James Kundart

James Kundart, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A

Professor
503-352-2759
UC Box 
A134
Jefferson Hall 302

Dr. Kundart received his Bachelor of Science in astronomy and astrophysics and Bachelor of Arts in history from the Pennsylvania State University. He matriculated from Pacific University with his doctorate in optometry, with distinction, and a Master's of Education with emphasis on the relationship of handedness with learning disabilities. He joined the faculty of the College of Optometry in 2005, where he teaches visual perception, ocular motility, nutritional optometry, and pediatric ocular disease.  He is currently pursuing a PhD in Vision Science, studying the relationship between the retinal structure and image size difference (aniseikonia).

Dr. Kundart was in private practice for five years in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he specialized in primary care and low vision for the working poor and special-needs children. Dr. Kundart is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and an academic fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He runs the 3D Performance service in Beaverton where he specializes in double vision and aniseikonia from ocular, neurological, and systemic disease, especially the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. 

Dr. Kundart was named Clinical Faculty of the Year three times and has served as the chair of the board of directors of Amigos Eye Care since 2010.  He is former chair of the University Faculty Senate and is an active member of the Vision Performance Institute and Vision Science graduate program on campus. 

Originally from McAdoo, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kundart and his wife Alicks have a young son and share their home with a collection of rescued pets, including a cat with low vision.

What does he enjoy most about teaching at the College of Optometry?

I came to optometry by way of physics. What I enjoy most is translating the language of physics into the the physiology of the visual system. Whether it's prescribing prism and size lenses for a patient to relieve their double vision and aniseikonia, or diagnosing a problem with the fluid mechanics or electrical signals that run our nervous system and treating it pharmacologically, I find optometry at Pacific to be the perfect intersection of teaching and clinical research. What makes it even better are the hardworking and inquisitive students we attract and that we have the pleasure to work with every day.

