About Us

Philip C. Bugaiski, OD, FCOVD, FCSO

Bachelor of Science, Penn State University Doctorate of Optometry, State University of NY, College of Optometry Board Certified in Vision Therapy & Developmental Vision Fellowship in The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD)

Dr.-Phil-Bugaiski-1.jpgDr. Bugaiski was born in New York and first developed an interest in optometry as a result of childhood vision challenges, requiring vision therapy. Graduating from Penn State with honors, he was awarded one of six national scholarships for optometry from the US Air Force. He attended State University of New York College of Optometry, attaining his Doctorate. After graduation, he was commissioned as an Air Force Captain, and served at Pope AFB, NC and Lakenheath RAF, England.

With an honorable discharge, Dr. Bugaiski settled in Charlotte. He worked as Chief of Pediatrics and Vision Therapy for a multi-doctor practice until he founded The Developmental Vision Center, specializing in Vision Development, Vision Therapy, Pediatric Optometry, and Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Bugaiski has served on the Academic Services, Membership, and Practice Management Committees of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is currently serving on the International Examination and Certification Board, the organization which confers Board Certification in Vision Therapy.

Dr. Bugaiski is also a Fellow of the College of Syntonic Optometry and has been recently appointed to the College's Board of Directors. He is a sought after guest speaker for various groups on a local, national, and international level.

Outside the clinic, Dr. Bugaiski is active with his church, St. Thomas Aquinas, volunteering with the music ministry and with the ministry for the homeless. He sings with the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, and is an officer of their Board of Directors. Dr. Bugaiski has served on the Penn State College of Science Alumni Board of Directors. He also directs and participates in charitable vision missions to Mexico.

We specialize in vision therapy.

Founded in 2005 by Dr. Philip C. Bugaiski, The Developmental Vision Center is Charlotte's first optometric clinic exclusively dedicated to patients with vision problems requiring more than glasses or contact lenses. We specialize in developmental optometry, including:

  • Comprehensive vision evaluations for all ages
  • Prescribing of Lenses and Prisms for vision issues beyond 20/20 eyesight
  • Optometric Vision Therapy for vision problems that interfere with learning and attention
  • Treatment for Strabismus (eye turns) and Amblyopia (often called "lazy eye")
  • Wavelength-Specific Photic Therapy
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation for survivors of head injuries and stroke
  • Sport Vision Training

We are proud to remain the only clinic in Charlotte with this exclusive specialty. While there are other offices in the area that provide vision therapy, we do not conduct "routine" eye care, and we do not sell glasses or contact lenses. Simply, we do nothing that would distract us from the unique needs of our patients.