based medicine, as well as growing optometry through research of his own. His FCOVD distinction is a board-certification in vision therapy, vision rehabilitation, and vision development and ensures he provides the highest level of therapy to his patients and continues to expand his knowledge in those areas.
His passion for research has grown since his residency days. He helped create the Optometric Phototherapy Investigator Team (O.P.I.T.). This team of doctors consists of private practice optometrists who have partnered with some of the optometry schools to help provide evidence and promote the use of optometric phototherapy. The team has published their first study in the Vision Development and Rehabilitation Journal and is currently assisting clinical trials at their private practices and at Ohio State University and State University of New York.
When Dr. Nichols is not working in the clinic, working on publications, or working on research he enjoys spending his time golfing, exercising, watching sports, and going for walks. In addition, Dr. Nichols enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, family, and friends.
Below are the links to Dr. Nichols research and publications:
He is actively working on more research and publications! Please stay tuned...