Publications

  1. Kundart, J. lead co-author for chapter 8 (Color Vision Development in Infants and Young Children) and chapter 17 (Clinical Tests of Fusion and Stereopsis) in Visual Development, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Pediatric Patient (2nd edition), Taub M, Schnell P, Duckman R (editors)., published 12/17/2019.
  2. Kundart J. Diagnosis and Treatment of Anisiekonia: A Case Report and Review. Optometry and Visual Performance. July 2018: vol 6, no. 3, pages 156-164. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/ed32cf6b#/ed32cf6b/37
  3. Momeni-Moghaddam H, Abbas-Ali Y, Kundart J, Etezad-Razavi M, Askazizadeh F. Effect of Induced Vertical Disparity on Horizontal Fusional Reserves. Strabismus 12-13-2017, pages 1-5. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/9eTeCjDBq93UiqAJsgJC/full 
  4. Kundart, J. “Vision Therapy for Lateropulsion”. Chapter in Taub MB and Schnell PH (editors). Vision Therapy Success Stories from Around the World. 2016: Optometric Extension Program Foundation. https://www.oepf.org/product/vision-therapy-success-stories-around-world-vol-1 ​​​​​​​
  5. Kundart J, Hayes JR, Tai Y-C, and Sheedy JE. Gunnar Optiks Study #2: Electromyography and Tear Volume. Optometry and Visual Performance vol 3 no 4, 2015. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/99309bbc#/99309bbc/45 ​​​​​​​
  6. Momeni-Moghaddam H, Kundart J, Askarizadeh F. Comparing measurement techniques of accommodative amplitudes. Indian J Ophthalmol vol 62(6); 2014 JunPMC4131318. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4131318/ .
  7. Kundart J. (10/2013). Interprofessionalism and the Health Insurance Exchange. Health and Interprofessional Practice 2(1): eP1062. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://dx.doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1062
  8. Momeni-Moghaddam H, Eperjesi F, KundartJ, Sabbaghi  H. Induced Vertical Disparity Effects on Local and Global Stereopsis. Current Eye Research, September 16, 2013. PMID: 24040775. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109%2F02713683.2013.822895 ​​​​​​​
  9. Kundart J. Open-Access Publishing: Opportunities and Challenges. The Journal of Optometric Education, summer, 2013. Accessed 06/12/2016: http://journal.opted.org/the-journal-of-optometric-education/optometric-education-vol-38-no-3-2013/ ​​​​​​​
  10. Kundart J. Seven Ways to Boost “App-titude” in the Clinic at Little or No Cost. The Journal of Optometric Education, spring, 2013. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://journal.opted.org/the-journal-of-optometric-education/optometric-education-vol-38-no-2-2013/ ​​​​​​​
  11. Kundart J. The Role of 3D Vision in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Amblyopia. Advanced Ocular Care, April 2013.
  12. Kundart J. (04/2013). Navigating the Uncharted Waters of the Affordable Health Care Law. Health and Interprofessional Practice 1(4): eP1048. Accessed 12/03/2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1048
  13. Momeni-Moghaddam H, Yeketa AA, Ehsani M, Kundart J. Evaluation of fixation disparity curve with the modified near Mallett unit and the Wesson fixation disparity card in symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects. Strabismus 2013 Dec; 20(4): 166-74. PMID: 23211142. Accessed 12/03/2019. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09273972.2012.735337 ​​​​​​​
  14. Kundart J. 3D in the Optometric Classroom: Forward-Thinking or Fluff? The Journal of Optometric Education, volume 38, number 1, Fall 2012. Accessed 12/03/2019:​​​​​​​ http://journal.opted.org/the-journal-of-optometric-education/optometric-education-vol-38-no-1-2012/
  15. Kundart J, Hayes JR, Tai YC, Sheedy J. Effects on Accommodation and Symptoms of Yellow-Tinted, Low Plus Lenses (Gunnar Optiks Study I). Optometry & Visual Performance, vol 1, no 3 (2013). Accessed 12/03/2019 https://www.ovpjournal.org/uploads/2/3/8/9/23898265/ovp1-3_article_kundart_web.pdf  .
  16. Kundart J, Momeni-Moghadam H, Nguyen J, Hayes JR. Comparing Binocular Vision Suppression on an e-Reader Versus a Smartphone. The Journal of Behavioral Optometry, vol 23 no 5-6, December 2012. Accessed 12/03/2019: https://www.oepf.org/sites/default/files/23_FINAL_KUNDARTetal.pdf
  17. Kundart J. (09/2012). Outcome-Based Healthcare and Interprofessional Practice. Health and Interprofessional Practice 1(3): eP1036. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://dx.doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1036 .
  18. Kundart J. (2012) Khan Academy and “Flipping the Classroom.” Optometric Education vol 37 no 3/ Summer 2012. Pages 104-106. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://journal.opted.org/the-journal-of-optometric-education/optometric-education-vol-37-no-3-2012/
  19. Kundart J. (04/2012). Diabetes and Interprofessional Care. Health and Interprofessional Practice 1(2): eP1027. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://commons.pacificu.edu/hip/vol1/iss2/1 ​​​​​​​
  20. Momeni-Moghadan H, Kundart J, Ehsani M, and Gholami K. Stereopsis with TNO and Titmus Tests in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic University Students. The Journal of Behavioral Optometry, vol 23 no 2 (March 2012). Pages 38-44. Accessed 12/03/2019:​​​​​​​ https://www.oepf.org/sites/default/files/23_2_MOMENI_MOGHADAM_ET_AL.pdf ​​​​​​​
  21. Kundart J. Novel Approaches to Educational Technology: Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs. Optometric Education vol 37, no 2 / Winter-Spring 2012. Pages 70-72. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://journal.opted.org/the-journal-of-optometric-education/optometric-education-vol-37-no-2-2012/ ​​​​​​​
  22. Momeni-Moghaddam H, Kundart J, Ehsani M, Abdeh-Kykha A. Body Mass Index and Binocular Vision Skills. Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology Jan 13 2012. Accessed 12/03/2019:​​​​​​​  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1319453412000033
  23. Kundart J, Tai YC, Hayes JR, Gietzen J, Sheedy J. Real-Time Objective Measurement of Accommodation While Reading. The Journal of Behavioral Optometry: vol 22 no 5 (2011); pages 168-175. Accessed 12/03/2019: http://www.oepf.org/journal/pdf/jbo-volume-22-issue-5-real-time-objective-measurement-accommodation-while-reading .
  24. Kundart J. (2011). HIP: Informing Interprofessional Health Care. Health and Interprofessional Practice 1(1): eP1005. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1016. Accessed 12/03/2019.
  25. Kundart J, Tai YC, Hayes JR, Sheedy J. Word Recognition and the Accommodative Response to Desktop vs. Handheld Video Displays (Handheld Study #2). Interface: The Journal of Education, Community and Values, September 2010. Common Knowledge at Pacific University Libraries; accessed 12/03/2019:​​​​​​​ https://commons.pacificu.edu/verg/5/ ​​​​​​​
  26. Scheiman MM, Hertle RW, Kraker RT, Beck RW, Birch EE, Felius J, Holmes JM, Kundart J, Morrison DG, Repka MX, Tamkins SM; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigators Group (PEDIG). Patching vs. atropine to treat amblyopia in children aged 7 to 12 years: a randomized trial. Archives of Ophthalmology, December 2008; 126 (12): 1634-42. PubMed ID 19064841. Accessed 12/03/2019:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19064841
  27. Kundart J, Hayes JR, Tai YC, Sheedy J. Gunnar Optiks Study II: Electromyography and Tear Volume (2008) Common Knowledge at Pacific University Libraries; accessed 12/03/2019. http://commons.pacificu.edu/verg/3/ ​​​​​​​
  28. Kundart J.  Eye, Hand and Hemisphere: Unraveling Laterality and Learning Disabilities.  Journal of Optometric Vision Development. 2001; 32: 26-32.

Education

Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, State University of New York, 2000

OD, Pacific University, 1999

MEd-VFL, Pacific University, 1999

BA, BS, Pennsylvania State University, 1993