Dr. Linda Lawrence, MD established in 1986 a solo, private practice in comprehensive ophthalmology with pediatric emphasis in Salina, Kansas. Since 1992, she performs functional vision assessment in the early intervention, Part C program, at Salina Regional Health Center, Kansas, and has documented the high rate of undiagnosed ocular pathology in infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities, and advocated for earlier detection and interventions. She performs outreach services with the Kansas State School for the Blind and is a volunteer consultant for Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) in Lima, Peru, an educational NGO for students with neuro-developmental disabilities.
Dr. Lawrence has been an invited speaker to many national and international meetings, and trains trainers in the area of early intervention for infants and toddlers with multiple disabilities and low vision for local, national, and international teams including Brazil, Peru, India, and Nigeria, and throughout the Middle East.
She volunteers for ORBIS, and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Kansas. Dr. Lawrence has co-authored a book chapter on Pediatric Low Vision. She is a member AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) and AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus), chairing the AAPOS committee on Pediatric Low Vision Rehabilitation and the AAO committee on Global Education and Outreach. She is on the WHO International Consensus scientific committee developing International Low Vision Rehabilitation Standards including birth to 3 years. Dr. Lawrence was honored by the AAO with the International Humanitarian Services Award in 2009 for her volunteer work in Kansas, and internationally.