PROFESSOR OF OPTOMETRY
Chief, Vision Therapy Services
O.D. Pacific University, 1984
Teaching Fellowship, Pacific University 1984-1986
M.Ed. Visual Function in Learning, Pacific University, 1994
Dr. Laukkanen is a Clinical Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and serves on the peer review board for the Journal of Behavioral Optometry. Dr. Laukkanen has published articles in various optometric journals as well as authored a chapter on reading eye movements. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of pediatrics, binocular vision, and dyslexia, and brain injury. He is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry and completed a Teaching Fellowship at Pacific University College of Optometry and a clinical internship in Vision Therapy at the State University of New York.
A full-time faculty at the College of Optometry since 1986, currently teaches classes in Perceptual Problems, Neurorehabilitative Optometry, Multi-disciplinary Service, New Ophthalmic Intstrumentation and Materials, Vision Therapy Patient Care, and Vision Ergonomics Research Seminar. He serves as Chief of Vision Therapy Services and advises fourth year students at the Forest Grove Family Vision Center. Dr. Laukkanen is a member of the Vision Ergonomics Research Group.
Dr. Laukkanen serves as a consultant and expert witness on brain injury cases. He has also served extensively as a relief optometrist in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.
Born in Astoria, Oregon, Dr. Laukkanen enjoys skiing, scuba, gardening, fishing and, admittedly, driving too fast.
An accomplished writer, Dr. Laukkanen recounts his adventures as a snag diver in "Bubbles From a Snag Diver" which originally appeared in 2003 in the Clatsop County Historical Society Quarterly. Read the article: Bubbles from a Snag Diver
What does he enjoy most about teaching at the College of Optometry?
“The best reward is seeing the tinder of “a commitment to life long learning”, ignite in my students with the humble hope that perhaps I have contributed.”