Dr. Donald “Donn” Carroll received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in 1972. After interning in Canada with the esteemed Dr. Gimbal, he returned to the states to open clinics in Brewster and Grand Coulee Washington in 1973. In 1977 he sold both practices and moved to Lesotho, Africa working as a medical missionary Optometrist for a year. Upon his return to the states he set up practice in the lovely mountain community of Morton, Washington in 1978 and has been there ever since and also in Olympia, the capitol city. His experience with managing ocular pathology with nutrition ultimately led to Donn graduating as the first Optometrist from the Nutritional Therapy program with certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2004. This led to Donn’s participation as lead researcher in a 2011 study with Dr. Stuart Richer and Bill Sardi on the benefits of resveratrol on macular degeneration.

In 1996 he received certifications from the School of Natural Healing and Nutritional Therapy in Medical Practice certificate. He continues to attend several nutritional seminars annually and research independently continually. Dr. Carroll is among the founding membership of the Optometric Retinal Society and is a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society. The retina continues to be the primary focus of his busy practice which deals primarily with patients with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other disease states in addition to routine family eye care.

Dr. Carroll’s nutritional emphasis in practice began in the 1980’s when he was in his twenties. He personally developed cataracts and began consulting Dr. Jonathon V. Wright to determine why this would happen in such a young person. The main culprit was systemic mercury from his silver filings and low antioxidant status. He noticed his vision improving as he started Dr. Wright’s protocol which involved taking antioxidants and having his mercury amalgams removed. This began his journey to prevent and treat disease states using nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle changes alongside traditional care at his main clinic in Morton, Washington and also at two other clinics he works in.

Dr. Carroll celebrates 39 years in the same location in 2017, but has no desire to retire anytime soon. Having seen the profession of Optometry change over the years to encompass the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease using high-tech magnified 3D cameras, and now expanding into the use of nutritional therapies often alongside medication, Dr. Carroll continues to write and speak on the topic he is most passionate about: preserving vision naturally.

Dr. Donald A. Carroll, Optometric Physician



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