A photo of Melissa L. Rice.

Pediatric Optometrist, Division of Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of OphthalmologyClinical Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

513-636-4751

About Me

Biography

As a pediatric optometrist, I specialize in amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (misaligned eyes), convergence insufficiency (eyes tend to drift outward as a person looks at near objects) and cerebral/cortical visual impairment (CVI), which is a brain-based visual impairment.

At age four, I was diagnosed with an eye condition. I’ve worn glasses ever since, which could have resulted in poor vision. However, due to the excellent care I received as a child, I have great vision. My goal is to provide excellent care to each patient and give them the best possible visual outcome.

I’m residency-trained with more than 20 years’ experience in my field. Every month, I provide care in a specialty clinic for children with cerebral palsy and cerebral/cortical visual impairment. I’m driven to provide exceptional eye care to my patients.

As a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology, I strive to be a valuable mentor to our optometry resident by serving as the director of the Pediatric Optometry Residency Program.

I am passionate about research and innovation in the areas of amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, CVI and intermittent exotropia (one eye occasionally drifts outward). I’m an active investigator in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator’s Group (PEDIG), which is a collaborative network of eye doctors doing multi-center research studies on pediatric eye conditions. In addition to PEDIG, I’m actively working on research projects to help the eye care community identify, diagnose and understand this condition.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, knitting, gardening, hiking and spending time with my husband and two daughters. As a child I participated in my hometown circus, which involved a low-flying trapeze.

Clinical Interests

Amblyopia; strabismus; binocular vision.

Research Interests

Amblyopia; strabismus; convergence insufficiency.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of OphthalmologyClinical Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Divisions

Ophthalmology

My Locations

My Education

BS: Indiana University, 1997.

OD: Indiana University School of Optometry, 1999.

Residency: Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision, New England College of Optometry, 1999-2000.

Certification: National Board of Examiners in Optometry; Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, 2002.

Post-Graduate: Postdoctoral Certificate, Clinical Research Training Program, 2007.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Cataract development associated with long-term glucocorticoid therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients. Rice, ML; Wong, B; Horn, PS; Yang, MB. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2018; 22:192-196.

Results of ocular dominance testing depend on assessment method. Rice, ML; Leske, DA; Smestad, CE; Holmes, JM. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2008; 12:365-369.

An Abbreviated Reading Speed Test. RICE, ML; BIRCH, EE; HOLMES, JM. Optometry and Vision Science. 2005; 82:128-133.